DHS Intelligence Enterprise: Past, Present, and Future, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, June 1, 2011 [open pdf - 233KB]
From the opening statement of Patrick Meehan: "With four terrorist attacks against our homeland since 9/11, multiple disrupted plots, and dozens of individuals indicted on terrorism charges, the threat to our homeland remains at an all-time high and is more diverse than ever. Even with the death of Osama bin Laden, we continue to face serious threats from terrorist groups, who are attempting to deploy foreigners and Americans to our homeland to conduct attacks. In addition, today we face a significant threat from radicalized individuals in the United States, including United States citizens who have lived here their entire lives and yet are still drawn to the ideology and conduct attacks. Most notable among these include U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan, Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, and the New York City Subway bomber Najibullah Zazi. In today's 112th Congress, this subcommittee has been threat-focused. Members have learned about the terrorist threat from Yemen, Pakistan, and counterterrorism ramifications of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. Today, I look forward to learning more about what the men and women in the Department of Homeland Security, on the front lines, are doing in this war against terrorism. Our Customs and Border Patrol officers and Border Patrol agents are charged with preventing foreign terrorists and weapons from illegally entering the country. TSA [Transportation Security Administration] officers are tasked with preventing terrorists from boarding our aircraft, which is the obsessive target of al-Qaeda since its inception. In fact, both myself and Ranking Member Speier have major international airports in our districts, so we know first-hand the challenges facing aviation security. The ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents are responsible for ensuring individuals who remain in the country illegally are apprehended and removed. The Coast Guard is tasked with protecting ports and other critical infrastructure, including an oil refinery and other critical assets in my own area, the Delaware River in my district." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick Meehan, Jackie Speier, Caryn A. Wagner, Thomas Atkin, Daniel Johnson, James Chaparro, and Susan Mitchell.
Serial No. 112-27
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