Annual World Wide Threat Assessment Hearing: Hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, February 7, 2008   [open pdf - 313KB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 7, 2008 hearing, "Annual World Wide Threat Assessment Hearing," before the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. From the opening statement of Silvestre Reyes: "We continue to face enemies and adversaries who know no boundaries. Our brave men and women continue to face these enemies valiantly in Iraq and Afghanistan, with no end in sight. Our troops work diligently to train a capable Iraqi security force, but their successes have been marginalized by political infighting and stalemates. And without political progress in Iraq, security improvements will be fleeting and mean little. Global terrorist networks continue to threaten the U.S and its allies. Al Qaeda has strengthened its position in the Pakistani tribal areas, where it has entrenched itself in a safe haven that provides it freedom to recruit, train, and plot new attacks. New threats constantly emerge as well, such as the expanding Al Qaeda network in North Africa […] President Lyndon Johnson once said, 'Our purpose … is to prevent the success of aggression.' He was speaking of the Vietnam War, but today we are fighting a different form of aggression. And our collective purpose today is to ensure that this aggression against U.S. national security does not succeed. How will we do this? What tools and resources are needed to ensure victory?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Silvestre Reyes, Chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and J. Michael McConnell, Director of National Intelligence.

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