Assessing and Addressing the Threat: Defining the Role of a National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, June 14, 2007 [open pdf - 201KB]
From the opening statement of Jane Harman: "The commission, we want to discuss with our witnesses today, could be modeled after the National Commission on Terrorism, which I served on in the late 1990s, from 1999 to 2000, and which I believe produced a very important report predicting a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil. [...] A commission focused on radicalization and homegrown terrorism could get us up to speed quickly on the threat and help us assess whether a legislative strategy is needed to address it. The commission could also bring together the best minds in the Nation from as many diverse backgrounds and experiences as possible. It could create a common strategy that not only shapes the action we take here but also carves out a role for other stakeholders at the Federal, State and local levels. And I might add, we should probably assess what the private sector could be doing as well." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jane Harman, David G. Reichert, Charles W. Dent, Norman D. Dicks, Ed Perlmutter, Christopher Shays, Salam Al-Marayati, Frank J. Cilluffo, Brian Jenkins, and Bennie G. Thompson.
Serial No. 110-48
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