All indicators are pointing to the fact that the Russian passenger jet was brought down by a bomb planted by the ISIS, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said on Fox News Sunday. Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Peter King also said the same, both warning that weak airport security in the country made American flights vulnerable to such attack.
McCaul said he had a high degree of confidence that an ISIS-planted bomb downed the Russian passenger plane flying from Sinai. He called the attack a new chapter for ISIS and raised the possibility that the terrorist group may conduct a similar attack aboard a plane headed to the U.S. He expressed great concern, not just for Russian airlines but also for American-bound flights, he told Fox news Sunday host Chris Wallace.
He said chatters were heard ahead of the tragedy. “When you couple that with the satellite technology, this flash of heat on the airplane, the fact that ISIS has declared war on Russia, this was a Russian plane headed for Russia… and in addition to the U.S. and U.K. intelligence that we’ve received, I think all indicators are pointing to the fact that this was ISIS putting a bomb on an airplane,” McCaul said on the show.
In a November Terror Threat Snapshot released on Nov. 2, McCaul also stressed that the ISIS has unleashed its power into a global level, around the world, primarily across Western targets. The snapshot stated that from July through September in 2015, ISIS-affiliated groups have launched 12 attacks everyday killing more than 30 people worldwide. The ISIS has directed or inspired 62 attacks against Western targets, including in the U.S., the snapshot revealed.
On ABC’s This Week meanwhile, Schiff said the downing of the Russian plane may reflect how the ISIS has now concluded that the best way to defeat airport defenses is not to go through them but to go around them with the help of somebody on the inside. “And if that’s the case, I think there probably are at least a dozen airports in the region and beyond that are vulnerable to the same kind of approach, which is exactly why we have to harden those defenses,” Schiff elaborated, stressing that airport security is a problem in the U.S.
King agreed, calling for tightened security even in airports abroad. King highlighted that there are a number of airports in Egypt with poor security. This is particularly alarming because they have flights coming to the U.S. and Europe. “U.S. and Western countries have to play more of a role as far as firming up the security,” he stressed.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, President Barack Obama had also reiterated the possibility that an ISIS-planted bomb down the Russian plane. A terrorist expert also warned of a 9/11-style terror attack. Their statements came in the wake of anonymous intelligence officials’ revelation that ISIS-affiliated group is responsible for the tragedy.