Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Terror Attacks: “Tremendous Amount of Pre-planning” Required
WASHINGTON – This evening, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier to discuss the recent terror attacks in the United States. Chairman Burr called the multiple acts terrorism and highlighted that “Whether it was inspired, whether it was directed, I can tell you this, that the pressure cookers look like they were matched out of ‘Inspire’ magazine, which was an Al Qaeda publication.” Additionally, Chairman Burr noted that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s comment this morning that the US is in a “war of narratives” shows “how out of touch this administration is.”
WATCH Sen. Burr on Special Report with Bret Baier here
BAIER: Let's talk about what we know about New York, New Jersey attacks and this guy, Rahami. Do you believe he was working alone?
BURR: Complex attack. Multiple devices. Multiple locations. A tremendous amount of pre-plan pre-planning had to go into it. In all likelihood, could you park, could you pull a duffel bag down 23rd and 27th, probably unlikely. Right now the evidence leads towards one individual. We're 48 hours into it. We have somebody in custody. That's phenomenal. We have devices that are intact. Let the forensics happen. If there are more individuals, we will find evidence that leads us that way. There's a tremendous amount of media for the FBI to go through.
BAIER: What about this lone wolf versus organized or inspired? We paint with these different words. It is all terrorism.
BURR: It is terrorism. America was attacked multiple times. We were attacked in Minnesota, New Jersey and New York. Whether it was inspired, whether it was directed, I can tell you this, that the pressure cookers look like they were matched out of "Inspire" magazine, which was an Al Qaeda publication. I'm not sure about the pipe bombs, whether there is some unique nature to them. This has been influenced by terrorists around the world through that media.
BAIER: The white house press secretary saying that actually we are just in a war of narratives against ISIS. Your reaction to that.
BURR: That [Calling the attack a war of narratives] it shows you how out of touch this administration is with the terrorism that we see in New York, in New Jersey, in Minneapolis. More importantly, the threat list that I look at every morning as the chairman of the intelligence committee where I look at more threats globally around the world than anybody could ever imagine.
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