HEARING OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ONHOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
Confronting the Terrorist Threat to the Homeland: Six Years After 9/11
MR. MICHAEL CHERTOFF, SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS);MR. MIKE McCONNELL, DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE (DNI);MR. ROBERT S. MUELLER, III – DIRECTOR, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI);VADM JOHN “SCOTT” REDD, U.S. NAVY (RET.) – DIRECTOR, NATIONALCOUNTERTERRORISM CENTER (NCTC)
CHAIRED BY: SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN (I-CT)LOCATION: 342 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C.
TIME: 9:34 A.M. EDTDATE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
SEN. LIEBERMAN: (Strikes gavel.) The hearing will come to order.I thank everyone who's here, including, of course, our fourwitnesses. Tomorrow, September 11th, 2007, people across our nation and infact in many places around the world will pause to mourn and reflect on theterrorist acts -- attacks of September 11th, 2001.Today, in this committee room, we rededicate ourselves to thememories of those lost and the families and the nation that grieve for them.Today we take time to assess the continuing Islamist terrorist threat toAmerica and what our government is doing to protect the American people froman attack like the one that occurred six years ago.Today we ask what lessons were learned, where do we stand in ourability to detect and deter the next attack that we know is being plotted,and is our government ready to respond effectively to mitigate the damage toour citizens and our way of life, should another terrorist attack be carriedout.The National Intelligence Council's Estimate on the Terrorist Threatto the Homeland, which was issued in July, makes the continuing dangersclear. I quote, "We assess that al Qaeda's homeland plotting is likely tocontinue on prominent political, economic and infrastructure targets, withthe goal of producing mass casualties, visually dramatic destruction,significant economic aftershocks, and/or fear in the U.S. population," end ofquote.While the core of the 9/11/01 al Qaeda is weaker and no longeroperates under the cover of the Taliban government of Afghanistan, and itsforces in Iraq are now on the run, it is clear that the leadership of alQaeda has regenerated itself, and its hateful ideology is metastasizingacross the Internet.