Dem Senator: US Domestic Threats Greater than International Terrorism

US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

( – The United States of America is presently facing more significant domestic terrorism threats than it does from international terrorism, according to a leading Democrat member of the US Senate who was commenting on the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

US Senator Mark Warner, a Democratic from Virginia and the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, declared his concerns about domestic threats in a Sunday interview on CBS News “Face the Nation.”

Warner made it clear he is far more concerned about threats from within America and that he means conservative and right-wing Americans such as the protesters who breached the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

He was responding to a question by CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan about whether 21 years after 9/11, America is still vulnerable to Islamist terrorism and whether it is “paying enough attention to the Middle East and to Afghanistan.”

In his answer, the Democrat chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee recalled that he was right in the middle of a political campaign when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened and that back then, he had far fewer differences with his opponents than he does today.

He lauded the American public for “coming together” after the attacks and insisted that “we defeated the terrorists” due to its “resilience.”

Warner also emphasized that thanks to the US intelligence community, America is both “better prepared” and “safer” from Islamist terrorism. He then compared the foreign terrorist threat to the “domestic threat.”

“The stunning thing to me is here we are 20 years later, and the attack on the symbol of our democracy was not coming from terrorists, but it came from literally insurgents attacking the Capitol on January 6,” the Democrat US Senator stated.

“I believe we are stronger. I believe our intelligence community has performed remarkably. I think the threat of terror has diminished. I think we still have new challenges in terms of nation-state challenges, Russia in longer-term, a technology competition with China,” Warner elaborated.

He then emphasized that “the election deniers” from the 1/6 “insurgency” are his most significant cause of concern for the safety and security of the United States.

“But I do worry about some of the activity in this country where the election deniers, the insurgency that took place on January 6, that is something I hope we could see that same kind of unity of spirit,” declared the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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