America is facing its “highest terror threat in years,” causing the FBI to launch investigations in all 50 states, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday.
“The threat to our nation and our American way of life has not diminished,” Kelly said during a speech at George Washington University. “In fact, the threat has metastasized and decentralized.”
Kelly singled out “radical Islam” as a driving force behind the threat.
The increase comes as the country is experiencing an “unprecedented spike” in homegrown terrorism, according to Kelly.
“We are under attack from terrorists both within and outside of our borders,” he said.
There have been 36 cases of homegrown terrorists in 18 states over the past year, he said, calling the radicalization of Americans “notoriously difficult to predict and control.”