Assessing the Fight Against Al Qaeda, Hearing Before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 9, 2008   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of Silvestre Reyes: "Today we will focus on an issue at the top of this committee's agenda, the threat from al Qaeda in Afghanistan and in Pakistan. We believe that Osama bin Laden and his most senior deputies use the largely ungoverned border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan as a safe haven to plan terrorist attacks against the United States and our allies. I think that today's open session is an important companion to the committee's classified work on this very important subject to our country. This is one of the biggest threats that we face, and the American people deserve to know about it. The committee plans to hold additional hearings on al Qaeda, both open and closed, in the coming months in order to focus on this threat and on our progress in countering it. Today we will receive testimony from three experts on al Qaeda. The first is Mr. Peter Bergen, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a research fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security. He is also the author of numerous books on al Qaeda. Mr. Bergen is both a widely recognized expert on al Qaeda and is one of the few Westerners to have actually met and interviewed Osama bin Laden." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Silvestre Reyes, Leonard L. Boswell, Robert E. Cramer, Anna G. Eshoo, and John F. Tierney.

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