Serial No. 112-44: United States Secret Service: Examining Protective and Investigative Missions and Challenges in 2012, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, September 14, 2011 [open pdf - 235KB]
From the opening statement of Patrick Meehan: "Today's hearing is an examination of the duties, responsibilities, and performance of the United States Secret Service, and we will hear the challenges that we will face in the coming year, particularly the protection challenges in the upcoming 2012 Presidential election cycle, in light of all of the issues that we see on a global scale. The hearing follows our past examination of the Department of Homeland Security's intelligence enterprises. It will help us continue in our efforts to ensure effective Congressional oversight of counterterrorism and intelligence-related functions of the Department of Homeland Security. The Secret Service is a highly-regarded institution best known for protecting the President of the United States. However, what is often overlooked is that its work goes far beyond protecting the President. In addition to its protective mission, the Secret Service ensures the integrity of the United States currency, which is vital in a functioning country in the world economy. Accordingly, the mission includes everything from running beside the President's caravan to running counterfeit money stings in Colombia and penetrating the networks of Russian hackers. It is a global and multifaceted law enforcement organization. Yesterday a number of directors, Petraeus, Muller, Clapper, Olson, Napolitano, all testified before Congress about the evolving terrorist threat posed by lone wolf terrorists and radicalized extremists. I think this is an issue that we have to be anticipating in 2012. I would like to point out that the Secret Service also deals with terrorist threats against the President and protectees regularly and have long experience and have expertise with the concept of lone wolves, the two of them enormous challenges that relate to this terrorist threat." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick Meehan, Jackie Speier, and Mark Sullivan.
Serial No. 112-44
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