Homeland Security chair: 'Almost impossible' to stop all terror threats

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says it is “almost impossible” to stop all terror threats in the U.S.

Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTexas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state Overnight Defense: GOP grumbles after Trump delays military projects for wall | House panel hints at subpoena for Afghanistan envoy | Kabul bombing raises doubts about Taliban talks House panel calls for Afghanistan envoy to testify about deal with Taliban, hints at subpoena MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that the volume of chatter online and elsewhere about terror threats makes sniffing out what could become an actual danger immensely difficult.

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“We’ve stopped a lot of bad things from happening … but you can’t just stop it all,” McCaul said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The volume is so high, the chatter is so high, that it’s almost impossible to stop it all.”

In the wake of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting that left 14 dead and dozens injured, McCaul said there were no “red flags” that the shooters posed a threat. Evidence uncovered suggests a married couple behind the shooting could have been self-radicalized, inspired by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) — McCaul said the shooters were “at a minimum” inspired by the group.

“We didn’t see this one coming,” he added.

However, he added that the shooting is a clear sign that ISIS’s reach has come to the U.S., and calls for a comprehensive review of U.S. policies and plan to address the threat going forward.

“This was an act of terrorism,” he said. “The tentacles of ISIS now are not only in Europe, but also in the United States of America.”

President Obama is due to address the shooting in a rare Sunday evening address, and McCaul called on him to be direct about the situation.

“I want him to tell the truth to the American people about what the threat nature really is, and what the threat actually is. It’s radical Islamic terrorism,” he said.