AG Garland Issues Major Warning To Americans

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( – On Tuesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed his fears that the threat level for a terrorist attack on U.S. soil had “enormously” increased following the October 7 Hamas massacre of 1,200 Israeli civilians and kidnapping of 250.

Speaking to the House Judiciary Committee on the oversight of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Garland revealed being “worried about the possibility of a terrorist attack” in the U.S. “after October 7.

Garland described how the “threat level” had increased “enormously” and that “Every morning,” the DOJ worried about the question, trying to “track anyone” who may want to harm the U.S.”

The AG described the efforts as a “major priority” in the Justice Department.

During the hearing, Garland also addressed the rise in antisemitism across the country when asked by Democratic Rep. Deborah Ross (N.C.) about a synagogue in her district receiving death threats, including one in early May.

The death threat included statements that “Jews don’t deserve to live” and that the sender would “kill all Jews.”

Garland noted that since the October 7 attacks, there had been a “terrible explosion in antisemitic threats and also anti-Arab and anti-Muslim threats” in the U.S., and made those communities “afraid.”

He noted that the DOJ considered it part of its “civil rights work to deter… investigate” and stop those kinds of threats and prosecute those making the threats.

According to a DOJ news release, Kevin Dunlow, 62, of Huntington Beach, California, was arrested for sending the threat Ross referenced.

Garland has faced the ire of House Republicans after he refused to hand over the audio recordings of an interview between President Joe Biden, his ghostwriter Matt Zwonitzer, and special counsel Robert Hur over Biden’s alleged mishandling of classified documents.

In May, the Committee on Oversight and Accountability, alongside the Judiciary Committee, voted to hold Garland in contempt of Congress. Following the vote, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) said a vote before the full House would be held soon.

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