CIA Director, John Brennan


While updating the Senate intelligence committee today, CIA Director, John Brennan, said that ISIS is training operatives and attempting to enter the U.S. through “refugee flows, smuggling routes and legitimate methods of travel”.

Brennan continued, “Unfortunately, despite all of our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the groups terrorism capability and global reach. The resources needed for terrorism are modest. The group would have to suffer even heaver loses on territory, manpower and money for the terrorist capacity to decline significantly.”

The CIA Director also revealed that, “the number of ISIL fighters now far exceeds what al-Qaida had at its height.”

From the information the CIA has gathered, “we judge that ISIL is training and attempting to deploy for operatives further attacks. ISIL has large cadre of western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West. The group is probably exploring a variety of means for infiltrating operatives into the West,” Brennan told Congress.

This announcement comes as Pres. Obama pushes to reach his goal of bringing in at least 10,000 additional Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year. In order to accomplish this objective, the Obama administration has reduced the screening process for Syrian refugees from 18-24 months down to just three months. This change was made despite a warning from FBI Director, James Comey, that said the U.S. does not have the ability to thoroughly screen the Syrian refugees for terrorist ties even through the lengthy 18-24-month process.

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Updated: Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 3:35pm EDT