Serial No. 112-113: Eleven Years Later: Preventing Terrorists from Coming to America, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, September 11, 2012 [open pdf - 545KB]
This is the September 11, 2012 hearing on "Eleven Years Later: Preventing Terrorists from Coming to America," held before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. From the opening statement of Candice S. Miller: "Good morning, everyone. The Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security will come to order. The subcommittee is meeting today to examine the Department of Homeland Security's ability to prevent terrorists from traveling to the United States. We have an excellent panel of witnesses. I would just remind the committee, though, and the witnesses as well, obviously in remembrance of this day, 9/11, 11 years ago, we have some pictures on the back of this committee room which remind us all, each and every day, of why this committee was even formed, the main committee and certainly our subcommittees as well. […] Among the most important weaknesses the attackers exploited was the porous outer ring of border security. The hijackers actually passed through United States Border Security a combined total of 68 times. The relative ease with which the terrorists evaded detection by presenting fraudulent documentation, passports, and made detectable false statements on visa applications, gave false statements to border officials, and certainly the failure to watch lists with known al-Qaeda operatives became missed opportunities to stop those attacks. It has highlighted certainly the need to close the holes exploited by the 9/11 terrorists by strengthening our border security and visa issuance policy. Curtailing the ability of terrorists to travel to the United States can be one of the most effective counter-terrorism tools, because denying terrorists the freedom to travel essentially eliminates their ability to plan or to exercise or to carry out attacks on our homeland." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Candice S. Miller, Henry Cuellar, Kelli Ann Walther, Kevin McAleenan, John P. Woods, Edward J. Ramotowski, Charles K. Edwards, and Bennie G. Thompson.
Serial No. 112-113
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