Boko Haram - Emerging Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, November 30, 2011   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the November 30, 2011 hearing, Boko Haram-Emerging Threat to the U.S. Homeland, before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. From the conclusion statement of Dr. J. Peter Pham: "All indications are that Boko Haram's support networks, both within Nigeria and outside the country, are still somewhat limited. Nevertheless, the fact that the group has been able in recent months to expand its operations beyond its base in northern Nigeria ought to be a wake-­‐ up call to both the Nigerian government and the international community. Certainly the suicide bombings targeting symbols of Nigerian state authority and the international community represented a major advance in Boko Haram's capabilities and a significant shift in its message. The effect was not only to discredit the hitherto efforts of Nigerian officials to trivialize the group as an insignificant localized problem--rather than the direct challenge to the state that it constitutes--but also to call into question the assumptions of security analysts abroad who have long minimized the risks faced by a Nigeria whose vast natural and political resources, rather than powering growth and development to the benefit of all Nigerians, have sadly for most of the last half century been consumed in a downward spiral of corruption, internal conflict, and violence." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick Meehan, J. Peter Pham, Lauren Ploch, Ricardo Laremont, and Jennifer G. Cooke.

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