King to Convene Hearing on Homeland Security Implications of Bin Laden Killing

May 17, 2011 Issues: Counterterrorism, Killing of Osama bin Laden

Washington, D.C. (Tuesday, May 17, 2011) – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced that he will convene a hearing next week to examine the homeland security implications of the killing of Osama Bin Laden. 

Chairman King said:  "Since the first of May, the national conversation has revolved around details emerging from the killing of Bin Laden by U.S. Special Operations Forces.  At this hearing, the Committee will examine the near-term and long-term consequences and benefits to the security of our homeland resulting from the successful killing of Al Qaeda's founder and top leader.  While the removal of Bin Laden from the battlefield is certainly a victory in our war against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, it also means increased risk of retaliatory attacks against America by Bin Laden supporters, just as we have seen recently in Pakistan.” 

Wednesday, May 25

9:30 a.m., 311 Cannon House Office Building

HEARING:  "Threats to the American Homeland After Killing Bin Laden: An Assessment"

INVITED WITNESSES INCLUDE:

  • Peter Bergen -- New America Foundation scholar; author of "The Osama Bin Laden I Know" and "The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al Qaeda;" and CNN terrorism analyst
  • Frances Townsend -- Former federal prosecutor; counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush; and CNN national security contributor
  • Evan F. Kohlmann -- Flashpoint Partners founder; DOD expert witness at Guantanamo military commission trials; and MSNBC terrorism analyst