King, Wolf Seek to Reconstitute 9/11 Commission
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Washington, D.C. (Thursday, July 28, 2011) – Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) have introduced H.R. 2623, legislation that would reconstitute the 9/11 Commission to evaluate the progress of implementing recommendations made by the panel and to examine emerging national security threats, including domestic radicalization.
With the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 attacks approaching, King and Wolf believe that re-establishing the panel, which had been led by Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, would provide the President and the Congress with an opportunity to apply its findings and recommendations against an evolving threat.
King and Wolf are particularly concerned with the growing threat of domestic radicalization. According to the Congressional Research Service, there have been 43 "homegrown jihadist terrorist plots and attacks since 9/11," including 22 plots or attacks since May 2009 and that number has continued to grow in recent months.
Both King and Wolf have extensive backgrounds in counterterrorism policy. As Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, King has convened a series of hearings examining the threat of domestic radicalization in America.
King said: “In March, I convened a series of hearings to examine domestic radicalization by al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist organizations. This is the issue that Attorney General Eric Holder has said keeps him awake at night. A comprehensive and fresh analysis from a 9/11 Review Commission of our progress and remaining challenges will be an invaluable tool for the Homeland Security Committee and the entire Congress as we continue our critical work of securing our homeland from the ever-evolving al-Qaeda and its affiliates.”
Wolf, Chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the FBI, was the author of the National Commission on Terrorism in 1998 and a strong supporter of the 9/11 Commission.
“A decade out from the deadliest attack on U.S. soil, we owe it to the American people to have an independent and comprehensive reassessment of the steps taken to guarantee the safety and security of this nation,” said Wolf. “We also need the commissioners to take an in-depth look at the growing threat of domestic radicalization.”