Hearing: Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland

311 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | Mar 21, 2012 9:30am

Opening Statements

Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman

[full text of opening statement]

Witnesses

Invited witnesses include:

Mitchell Silber     [full text of testimony]   

·         Director of Intelligence Analysis, NYPD Intelligence Division

·         Author, “The Al Qaeda Factor”

Chris Swecker    [full text of testimony]  

·         Former Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division and Acting Executive Assistant Director (EAD) for Law Enforcement Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

·         Swecker served as FBI Special Agent-in-Charge in Charlotte, North Carolina and oversaw the investigation of a major Hezbollah cell uncovered there, known as the "Hammoud Case.”

Michael Braun    [full text of testimony]     [truth in testimony]

·         Managing Partner, Spectre Group International, LLC

·         Former Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Matthew Levitt      [full text of testimony]    [truth in testimony]

·        Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

·         Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of the Treasury

·         Previously provided tactical and strategic analytical support for counterterrorism operations at the FBI, focusing on fundraising and logistical support networks for Middle Eastern terrorist groups

Dr. Colin H. Kahl      [full text of testimony]    [truth in testimony]

·         Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Society