Worldwide Threats and Homeland Security Challenges, Hearing Before the Full Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 21, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 21, 2015 hearing "Worldwide Threats and Homeland Security Challenges," held before the full House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Chairman Michael McCaul: "We are at a turning point in a new age of terror. I predict this year could exceed the last to become the most violent year on record for global terrorism. Radical Islamists are recruiting online, across borders, and at broadband speed--and the impact is being felt worldwide. Here in the United States, there have been more terrorist cases this year involving homegrown jihadists than any full year since 9/11. ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] alone has inspired or directed 17 terrorist plots in America since early 2014, and overall the group has been linked to more than 60 plots against Western targets, from Canada to Australia. This pace of terror plotting is unprecedented--unrivaled even by al Qaeda at its peak. Yet we are no closer to dismantling ISIS than we were a year ago. Despite 14 months of airstrikes, the group has largely maintained its core safe haven while expanding its global footprint. The ISIS reign of terror is fueled by its recruitment of foreign fighters, who hail from more than 100 countries, including our own. […] Today I hope to hear from our witnesses about these challenges and how their agencies are working to strengthen our defenses on the homefront." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeh C. Johnson, Nicholas J. Rasmussen, and James B. Comey.

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