One of the biggest stories covered on the Sunday morning television news shows was the ongoing jihad being waged by the group originally calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but in the aftermath of invading and occupying territory in both Syria and Iraq they now prefer simply the Islamic State. A major focus during more than one of the news shows was the likelihood of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
For example, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, during a Sunday morning interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, claimed that he and his colleagues aren’t aware of any specific threat during the run-up to — or during — the memorial for the 13th Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that left thousands dead and leveled one of the world’s largest business complexes.
But, Congressman King cautioned that ISIS and al-Qaida are already increasing the intensity of their rhetoric as they continue their actions in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Kenya and other locations with large numbers of Islamist fighters.
“We cannot let our guard down for a second, especially with the anniversary of 9/11 coming up,” King said on ABC’s “This Week” news show.
In addition, according to an Examiner news story, Somalia’s government officials on Saturday advised the U.S., Kenya and other nations’ officials to go on high alert in response to possible retaliation for the U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attack that specifically targeted Al Shabaab’s Islamist leader on Labor Day.
The al-Qaida affiliated terrorist organization claimed that its Emir, 37-year-old Ahmed Abdi Godane was assassinated by the United States military in a UAV, or drone, attack on an Al Shabaab stronghold in southern Somalia last week, according to Examiner.
With over 3.5 million visa overstays already in the U.S., several security experts believe it would be next to impossible for an ill-prepared immigration system to stop returning Americans from the battlefields of Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and other nations.
A Government Accountability Office study revealed that U.S. border security efforts have been focused on securing the nation’s northern and southern borders. However, more than 40 percent of all illegal aliens do not sneak across the northern and southern borders, but enter the U.S. legally through the front door and then never leave in spite of their visa expiration, according to a 2012 Examiner news story.
“Does anyone believe an immigration enforcement system that can be defeated by children will stop a well-trained, battle-hardened jihadist? There’s not even a pretense of immigration enforcement by the current administration,” said former anti-terrorism unit and police intelligence officer, Michael Snipes.