How many red flags does it take to see that Islamist-related terror is increasing?
In the past seven months there have been high-profile terror attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, and in Orlando.
In the U.S. the number and frequency of Islamist plots has been growing. Before Orlando, the U.S. alone has been the target of at least 85 Islamist-related terrorist plots since Sept. 11, 2001.
The attack in Orlando is the 22nd plot since 2015. To put this increase in perspective, more than a quarter of domestic terror plots in the U.S. since 2001 have occurred in the last 18 months.
With this serious threat not diminishing, it is time for a nonpartisan sober assessment of the threat of terrorism to the United States.
Fourteen years ago, President George W. Bush and Congress set up the 9/11 Commission to look at the attacks of 2001. Now it is time for Congress to convene another report. The horrific terrorist attack in Orlando only reinforces that it is past time for this.
Here are four main reasons why:
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