Threat of Terrorism and Government Responses to Terrorism, Hearing Before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred First Congress, First Session, September 11, 1989   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of Joseph I. Lieberman: "These hearings were planned and worked on last spring, when what one of the witnesses refers to as the episodic nature of terrorism was at a lull. Recent events, including the revelation of the killing of Lieutenant Colonel Higgins, threats to other American hostages held in the Middle East, and now the possible threat of terrorist retaliation from international drug cartels, which we are taking on, shows us again that the threat of terrorism is real and makes this exercise of this Committee's governmental oversight functions relevant and important. We appear to be entering a new era in our foreign relations, an era in which the defense of our national security may have to be redefined. The most serious threats to our security may no longer come from Soviet attack, particularly Soviet nuclear attack, but instead from assaults by renegade nations, the international drug cartel and terrorists groups. Those certainly have been the sources of the most serious losses that we have suffered in recent years. Terrorists have blown up a United States jet over Scotland, kidnapped and killed Americans in the Middle East, and murdered U.S. missionaries in Latin America. […] The purpose of the hearing today is to explore the terrorist threat to United States interests today and in the near future, and to ask how well our Government is prepared to meet that threat." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph I. Lieberman, John Glenn, William S. Cohen, Brian Michael Jenkins, Robert H. Kupperman, Morris D. Busby, Oliver B. Revell, Stansfield Turner, and Joe Barton.

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S. Hrg. 101-458; Senate Hearing 101-458
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