(SOURCE) The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee warned on Sunday that terrorism is spreading like “wildfire” throughout parts of the world.
On CNN’s “State of the Union, ” host Candy Crowley asked Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) if the United States is “less safe” because of widespread terrorist groups and lone-wolf terrorist threats.
“I think a lot of the programs and policies that have been put in place since 9/11 have prevented another 9/11-style attack,” McCaul said. “On the other hand, I think the threat has become greater, not lesser.”
McCaul also said President Barack Obama has created a “false narrative and premise” by saying that Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are on the run.
“I personally see (terrorism) spreading like a spider web, like a wildfire through Northern Africa and the Middle East,” McCaul said. “As that threat increases overseas, so too does it increase in the homeland.”
Schiff said the U.S. is safer from larger terrorist threats but smaller ones continue to pose a national security problem.