published : 2023-11-15

House Homeland Chair Green to warn US is at 'one of the most dangerous times' in history during threat hearing

DHS Secretary Mayorkas, FBI Director Wray and National Counterterrorism Director Abizaid will testify at 9 am

Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green speaking at the threat hearing (taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green is expected to warn that the present is 'one of the most dangerous times in the history of the United States' during his panel’s hearing Wednesday focused on worldwide threats.

The hearing Wednesday will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature testimony from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and National Counterterrorism Center Director Christine Abizaid.

Green, R-Tenn., will highlight the security challenges facing the United States amidst the war between Israel and Hamas.

He warns that the 'dynamic' security challenges are increasing every day.

Green emphasizes the gravity of the situation and states, 'I do not say this lightly; this is one of the most dangerous times in the history of the United States.'

In an exclusive interview, Green notes that the United States is at a heightened risk due to various factors, including the 'open door policy' at the U.S. Southern Border.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying at the House Judiciary Committee hearing (taken with Nikon D850)

He expresses concern about the potential for 'lone wolf' terror attacks by homegrown terrorists who have been recruited and radicalized within the United States.

Green also highlights the unprecedented crisis at the Southern Border, describing it as the worst in American history and raises awareness about malicious activities by nation-state actors.

The Homeland Security Chairman points out the rising threats of antisemitism in the United States after Hamas' recent attack on Israel.

He mentions that foreign terrorist organizations like ISIS have called on extremist supporters to target Jewish communities in the United States and Europe.

Green further draws attention to the cyber threats the United States is facing from adversarial nations like Iran.

The hearing follows the testimony of Mayorkas, Wray, and Abizaid before the Senate Homeland Security Committee last month, where Wray warned that the threat level of a terror attack against Americans has reached a 'whole other level.'

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas addressing security challenges at the hearing (taken with Sony Alpha A7R III)

The Department of Homeland Security has also emphasized the heightened threat environment.

Green plans to address the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party to the United States, coinciding with the meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in California.

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