FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the U.S. is “not aware of a credible threat” of an attack on the homeland similar to the ones that occurred last week in Paris.
Those coordinated attacks, which were claimed by the terrorist group ISIS, resulted in at least 129 deaths at multiple sites throughout the city.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch added at the briefing in Washington that the U.S. should not react out of “fear” to what happened in Paris.
“We will not allow merchants of violence to rob us of our most precious ideals,” Lynch added. “They want us to live in fear, and we refuse. They want to change who we are and what makes us quintessentially American, and that is what we will never do.”
Comey said his agency has found “no connection at all” between the Paris attackers and the U.S., and echoed Lynch’s belief that federal law enforcement agencies should not let fear become “disabling” when trying to keep the country safe.
Additionally, Comey expressed disapproval of legislation the House of Representatives passed earlier Thursday that would implement stricter screening procedures for refugees attempting to enter the U.S. from Syria and Iraq. The White House has threatened to veto the bill if it reaches President Barack Obama‘s desk.
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