Combating Terrorism: Lessons Learned from London, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, September 19, 2006 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Christopher Shays: "Last month, British authorities announced they disrupted a terrorist plot to detonate as many as 10 transatlantic aircraft leaving Heathrow Airport for the United States. A London metropolitan police representative said the successful execution of this plot would have wrought mass murder on an unimaginable scale. This is the most recent incident in a decades-long pattern of attempted and successful terrorist attacks against passenger airlines. In January 1995, Philippino [sic] authorities disrupted an operation which sought to blow up American passenger planes. On September 11, 2001, terrorists tragically used our aircraft to attack the United States. Five years after September 11th, in an international atmosphere of uncertainty we continue to ask the question, is our country safer? The successful disruption of terrorist attempts like this London bomb plot indicates we may be headed in the right direction, in changes we have implemented, improved information sharing, surveillance, increased law enforcement resources devoted to national security, appeared to be helping thwart terrorist attacks. But the fact that such threats remain and that these threats exist in such a potentially massive scale also warns us we must remain vigilant." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Rollins, David B. Rivkin, Baroness Falkner, James A. Lewis, Tom Parker, Dennis Kucinich, and Christopher Shays.
Serial No. 109-259
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