House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King announced Tuesday that he will hold a hearing to examine the homeland security implications of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
King, a strong anti-terrorism advocate, said in a statement that the hearing, to be held May 25, will look at “near-term and long-term consequences and benefits to the security of our homeland resulting from the successful killing of al-Qaida’s founder and top leader.”
While the removal of Bin Laden from the battlefield is certainly a victory in our war against al-Qaida and its affiliates, it also means increased risk of retaliatory attacks against America by bin Laden supporters, just as we have seen recently in Pakistan,” King said.
Peter Bergen, New America Foundation scholar; Frances Townsend, former counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush; and Evan Kohlmann, Flashpoint Partners founder, are expected to be called as witnesses at the hearing.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.