December 10, 2023

The top officials from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) testified about increased security threats following the Hamas terrorist attack on October 7, 2023. The testimony emphasized the evolving global threat landscape and its potential consequences for the United States and its communities. Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, highlighted the impact of the attack on innocent civilians in Israel and its implications for the United States. Christopher A. Wray, Director of the FBI, expressed concern about growing threats on US soil, especially from lone offenders inspired by or reacting to the Israel-Hamas conflict. Christine Abizaid, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, emphasized the need to monitor and evaluate potential threats to the United States in the wake of the attack. The Secure Community Network (SCN) reported an unprecedented uptick in incident reports and emphasized the importance of vigilance, preparation, and communication in these times.