McCaul to Hold Hearing on Administration’s Narrative on al Qaeda

Jan 14, 2014 Issues: Counterterrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing to examine the spread of al Qaeda abroad, the Administration’s narrative on the dynamics of this threat, and the impact on homeland security efforts. The hearing will discuss how the expansion of Islamist extremism and the diversification of terrorist groups affect our security, as well as the Administration’s counterterrorism rhetoric and policies.

WEDNESDAY, January 15 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

A False Narrative Endangers the Homeland

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Honorable Joe Lieberman, former Connecticut Senator
  • Honorable Jane Harman, former California Congresswoman; Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center
  • General (Ret.) Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army; Chairman of the Board, Institute for the Study of War
  • Dr. Seth Jones, Associate Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, The Rand Corporation

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on the hearing: “The President’s narrative fails to reflect the reality that al Qaeda is not on the run, but is in fact growing in strength at an alarming rate across the Middle East and Northern Africa. Recently, major fighting in both Ramadi and Fallujah saw al Qaeda-linked groups gain territory in cities where U.S. soldiers recently suppressed violent insurgents. The civil war in Syria is attracting jihadists and the fighting is spilling over into neighboring countries while extremism engulfs entire regions in Libya and Somalia.

“We must take an honest look at the danger to the homeland from the spread of extremism. Continuing to downplay the terrorist threat endangers our ability to defeat it, and this hearing will examine the consequences of the Administration’s counterterrorism rhetoric.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available HERE.

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