Combating Terrorism: U.S. Government Strategies and Efforts to Deny Terrorists Safe Haven, Statement of Jacquelyn L. Williams-Bridgers, Managing Director, International Affairs and Trade, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management, Committee on Homeland Security House of Representatives   [open pdf - 819KB]

From the opening statement of Jacquelyn L. Williams-Bridgers: "My testimony today focuses on (1) U.S. national strategies related to addressing terrorist safe havens, (2) terrorist safe havens identified by the Department of State (State) and the threats emanating from these havens, and (3) the extent to which the U.S. government has identified efforts to deny terrorists safe havens. In our report, we found that U.S. national strategies emphasize the importance of denying safe haven to terrorists and that, since 2006, State has annually identified terrorist safe havens in its Country Reports on Terrorism. However, we also found that, although there are multiple reporting requirements, the U.S. government has not provided to Congress a comprehensive, government wide list of its efforts to address terrorist safe havens. We made recommendations to both State and the National Security Council to improve reporting on U.S. efforts to address terrorist safe havens. State agreed with the importance of comprehensive information regarding U.S. efforts to address terrorist safe havens, but did not agree that this information needs to be included in the Country Reports on Terrorism. The National Security Council reviewed the report but provided no comments on the recommendation."

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