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COMBATING TERRORISM: IN SEARCH OF A
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COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM
DAN BURTON, Indiana, Chairman BENJAMIN A. GILMAN, New York
HENRY A. WAXMAN, California CONSTANCE A. MORELLA, Maryland TOM LANTOS, California CHRISTOPHER SHAYS, Connecticut
MAJOR R. OWENS, New York ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida
EDOLPHUS TOWNS, New York JOHN M. MCHUGH, New York
PAUL E. KANJORSKI, Pennsylvania STEPHEN HORN, California
PATSY T. MINK, Hawaii JOHN L. MICA, Florida
CAROLYN B. MALONEY, New York THOMAS M. DAVIS, Virginia
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, Washington, MARK E. SOUDER, Indiana
DC JOE SCARBOROUGH, Florida
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland STEVEN C. LATOURETTE, Ohio
DENNIS J. KUCINICH, Ohio BOB BARR, Georgia
ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH, Illinois DAN MILLER, Florida
DANNY K. DAVIS, Illinois DOUG OSE, California
JOHN F. TIERNEY, Massachusetts RON LEWIS, Kentucky
JIM TURNER, Texas
THOMAS H. ALLEN, Maine
WM. LACY CLAY, Missouri
BERNARD SANDERS, Vermont
KEVIN BINGER, Staff Director
JAMES C. WILSON, Chief Counsel
ROBERT A. BRIGGS, Chief Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL SECURITY, VETERANS AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL
CHRISTOPHER SHAYS, Connecticut, Chairman ADAM H. PUTNAM, Florida
DENNIS J. KUCINICH, Ohio BENJAMIN A. GILMAN, New York
BERNARD SANDERS, Vermont ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida
THOMAS H. ALLEN, Maine JOHN M. MCHUGH, New York
TOM LANTOS, California STEVEN C. LATOURETTE, Ohio
JOHN F. TIERNEY, Massachusetts
JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY, Illinois
DAN BURTON, Indiana
HENRY A. WAXMAN, California
JASON CHUNG, Clerk
Kucinich, Hon. Dennis J., a Representative in Congress from the State
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COMBATING TERRORISM: IN SEARCH OF A
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2001
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS,
Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m., in room 2247, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Christopher Shays (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Present: Representatives Shays, Putnam, Lewis of Kentucky, Gilman, Kucinich, and Tierney.
Staff present: Lawrence J. Halloran, staff director and counsel; R. Nicholas Palarino, senior policy advisor; Thomas Costa, professional staff member; Jason Chung, clerk; Alex Moore, fellow; David Rapallo, minority counsel; Earley Green, minority assistant clerk; and Teresa Coufal, minority staff assistant.
Mr. SHAYS. A quorum being present, the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations' hearing entitled, “Combating Terrorism: In Search of a National Strategy," is called to order.
Last week we learned the stalled investigation of the Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 Americans has been beset by a longsimmering power struggle between the FBI Director and the U.S. Attorney assigned to bring terrorism perpetrators to justice. Transfer of the case to another prosecutor may breathe new life into the 5-year-old inquiry, but the change is also a symptom of a suffocating problem plaguing the Federal effort to combat terrorism-in a word, "turf."
In 1995, the President designated the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the lead Federal agency for consequence management—the measures needed to protect life, restore essential services, and provide emergency relief after a terrorism event involving conventional, biological, chemical, or radiological weapons of mass destruction.
The FBI, part of the Department of Justice, was directed to lead crisis management—the measures needed to prevent or punish acts of terrorism.
Today, more than 40 Federal departments and agencies operate programs to deter, detect, prepare for, and respond to terrorist attacks. We put their names out to demonstrate how difficult it would be to get them all in one room, much less get them all to speak with one voice.