Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, told Fox News Sunday there is a "high probably" that a bomb will go off at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“I’ve never seen a greater threat in my lifetime,” McCaul told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
“What really poses the greatest damage or threat, if you will, in my judgment is the proximity and the location of where these games are being held,” McCaul said. “They’re being right, dead-center in the middle of what has been a historic battle-ground between Russia and Chechen rebels that have now spun off into an Islamic radical militant group.”
“There’s a high degree of probability that something will detonate, something will go off,” he added. “But I do think it’s probably, most likely going to happen outside of the Ring of Steel and the Olympic Village.”
“You’re saying, as the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, you think there is a high probability there will be some explosion outside the Ring of Steel?” Wallace asked.
“Well, I hope I’m wrong in this assessment,” McCaul responded. “But you’re talking about an area of the world where suicide bombers go off all the time, and the fact is right now, Chris, the eyes of the world right are upon this Olympics. And the Chechen extremists know this, and they want to make a global statement. They want to make a jihad statement, and what better time to do it than right now?”
“Remember,” he added, “they don’t have to hit in the Ring of Steel at the Olympic village. As long as they hit somewhere in Russia, to them that’s a victory.”
“We’ve already had two suicide bombers go off outside the Olympic Village,” he said.