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Serial No. 114-137: After San Bernardino: The Future of ISIS-Inspired Attacks, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 10, 2016   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the February 10, 2016 hearing on "After San Bernardino: The Future of ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria]-Inspired Attacks" held before the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. From the opening statement of Ted Poe: "On December 3, 2015, husband and wife, Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29, carried out the worst terror attack in the United States since 9/11. They killed 14 people, seriously injured at least 22 others in San Bernardino, California. This was not the first ISIS inspired attack in the United States, nor would it be the last. On October 23, 2014, a man believed to be self-radicalized attacked four police officers in New York City with a hatchet. On May 3, 2015, two men opened fire outside of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in a Dallas suburb, at least one of the gunmen appeared to have contact with ISIS operative via social media. Last month, a man was arrested in Philadelphia after shooting and wounding a police officer. The attacker claimed to have committed the attack on behalf of ISIS. In all, ISIS has conducted over 60 attacks in 20 countries. The map that is to the General's right, and I think all of you have a copy of that map--I don't know if you can see this or not. The map shows where these attacks have taken place, and they stretch from California to Australia and many places in between. The fact is the death toll from terrorism is on the rise. The chart shows global deaths from terrorism since 2001. Global deaths from terrorism are three times higher than when the President took office, and it is hard to say that the world is a safer place because it is not. One of the main questions of this hearing is can these kinds of ISIS inspired attacks be stopped? If they can't be eliminated entirely, is there more that we can be doing to make sure that there are less of these ISIS attacks? ISIS feeds on a narrative of strength. If we can puncture the narrative and show that ISIS is on the run and collapsing, that could significantly impact ISIS' ability to inspire attacks in the United States and the world." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jack Keane, Alberto M. Fernandez, and Christopher Swift.

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