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Sen. Risch predicts terror attack within the U.S., says ‘no question’ it will happen

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who serves on the Senate intelligence and foreign relations committees, went on CNN yesterday and told reporter Brianna Keilar that he expects a “lone-wolf” type terrorist attack – like the one in Tunisia in last month in which a gunman killed 38 people in an attack on sunbathing tourists at a beach resort – to happen here in the United States.

“That’s going to happen here,” Risch declared, prompting Keilar to ask, “You think it’s going to happen here?” “I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Risch said.

“Look, these guys work really hard, our intelligence communities are very, very good, they’ve got to be right every day, 100 percent of the time. The bad guys only have to be right once. If they do it enough, chances are they’re going to break through.”

Risch was brought on CNN to respond to FBI Director James Comey’s remarks that, “We have disrupted just in the last few weeks very serious efforts to kill people in the United States.” As Risch continued speaking with Keilar, this headline was displayed below the two: “Risch on terror threat: No question it will happen here.” You can see the full interview here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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