A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

Jul 23, 2011 Issues: Domestic Radicalization / Radicalization Hearings, Weapons of Mass Destruction

Washington, D.C. (Saturday, July 23, 2011) – Today, ­U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Tuesday, July 26

The Last Line of Defense: Federal, State, and Local Efforts to Prevent Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism Within the United States

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26 in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (CA), Chairman

INVITED WITNESSES INCLUDE:

Mr. Warren M. Stern
Director
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Carl Pavetto
Deputy Associate Administrator
Office of Emergency Operations
National Nuclear Security Administration
U.S. Department of Energy

Mr. Richard Daddario
Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism
New York City Police Department

Mr. Mark Perez
Homeland Security Advisor
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Mr. David C. Maurer
Director
Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office

Chairman Lungren on the hearing:

“The detonation of a nuclear or radiological device in a U.S. city is my greatest fear. It would be a catastrophic event, in the truest sense of the word, causing enormous death and destruction, as well as economic disruption. Our hearing will examine how our nation’s domestic defenses under the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture will detect and prevent a radiological or nuclear attack and whether there are Federal, state and local gaps in this architecture. Enhancing our domestic capabilities, when integrated within a global security framework, is our best chance at preventing such a catastrophic attack on our homeland.”

 

Wednesday, July 27

Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland

9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27 in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Full Committee
Rep. Peter T. King (NY), Chairman

Witnesses to be announced

Chairman King on the hearing:

“In our first two hearings, the Committee has examined radicalization of Muslim-Americans generally and focused on the problem of radicalization in U.S. prisons. 

“At this hearing, the third in a series, we will examine Somalia-based terrorist organization al Shabaab’s ongoing recruitment, radicalization, and training of young Muslim-Americans and al Shabaab’s linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). 

“In Minnesota, Ohio, and other states, dozens of young Muslim males have been recruited, radicalized, and then taken from their communities for overseas terrorist training by al Shabaab.  In a number of cases, the men – including both Somali-Americans and other converts -- have carried out suicide bombings or have otherwise been killed, often without their families even knowing where their sons have gone.  There has not been sufficient cooperation from mosque leaders.  In at least one instance, a Minnesota imam told the desperate family of a missing young man not to cooperate with the FBI.

“There are growing concerns that al Shabaab in Somalia is linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen to better train these radicalized young men in order to attack Americans around the world, as well as launch attacks against our homeland.  

“This coordinated and ongoing recruitment and radicalization of young Muslim men in the U.S. is a serious and growing threat to our homeland security and simply cannot be ignored.”

***See www.homeland.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note:  All Committee on Homeland Security hearings are webcast live at www.homeland.house.gov.

 

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