While all this shutdown/showdown business has been diverting attention from a very crucial hearing that took place on Thursday. As someone on the panel stated ‘ We thought al qaeda was once a fragmented faction & didn’t affect us here at home’, We have seen what that line of thinking got us.
We here at JUST Piper bring you many important posts, I ask you watch this entire hearing. It is so very informative.
There was horror on the Hill when a crazed Connecticut woman who tried to ram her way into the White House was shot and killed Thursday. I find the timing of that and this hearing ironic. It happened as this hearing was taking place. Coincidence?
So far there are few answers on why Miriam Carey took police on a violent chase near the U.S. Capitol. Investigators in the hours after the bizarre chase were baffled about why Carey went on a tear.
“I’m pretty confident this was not an accident,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
But it seems this is no longer being discussed:
Suspect in barrier ramming, Capitol Hill shooting Somali descent . Some reports claimed that Miriam Carey was of Somali descent. If she was, this name doesn’t match up.
But we will never know will we? This hearing shows not only what a threat al-shabaab is, but more so how they are being recruited from Minnesota.
One of the highlights is Dana Rohrbacher. He is, like me, hellbent on the funding for these terrorists. This was my wheelhouse. Surprisingly he states he believes al q was complicit in the OKC bombing, as many of us know to be true.
So here is some of the testimony and witness remarks. The one who impressed me the most was Mohamed Farah Executive Director Ka Joog.
Ka Joog was formed back in 2007 by a dozen of students, from high school level to college students, who had few things in common such as education, art, positive role models in the community and proud citizens of a country with limitless opportunity for those who are willing to work hard. The term Ka Joog means to stay out or stay away, and the message behind that is to get youth away from any negative influences that hinders there success or reaching their best potential.
Please read his entire statement
The others who testified were:
* Seth Jones, Ph.D. Associate Director International Security and Defense Policy Center RAND Corporation.
This is a timely hearing because of the recent attacks in East Africa, the movement of some Americans to Somalia to fight with the al-Qa’ida linked group al Shabaab (the Youth), and the accessibility in the United States of al Shabaab propaganda on social media sites.
* Mr. Dan Borelli Chief Operating Officer The Soufan Group His background is a 25-‐year veteran
of the FBI. His last position was Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Joint Terrorism Taskforce in New York.
* Mr. Richard Downie Deputy Director and Fellow Africa Program Center for Strategic and International Studies:
I thank you for the opportunity to testify on the threat posed by Al Shabaab. I will make some brief remarks about the evolution of this terrorist group, its current capabilities and objectives, and offer some thoughts on how its threat can best be dealt with by the United States and its allies in the East Africa region.
Foreign Affairs Committee