Terror in Europe: Safeguarding U.S. Citizens at Home and Abroad, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, April 5, 2016   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the April 5, 2016 hearing, "Terror in Europe: Safeguarding U.S. Citizens at Home and Abroad," before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs". From the opening statement of Ron Johnson: "The purpose of this hearing is to understand the terrorist threat in Europe and what it means for our security. [...] The attacks in Brussels follow a series of ISIS-linked terrorist attacks, including the November atrocities in Paris, in which hundreds have been killed and many more wounded. To be clear, ISIS and other terrorist groups are a threat to the United States and the American people. We saw that in San Bernardino, in Garland, Texas, and elsewhere. The grave threat against the West, including American interests at home and abroad, requires us to assess the state of our security. Today, we will ask three questions. First, what are the root causes of the terrorism threats in Europe? Second, how is the threat from ISIS and other terrorist organizations changing? Third, what do the challenges in Europe and the changing terrorism threat mean for our security? And what actions must we now take to protect the American people? Over the past 15 months, we have passed laws to improve the security of our borders, strengthen the Department of Homeland Security, and protect the American people. But I know there is more that we must do." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Juan C. Zarate, Julianne Smith, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, and Clinton Watts.

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