Rep. Miller: House Committee on Homeland Security to Examine the Boston Bombings

May 8, 2013 Issues: Defense and Homeland Security

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, today made the following comments in anticipation of the upcoming  Committee on Homeland Security hearing: The Boston Bombings: A First Look.  This hearing will examine the Boston bombings and the implications for homeland security and begins at 9am on Thursday, May 9th.  Miller said:

“Several weeks ago, two cowardly terrorists detonated homemade bombs, taking the lives of innocent bystanders and injured hundreds of others who were cheering on family and friends as they finished the Boston Marathon.  It is a stark reminder that Al Qaeda’s twisted ideology continues to have the power to inspire violence.  While our security agencies continue to investigate, we will exhaust every resource and bring the full weight of justice to bear on those responsible for this horrendous attack.  Their goal was to terrorize, and kill as many as possible.  They failed because just like the September 11th attack, the Boston bombers failed to change who we are as Americans.  We are tough, resilient and we will persevere.  And we have brave Americans who wear a uniform ready to take on these cowards wherever they hide.

"On Thursday, our committee will hear from witnesses regarding the attack’s initial response and investigation, how local and state law enforcement were able to work in coordination with federal agencies, and ultimately track down the two suspected bombers.  This hearing be the first of a series allowing members of the committee to investigate and review our homeland security policies, as well as where we must refocus our homeland security efforts to guard against these types of attacks in the future.”

When: THURSDAY, May 9, 2013, at 9:00am.  Live video of the hearing can be found here.

Where: 311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:
• Senator Joseph Lieberman, former Senator from Connecticut and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
• Undersecretary Kurt Schwartz, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management
• Commissioner Edward F. Davis, Boston Police Department