For Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, terrorism brought by ISIS in Texas is a real possibility. He ponders this issue further during a recent appearance on WFAA’s “Inside Texas Politics” show on Sunday morning.
According to Rep. McCaul, the thought that ISIS may be operating a number of terror cells inside the U.S. and specifically Texas is the issue that bothers him constantly. “It’s the one that keeps you up at night, the one you don’t know about,” he explained. Moreover, he also believes that the best way to tackle it is to assume that the threat is around. McCaul said, “I think we have to imagine that they’re here and we have to stop it, but it’s a very hard thing to stop,” he said.
Just last year, the community of Garland, Texas was shaken when two gunmen made their way to the city from Arizona in order to launch an attack against attendees and exhibitors of an event at the Curtis Culwell Center. It was exhibit entitled “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” that showed various cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. The two men, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, opened fire outside the center while the exhibit was going on. They ended up injuring a security guard before dying in a shootout with the police officers.
Meanwhile, just last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem has been found guilty of supporting ISIS and transporting firearms and ammunition with intent to commit murder among other charges. He is said to have trained, armed and encouraged the two men prior to the attack in the center. According to a report from WFAA, the shooting in Garland is the first attack that ISIS claimed responsibility for in the U.S.
Meanwhile, McCaul has also said that more than 80 ISIS followers have already been arrested in the U.S. “We’ve found 75 plots against the West, many of which we have stopped,” he remarked.