Press Release


Homeland Security Subcommittees to Hold Hearings on Bioterrorism, al Qaeda in Egypt

Media Contact: Charlottee Sellmyer (202)266-8417

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications and the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence will hold the following hearings.

TUESDAY, February 11 at 10 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications    

Bioterrorism: Assessing the Threat

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Robert Kadlec, former Special Assistant and Senior Director for Biodefense Policy for President George W. Bush
  • Dr. Tom Inglesby, CEO and Director, UPMC Center for Health Security
  • Dr. Leonard Cole, Director, Terror Medicine and Security, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Subcommittee Chairman Susan Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: "While thankfully non-toxic, the white powder scares near the Super Bowl venue last week serve as a reminder of the impact that a bioterror attack could have on the United States. They also remind us of the need to remain vigilant and prepared. As part of the Subcommittee's ongoing oversight of federal biosurveillance efforts, this hearing will provide an assessment of the current bioterrorism threat from experts in the biodefense field."

TUESDAY, February 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence     

Al Qaeda's Expansion in Egypt: Implications for U.S. Homeland Security

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mr. Thomas Jocelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies 
  • Mr. Mohamed Elmenshawy, Resident Scholar, The Middle East Institute

Subcommittee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on the hearing: “This hearing will assess the growth of terror groups operating in Egypt and the extent to which the Sinai Peninsula has become a safe haven for al Qaeda.  In the last two weeks alone, terrorists have assassinated a senior Egyptian official, bombed the Cairo police headquarters, shot down a military helicopter, and fired rockets into Israel. The growth and apparent sophistication of these groups, and indications they are linked to al Qaeda, raise serious counterterrorism issues and emerging homeland security concerns. Terrorist networks in Egypt currently threaten innocent Egyptians, U.S. interests, and our ally Israel. This has heightened the need for the US to work with the Egyptian and Israeli governments on defeating and disrupting jihadist networks. Perhaps more than ever before, ensuring Egypt can fight al Qaeda is in the best interest of the United States." 

*LIVE video of the hearings will be available here.