King to Convene House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Iran/Hezbollah Threat to U.S. Homeland -- TOMORROW

Mar 20, 2012 Issues: Counterterrorism

Washington, D.C. – The House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), will hold an investigative hearing tomorrow to examine the terror threat that Iran poses to the U.S. homeland. 

The hearing is entitled: “Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland,” and will take place at 9:30 a.m. TOMORROW in 311 Cannon House Office Building. 

In announcing the hearing, Chairman King said:

“The disruption last fall of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States at a popular Washington restaurant was a wake-up call for all Americans.  Last month’s forthright comments by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that the Iranian regime is ‘now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States’ has further heightened concern about an attack by Iran on the homeland.   At this hearing, we will focus on Iran’s primary terrorism proxies, including Hezbollah, which already has a robust network within the U.S., and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as the real potential that the regime will activate its network of operatives to carry out an attack here.” 

What:                    Hearing: “Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland”

When:                  9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 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 online HERE

Witness List:

Mitchell Silber

  • Director of Intelligence Analysis, NYPD Intelligence Division
  • Author, “The Al Qaeda Factor”

Chris Swecker

  • 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

  • Managing Partner, Spectre Group International, LLC
  • Former Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Matthew Levitt

  • 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

  • Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Society

Note on Coverage

The hearing will be webcast at www.homeland.house.gov. (The webcast plays in Windows Media format and is best viewed using Internet Explorer.)

Only Congressionally credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in the committee hearing room. Members of the media who are not Congressionally credentialed may contact their respective Galleries to apply for a temporary press credential (see numbers below).

All television crews must RSVP to the House Radio/TV Gallery at 202-225-5214.

Gallery contact information:

House Radio/TV Gallery: 202-225-5214

House Periodical Gallery: 202-225-2941

House Daily Press Gallery: 202-225-3945

Photographer Gallery: 202-224-6548

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