Combating Domestic Terrorism, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, First Session, May 3, 1995   [open pdf - 9MB]

From the opening statement of Bill McCollum: "Let me begin by saying that less than one month ago in this very room the members of this subcommittee participated in a full Judiciary Committee hearing on the issue of terrorism. We discussed the real potential of terrorism in the United States and the devastating consequences of such crime. We didn't know then that in a matter of days a peaceful and pleasant city in the heart of America would be forever scarred by ruthless acts of violence that we call terrorism. The number of lives claimed by the car bomb in Oklahoma City is so large it overwhelms us: over 140 deaths, with still many missing, many never to be truly accounted for because of the force of the blast. The extent of the suffering and the loss is incomprehensible. In the wake of this tragedy, there are those who would express skepticism about congressional hearings and legislation involving terrorism. They would dismiss such efforts as just politicians playing to the public sense of fear and vulnerability. Let me be very clear to those who hold such a view: government has an absolute duty to protect its citizens from terrorism and all other forms of violent crime. This chairman will not rest until he's assured that everything within our power is done to avoid the destruction we have witnessed in the past few weeks from ever happening again." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bill McCollum, William M. Baker, William P. Barr, Louis J. Freech, Ira Glasser, Jamie S. Girelick, Thomas Halpern, Brent L. Smith, George J. Terwilliger, III, William H. Webster, Sheila Jackson Lee, Steve Chabot, Ed Bryant, Ronald K. Noble, Gerald H. Goldstein, and Daniel J. Bryant.

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