Updated — A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

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

Tuesday, December 6

Subcommittee Hearing: Hearing on Draft Legislative Proposal on Cybersecurity

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies 

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Cheri McGuire
Vice President of Global Government Affairs And Cybersecurity Policy
Symantec Corporation

Dr. Greg Shannon
Chief Scientist for Computer Emergency Readiness Team
Software Engineering institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Mr. Gregory T. Nojeim
Senior Counsel and
Director, Project on Freedom, Security & Technology
Center for Democracy & Technology

Chairman Lungren on the hearing:

“I look forward to hearing the comments of our private sector partners on our Committee’s proposed draft legislation to define the role and responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security and improve information sharing to secure our critical infrastructure networks. This hearing will afford another opportunity for our private sector partners to weigh in on our approach to protecting critical infrastructure from the escalating cyber threats.”


Subcommittee Hearing: Jihadist Use of Social Media – How to Prevent Terrorism and Preserve Innovation

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Evan F. Kohlmann
Flashpoint Global Partners

Mr. William McCants
CNA Analysis & Solutions

Mr. Andrew Aaron Weisburd
Society for Internet Research

Chairman Meehan on the hearing:

“This hearing will examine the growing use of online social networks by jihadis to communicate and spread their messages of violence.  It will also focus on government and private sector efforts to minimize jihadi content on mainstream websites and how to enhance these efforts while maintaining innovation.  High profile terrorism cases such as Colleen LaRose, a.k.a. “Jihad Jane,” from eastern Pennsylvania illustrate how jihadists develop relationships online and work–in this case internationally–to plot attacks. We will hear from a panel of experts that monitor and study jihadi activity online who will detail the scope of this threat and how it can be overcome.”


Wednesday, December 7

Joint Hearing: Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States

9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7, in Room 210 House Visitor Center (210 HVC)

House Committee on Homeland Security jointly with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman

Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Paul N. Stockton
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs
Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Department of Defense

Accompanied by Mr. Jim Stuteville, U.S. Army Senior Advisor, Counterintelligence Operations and Liaison to the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Lieutenant Colonel Reid L. Sawyer, U.S. Army
Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Mr. Daris Long
Private Citizen

·         Mr. Long is the father of the late U.S. Army Pvt. William Andrew Long, who was shot and killed in a 2009 terrorist attack on a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

·         Pvt. Long’s killer, Carlos Leon Bledsoe (Abdulhakim Muhammad), is serving life in prison after pleading guilty.  According to Bledsoe’s father, Mr. Melvin Bledsoe who testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing in March, Carlos Bledsoe grew up a Baptist in Memphis, converted to Islam, and became radicalized in Nashville.  He travelled to Yemen in 2007 where he was arrested by Yemeni authorities in 2008.  Following his deportation from Yemen in 2009, he attacked the Little Rock recruiting center, killing Long and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula.

Chairman King on the hearing:

“This critical hearing follows the three prior hearings that I have convened to examine the serious threat of radicalization within the United States. Thus far, in a series of hearings, we have examined the issue of radicalization within the Muslim-American community generally, radicalization in U.S. prisons, and radicalization by the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization, al-Shabaab.

“At this hearing, we will examine the homegrown terror threat from active duty personnel within the military itself, as well as the threat posed from outside the military.

“The deadly attack, and a planned second attack, at Fort Hood, the attack on the Little Rock recruiting center, and a number of other cases demonstrate the seriousness of this increasing terror threat within the military and to our military communities.  The brave men and women who volunteer to serve this country in combat zones overseas should not have to face the same dangerous threats here at home.”


Thursday, December 8

Subcommittee Markup: H.R. 3563, H.R. 1411, H.R. 1129

9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, in 311 Cannon House Office Building

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Chairman

H.R. 3563, (Mr. Bilirakis)To authorize the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to ensure the timely and effective distribution of alerts and warnings.

H.R. 1129, (Ms. Richardson)To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to prohibit requiring the use of a specified percentage of a grant under the Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program for specific purposes, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1411, (Mr. Bilirakis) To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure continuation of the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program, and for other purposes.

                            An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered by                                                 Mr. Bilirakis.  All subsequent amendments should be made to this amendment, as                                   provided.

CLOSED Subcommittee Hearing: A Review of Passenger Screening Technology at U.S. Airports

12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, in 311 Cannon House Office Building (Subcommittee intends to move directly to a CLOSED hearing)

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable John S. Pistole
Transportation Security Administration

Accompanied by Mr. Robin Kane, Assistant Administrator for Security Technology

Dr. Tara O’Toole
Under Secretary
Science and Technology Directorate
Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Charles K. Edwards
Acting Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General
Department of Homeland Security

Accompanied by Ms. Anne Richards, Assistant Inspector General for Audits

The Honorable Caryn Wagner
Under Secretary
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Cedric Sims
Executive Director
Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management
Management Directorate
Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Stephen Lord
Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office

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

***Coverage note:  All Committee on Homeland Security proceedings are webcast live at www.homeland.house.gov/live-video-feed.