DHS Secretary Napolitano, NCTC Director Olsen to Testify before House Homeland Security Committee

Jul 24, 2012 Issues: Counterterrorism

Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, will convene a hearing entitled “Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape” tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Director Matthew Olsen will testify at the hearing. 

King said:  “U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence communities have made significant progress over the past 15 months since the killing of Osama bin Laden.  However, even with the killing of the likes of bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, and Samir Kahn, the terrorist threat against the Homeland continues – with terrorists adapting and new threats emerging.   Since 9/11, al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists have launched four attacks on the U.S. Homeland – at Fort Hood, Little Rock, Times Square, and over Detroit.   Dozens of other plots have been disrupted as well, including the plot to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol with explosives-laden drones and another plot against the Capitol with a suicide vest bomb. 

“This hearing will be an opportunity for the Members of this Committee to assess and understand the current threats facing the Homeland as well as those that are now emerging.” 

WHAT:      Full Committee Hearing: “Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape”

WHEN:      10 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WHERE:     311 Cannon House Office Building

                **Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available HERE.

Witness List:

The Honorable Janet Napolitano
Secretary
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Matthew Olsen
Director
National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)