Press Release


King Announces Witnesses for Third Radicalization Hearing on Wednesday

Media Contact: (202) 226-8417

Washington, D.C.  (Sunday, July 24, 2011) – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the names of the witnesses he will call to testify this Wednesday at the third in the series of hearings on radicalization of the Muslim-American community. 

The hearing, entitled “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland,” will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27th, in 311 Cannon House Office Building. 

The witnesses King will call at the hearing are:

Ahmed Hussen

·         Mr. Ahmed Hussen is a member of the Canadian government’s Cross Cultural Roundtable on Security and has distinguished himself as one of North America’s most prominent and respected Somali community activists and East Africa security and governance analysts. He is National President of the Canadian Somali Congress.

William Anders Folk

·         Mr. William Anders Folk is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota.  In his capacity as a federal prosecutor, he was the lead prosecutor on more than a dozen high-profile al Shabaab terrorism cases originating in the Minneapolis area and represented his office on the Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Prior to his work as a federal prosecutor, Folk served as JAG officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Thomas Joscelyn

·         Mr. Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  As a result of his extensive research and writings, he has distinguished himself as a leading terrorism expert focusing on how al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations operate around the world.  Joscelyn is senior editor of The Long War Journal.   


Note on Coverage

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

The hearing room (311 Cannon) 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, July 25 at 5 p.m. to the Committee on Homeland Security by calling 202-226-8417

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