According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, federal law enforcement has launched “multiple investigations” into individuals in the United States who are affiliated with Hamas, however, thus far there has been no evidence of any specific credible threat, CBS News reported.
In testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee on November 15, Wray said the FBI’s primary focus is on “homegrown violent extremists” who are inspired by terrorist organizations as well as “domestic violent extremists” who are targeting Jews “or other faith communities.”
Wray testified to the committee alongside DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and National Counterterrorism Center Director Christina Abidzaid.
Wray told the committee that the terror threat was already elevated this year but since the October 7 terror attack in Israel, the threat against US citizens has risen to “a whole ‘nother level,” with a “rogue’s gallery of foreign terrorist organizations” calling for attacks on Americans and US allies.
He said in light of the calls for action, the bureau’s “most immediate concern” is small groups or individuals who could be inspired to carry out attacks on the US homeland.
Wray told the Homeland Security Committee that most investigations into individuals with ties to Hamas have been focused on their financial support for the terror group. However, the FBI is continuing to review intelligence “to assess how the threat may be evolving.”
In a hearing before a Senate committee last month, Wray said the US intel community is primarily concerned about possible lone-wolf-style attackers who are inspired by calls to action from groups like Hamas, ISIS, and al Qaeda.
He told the Senators that at this point, Americans don’t need to adjust their daily lives due to an increase in threats, however, “it is a time to be concerned.”
In his testimony in the House, Wray echoed that sentiment, telling committee members that Americans should be careful and alert but should not “stop going about their daily lives.”