False Narrative Endangers the Homeland, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, January 15, 2014   [open pdf - 377KB]

This is the the January 15, 2014 hearing, "A False Narrative Endangers the Homeland," before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Michael T. McCaul: "The Committee on Homeland Security will come to order. The committee is meeting today to examine the danger to the homeland from the threat of extremism. I now recognize myself for an opening statement. Today the President's rhetoric on the threat of al-Qaeda and its franchises are in stark contrast to the reality we are witnessing in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Whether or not the downplaying of the spread of these Islamic extremist groups and the real threat they pose, which are metastasizing from the civil war in Syria, is to further a political agenda or simply to avoid the conflict altogether, I believe this false narrative greatly endangers our National security. Protecting this Nation requires that we correctly identify the threats against it. It also requires that the United States lead on the world stage. I am increasingly concerned that we are doing very little of both. The administration has labeled the Fort Hood massacre in my home State ''workplace violence,'' explained Benghazi away with a protest to a video as opposed to an al-Qaeda-driven attack, and removed words like ''violent Islamist extremism'' from their vernacular. With each attack, the administration appears to distance itself from who is behind it." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph I. Lieberman, Jane Harman, John M. Keane, Seth G. Jones, and Jeff Duncan.

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