President Obama's former Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA Leon Panetta said he believes there is an imminent threat of a terrorist attack to the United States.
Panetta said, "I don't think there's any question. I think what we're seeing, as I said, is a much more aggressive chapter and a much more dangerous chapter in terms of the war on terrorism."
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Panetta said that Islamic extremist attacks in Paris and Ottawa, as well as the terrorist threat thwarted in Belgium, indicate a new era of combatting terrorism.
The former head of the chief intelligence-gathering agency said that it is clear that terrorist organizations such as ISIS are ramping up their recruiting efforts.
Referring to terrorist organizations, Panetta said, "They are engaged in a much more aggressive effort to conduct violence not only in Europe, but I think it's a matter of time before they direct it at the United States as well. This is a real threat and we've got to be prepared to confront that."