Serial No. 114-45 & 114-178: The Rise of Radicalism: Growing Terrorist Sanctuaries and the Threat to the U.S. Homeland, Joint Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, November 18, 2015 [open pdf - 584KB]
This is the November 18, 2015 hearing on "The Rise of Radicalism: Growing Terrorist Sanctuaries and the Threat to the U.S. Homeland," held before House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Michael T. McCaul: "Today, we must make this much clear. We are at war. The world was reminded last week that Islamic terrorists are seeking to harm our people, destroy our way of life and undermine the foundational principles of the free world. The Paris attacks also confirmed our worst fears, that of the thousands of foreign fighters who have gone to Syria and Iraq to join access, some would be deployed to bring terror back to the West. For more than a year, my committee has warned of this growing threat. We launched a bipartisan Congressional task force to focus on closing security gaps both at home and abroad to make it harder for terrorists and foreign fighters to slip across the border undetected. More than 5,000 individuals with Western passports, including Americans, have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, and some have already returned, battle hardened and prepared to strike. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, we traveled to Paris and met with the counterterrorism officials on the ground who have known that Europe was wide open to this danger. We conducted site visits along the jihadi super-highway from Western Europe to Turkey and then into the conflict zone. Our findings were alarming. This September, the committee's final task force report concluded that we are losing the struggle to stop Americans from going overseas to join jihadist groups. It announced that the gaping security weaknesses overseas are putting the U.S. homeland and our allies in danger. These worries have materialized. We know that jihadists exploited these gaps to plot and execute the worst terrorist attack on French soil since World War II. The world is now looking to America for leadership and for a clear eye to understanding of the threat." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John M. Keane, Matthew G. Olsen, and Peter Bergen.
Serial No. 114-45 & 144-178; Serial Number 114-45 & 144-178
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