Rep. Michael McCaul focuses on threats to the U.S. in new book

Michael McCaul, Richard Hudson, Buddy Carter
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, center, flanked by Rep. Buddy Carter R-Ga., left, and Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, about the arrest of two Iraqi-born men who came to the U.S. as refugees and were indicted on terrorism-related charges by federal authorities. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Congressman Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is taking time away from Capitol Hill to promote his new book Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland–and How to Thwart Them. While McCaul says he wrote the book, he made it clear that it’s not a book about him but rather the most pressing issues and threats against Americans

In the book, McCaul, R-Austin, outlines eight scenarios of threats from all over the world that could present a threat to the United States. “It’s eight chapters, I could have written 800,” says McCaul.

When asked which scenario presents the greatest threat to his home state of Texas, McCaul says, “When I think about Texas, of course I think about the border with Mexico and the threats that that presents.

There’s a chapter in the book that relates to Iran so it’s a dirty bomb being smuggled across into this hemisphere and then across the U.S/Mexico border hitting the Houston Shipping Channel which provides a third of the energy supply to the nation.” The congressman says the scenario of something crippling happening to the Houston Shipping Channel would have a catastrophic effect on the nation’s energy supply. It is something McCaul says he thinks about both publicly and in classified settings.

McCaul says the book entails concerns that keep him up at night and ways on how to stay ahead of the threats. “I wrote it for several reasons. One, the threat is always evolving and staying in front of the threat whether it’s ISIS or cyber warfare. There’s a chapter in the book about cyber security, we have to stay in front of the evolving threat to prevent it.”

The proceeds from the book will go to wounded warriors and their children. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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