Graham releases statement after Paris attacks

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) | Courtesy of the U.S. Senate

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) expressed his condolences to the victims of the attack on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and called for a re-evaluation of security measures in the U.S.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the families, and the French people in the wake of this horrendous attack," Graham said on Jan. 7.

Graham said the attack affords an opportunity to assess preparedness and capabilities of intelligence. Policy changes and budget cuts in defense areas have hindered capabilities of detecting and preventing similar attacks in the U.S., Graham said.

Graham warned of the capabilities of terrorist and extremist groups to obtain and potentially produce weapons of the chemical, biological and nuclear nature.

"I fear the terrorist attacks of the future could be even more lethal and even more tragic if these organizations acquire chemical, biological or nuclear weapons," Graham said "Denying them this capability is the challenge of the time."