It’s been 18 years since the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil in the history of our nation.
Now, almost two decades later, is America any safer than it was on that clear September morning? Is it less safe?
The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently held a field hearing titled “18 Years Later: The State of Homeland Security after 9/11” at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) is ranking member of that committee. He says it was a way to both reflect on the terrorist attack as well as how we make sure something like it doesn’t happen again.
Peters also says that the scope of terrorism is much different in 2019 than it was in 2001.
“It’s not foreign terrorism,” he says. “What we’re seeing right now is primarily domestic terrorism. We’ve seen the rise of white supremacist activity, not just in the United States, but around the world.”
He also points to the threat of cyber attacks and biological weapons as new threats to keeping Americans safe.
Peters also discusses legislation meant to curb gun violence that sits without action in the Senate.