King, Lieberman Announce Witnesses for Joint House-Senate Hearing on Homegrown Terror Threat to Military Communities

Dec 2, 2011 Issues: Domestic Radicalization / Radicalization Hearings

Hearing Scheduled for December 7

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced the names of the witnesses that they intend to call at the December 7 joint investigative hearing to examine the homegrown terror threat to military communities.  At the hearing, the Committees will examine the threat from active duty personnel within the military itself, as well as the threat posed from outside the military. 

The hearing is entitled: “Homegrown Terrorism:  The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States,” will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7, in 210 House Visitor Center (HVC 210). 

The hearing will be the first-ever joint hearing convened by the two committees. 

The witnesses King and Lieberman will call are: 

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

·         Note:  Secretary Stockton will be accompanied by Mr. Jim Stuteville, U.S. Army Senior Advisor, Counterintelligence Operations and Liaison to the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Lieutenant Colonel Reid L. Sawyer, U.S. Army

·         Director, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Mr. Daris Long

·         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.

Note on Coverage

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

The hearing room (HVC 210) has limited seating, and likely will not be able to accommodate all members of the media wishing to cover the hearing from the press viewing area.

Only Congressionally credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in the committee hearing room (and must RSVP by Monday, December 5 at 5 p.m. to the House Committee on Homeland Security by calling 202-226-4570 or emailing april.corbett@mail.house.gov).

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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