(CNN) - The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the threat of terrorism overseas is "getting worse, not better."
"I personally see it spreading like a spiderweb, like a wildfire, through Northern Africa and the Middle East," Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."
"As that threat increases overseas, so too does it increase to the homeland - and that's my basic concern as Homeland chairman, is to keep that threat outside the United States."
Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees told CNN earlier this month on “State of the Union” that terrorists have gained ground in the past two years and that the U.S. is not any safer than it was at the outset of 2011. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, agreed that the Obama administration has lost ground in the ongoing battle with global terrorism.
McCaul said that though policies put in place as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks have prevented a similar large-scale event on U.S. soil, President Barack Obama is pushing a false narrative about the nation's safety in the world.
"When the President of the United States talks about the, downgrades the threat, his narrative is that al Qaeda is on the run, and since bin Laden has been killed the threat is no longer existing - I think is a false narrative and premise because, as we see this threat all throughout northern Africa, as we saw Egypt fall, Libya, now Syria is a great culmination of the Sunni-Shia conflict."
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Feinstein’s and Rogers' comments surprised him but acknowledged that low-level attacks by lone-wolf actors, like the Boston Marathon bombing, are still "very threatening."
But is the U.S. more effective now at keeping terrorism off its shores?
"I think we are better now than we have ever been, but we are never going to be 100% safe," Schiff said, pointing to the ongoing conflict in Syria, a country that he said has become a "magnet" for those looking to join Jihad.
McCaul agreed: "I think Syria is now the training ground for the world. … These rebel forces are more of a threat than anything."
CNN's Jason Seher contributed to this report.
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The biggest terrorists are in Washington.
"When the President of the United States talks about the [insert subject] ... his narrative is that... [yada yada] ... I think is a false narrative..." Roger that.
its Obama's fault
So the president was lying last year. Big surprise.
Usually, when you expand the definition of terrorist, this happens. After all these laws, everyone is a terrorist/threat on a no-fly list. Maybe an exponential in increased spending and fear-mongering will reduce this threat... oh wait...
This guy saying terrorism is spreading like wildfire is like the CEO of Pepsico warning that athletes are more dehydrated than ever and need to drink more of his companies product, Gatorade. Seriously this guy is just attempting to justify his own employment. It would be career suicide for him to go on the record and say that the threat of terrorism is over blown
Terrorism? Wh're still many times safer today from murder, home accidents, school shootings and even terrrorism compared to history.
Stop the fear-mongering and read the scientific research. And If you don't believe in that, then just shut up.
Of course they say that. How else are they supposed to scare you into justifying all the breach of privacy going on?
I suppose the FED is also saying "We need to remain in control for the betterment of your country". No surprise, be brave and don't let the powers that be scare you.
Not to mention, America has done a fine job of angering the rest of the world, basically turning countries and factions against us.
Please enter Tax Dollars here.
The religion of peace and love, ISLAM, a bunch of uneducated violence prone misogynists.
It would have been more credible if McCaul hadn't turned it into yet another attack on Pres. Obama. And how can we fight a potent enemy if we're weak as a country? We need to stay vigilant, yes, but we need to strengthen our country thru our people instead of giving our wealth away to the greedy corporations.
The real threat to the U.S. comes from within through constantly allowing fundamentalist muslims to immigrate to the U.S. who do not respect our laws, will lie to blend in and have nothing more in mind than to impose Sharia law on the U.S. Simply read the Koran and you will see this for yourself.
The Republicans have SO little credibility. I read this, waiting for the typical pathetic sucker punch to Obama, and McCaul did not disappoint.
Sure they are. And the closer we get to November 2014, the more terrorists there will be. Funny how that happens.
Just like I have been telling You that this was going to happen it is happening.
Now for the bad news it is going to go Global.
I hope You are all ready for it.
False flag terrorist threats keep flying out of Washington
Snowden has now made it easier.
Look up the connection between Hezbollah and Latin America. Look up Jamaat ul-Fuqra. Then tell me if you really think the terror threat is receding.
It would help if the strongest, most stabilizing force in the world wasn't led by a complete coward and terrorist sympathizer.
Stop these power elites now and they will bring you another Great War.
oh look Mike Rogers and Dianne Feinstein looking for more ways to bring us closer to a socialist state, what else is new? If this was the 50s or 60s these two would be publicly hung by a rope
Heh heh heh .. .now the TeaBillieKKK's are saying President Obama invented terrorism?
Just when you think Republicans cannot say anything more stupid ... they open their mouths.
I thin intelligent people know that there will always be people out there that want to gain revenge on America for our global policy of murder.
World War III is at the gate
"Lies spread like Wildfires", too..........................