Joint Hearing: Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States

Room 210, House Visitor Center Washington, DC 20515 | Dec 7, 2011 9:30am

Opening Statements

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman House Committee on Homeland Security
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Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Chairman Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
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Witnesses

PANEL I

The Honorable Paul N. Stockton
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs
Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Department of Defense
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Accompanied by:
Mr. Jim Stuteville
United States Army Senior Advisor
Counterintelligence Operations and Liaison to the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Lieutenant Colonel Reid L. Sawyer
Director
Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
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PANEL II

Mr. Daris Long
Private Citizen
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·         Mr. Long is the father of the late U.S. Army Pvt. William Andrew Long, who was shot and killed in a 2009 terrorist attack on a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

·         Pvt. Long’s killer, Carlos Leon Bledsoe (Abdulhakim Muhammad), is serving life in prison after pleading guilty.  According to Bledsoe’s father, Mr. Melvin Bledsoe who testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing in March, Carlos Bledsoe grew up a Baptist in Memphis, converted to Islam, and became radicalized in Nashville.  He travelled to Yemen in 2007 where he was arrested by Yemeni authorities in 2008.  Following his deportation from Yemen in 2009, he attacked the Little Rock recruiting center, killing Long and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula.