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June 01, 2017

Congress Must Act After Another Domestic Terrorist Attack

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Committee Chairman Michael McCaul demanding that the Committee confront the domestic terrorism threat. Last week, a domestic terrorist in Portland, Oregon stabbed three people, killing two, while shouting religious hate speech at two young Muslim women.  Ranking Member Thompson wrote Chairman McCaul in March regarding the need for hearings and legislation on domestic terrorism but no hearings or other committee actions have been planned.

These types of terrorist acts can no longer be ignored by this Committee for the sake of those who do not want to acknowledge that all forms of terrorism, no matter the ideology or the inspiration, are a threat to our safety, rights, and our homeland. Terrorist acts are carried out by individuals with various racial, religious, and political backgrounds, but they all have a common goal – to use violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs. Time and time again I have requested that our Committee fulfill its responsibility and commitment to “continue to conduct rigorous oversight of the Federal government’s counterterrorism efforts including monitoring ongoing and emerging terror threats to the United States.”


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