Stopping the Next Attack: How to Keep Our City Streets from Becoming the Battleground, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, September 21, 2016   [open pdf - 6MB]

This is the September 21, 2016 hearing on "Stopping the Next Attack: How to Keep Our City Streets from Becoming the Battleground," held before the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Michael T. McCaul: "The threat environment is as high as we have ever seen it, especially from radical Islamist extremists. Last year, this committee tracked the most home-grown jihadist plots ever in a single year in the United States, and 2016 could be even worse. Americans are rightfully worried that our city streets are once again becoming the battleground. Fort Hood, Boston, Chattanooga, San Bernardino, Orlando. Some have said this kind of regular terrorism is the new normal. But I strongly reject that argument. Complacency is not an option. Terrorists are threatening American lives, our livelihood, and our way of life. We cannot falter with so much at stake. That is why yesterday I released a National strategy to win the war against Islamist terror, with proposals for fighting the enemy overseas and stopping radicalization in our communities. My strategy explains that one of our highest priorities must be to make sure our front-line defenders are better prepared to stop acts of terror. This means the police, fire, and other emergency professionals need to be able to detect suspicious activity and catch potential terrorists before it's too late. If a plot goes undetected, they must be equipped to respond quickly to prevent loss of life. We saw that play out this weekend when our first responders acted heroically to protect their fellow citizens." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Art Acevedo, Michael J. Bouchard, Jerry L. Demings, and John Miller.

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