Another Republican member of Congress is raising the alarm about a possible Ebola-based attack on the homeland, warning American-born terrorists could purposefully return to the country carrying the virus.
"Bioterrorism is the other part of this," said Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania on NewsMaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show Friday. "I know you and I have talked before about this. I want people to think about this. We have American citizens who have left our country and gone to other parts of the world to learn how to do horrible things. Come home, blow themselves up in a ball, and take lives."
Kelly says an American citizen terrorist could travel and inflict themselves with Ebola with the goal of returning to America and infecting U.S. citizens.
"Think about the job they could do, the harm they could inflict on the American people by bring this deadly disease into our cities, into schools, into our towns, and into our homes. Horrible, horrible."
There is no evidence that terrorists are attempting to weaponize Ebola, or that they possess the capabilities to obtain the virus.
But that hasn't stopped Republicans from raising the alarm. Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina also said Thursday at a speech that terrorists from Hamas could purposely infect themselves with the Ebola virus and then travel to America.
On Wednesday, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said the threat of ISIS terrorists using Ebola was a "real and present danger."
The Obama Administration so far has dismissed concerns of terrorists using Ebola as a threat.
The director of the FBI said Thursday there were no concerns about ISIS militants using Ebola.
The Department of Homeland Security has likewise dismissed the claims.
"We've seen no specific credible intelligence that ISIS is attempting to use any sort of disease or virus to attack our homeland," DHS chief Jeh Johnson said in remarks to the Association of the United States Army Monday.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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