Rep. Miller: Homeland Security Committee Examines Recent Attacks on our Nation

Jul 11, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, yesterday participated in the full Committee hearing “Assessing Attacks on the Homeland: From Fort Hood to Boston.”  The Committee heard from witnesses on the examination of common themes from recent terror attacks in the Homeland over the last decade. 

Rep. Miller directed her questions to Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, specifically regarding the War on Terror and how our nation should be prosecuting these foreign terror enemy combatants.  Expanding on how the battle field has changed in the War on Terror, Miller referenced the 2009 Christmas Day attempted bombing aboard a Northwest Flight 295 from Amsterdam to Detroit and the aftermath investigation and arrest of the suspect.  Miller asked Mayor Giuliani how the U.S. has improved our response to stopping attempted terrorist and how our nation determines handling them as an enemy combatant.

Click here to watch Miller and Giuliani’s exchange

Miller said: “As the Committee continues to investigate the events of the Boston Marathon attack, it is imperative we take a hard examination of our agencies, where we have information gaps and ways to improve our sharing and counterterrorism efforts.  For example, on Christmas Day 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab saw the battlefield in seat 19A aboard Northwest Flight 295.  Administration officials made the tragic mistake of giving the Christmas Day Attempted Bomber his Miranda warnings before the intelligence community and the FBI could fully question him.  Potentially actionable intelligence was lost, which increased the threat to the Homeland.  The attacks during the Boston Marathon should make it clear that the threat from al Qaeda, and those that are inspired by their radical ideology, will continue to try to kill innocent American people.  If we are to defeat the virulent ideology that radical Islamists espouse, we cannot succumb to political correctness.  We should treat foreign terrorist captured on American soil as enemy combatants and interrogate them to gain valuable intelligence and save American lives.  In the aftermath of Boston, it is incumbent upon the Congress to fix the challenge of information sharing and ensure the U.S. has the tools it needs to fully protect our nation.”

Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Representative Peter King (NY-02)

This hearing heard from witnesses:
• The Honorable Rudy Giuliani, Mayor, New York City
• The Honorable Michael Leiter, Senior Counselor to the Chief Executive Officer, Palantir Technologies, Former Director National Counterterrorism Center
• Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Professor and Director, Center for Peace and Security Studies and Security, Georgetown University