Serial No. 108-152: Diplomacy in the Age of Terrorism: What is the State Department's Strategy? Hearing before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, August 19, 2004   [open pdf - 402KB]

From the opening statement of Christopher H. Smith: "Today we are focused on how the State Department plans to prosecute this war and how things have changed in the State Department since 9/11. Its role stretches far beyond the rarified ceremony of high diplomacy. In fact, it may well be that State represents our very first line of defense. Sadly, we know that this has not always been the case. In fact, a simple review of the visa applications of several of the 9/11 hijackers who got United States visas at our mission in Saudi Arabia makes it abundantly clear that no one was seriously reading them. And if they were, red flags, bells and whistles were shamelessly ignored...The effort to prevent the continued growth of Islamist terrorism may pose the greatest challenge, and I am talking about prevention now in the months and years to come. The question arises, How do people of goodwill rescue young people from the clutches of the hate monger, always on the prowl in search of new terrorist recruits? The 9-11 Commission suggests that the United States more effectively engage in the struggle of ideas…Today's hearing will focus on how State's responsibilities and opportunities are perceived within the Department, and we have an unprecedented, historic, number of assistant secretaries and deputies here to offer their views - nine of them. We welcome your valuable insights, your guidance, and counsel, and we thank you for your often under-heralded service." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher H. Smith, Christopher Kojm, Susan Ginsburg, J. Cofer Black, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Maura Harty, Francis X. Taylor, Earl Anthony Wayne, James W. Swigert, Carol A. Rodley, Christina B. Rocca, and Philo Dibble.

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