Combating Terrorism: The Proliferation of Agencies' Efforts : Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, Second Session, April 23, 1998

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998 - 78 pages
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Page 33 - And again, you see a large number of wounded, over 900 in the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, in 1993, and again in Dharan.
Page 28 - Command testified in 1998 about the difficulties of using weapons of mass destruction, noting that "an effective, mass-casualty producing attack on our citizens would require either a fairly large, very technically competent, well-funded terrorist program or state sponsorship." Moreover, in 1996, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency testified that the agency had no conclusive information that any of the terrorist organizations it monitors were...
Page 15 - States and note that conventional explosives and firearms continue to be the weapons of choice for terrorists. Terrorists are less likely to use chemical and biological weapons than conventional explosives, although the possibility that they may use chemical and biological materials may increase over the next decade, according to intelligence agencies.
Page 45 - Embassy in Pakistan. Elements of several US Government agencies were involved in vetting the information provided by the source and putting in place an operation to apprehend Yousef. In addition, the United States asked for and received the full assistance of the Government of Pakistan to arrest and extradite Yousef. This type of coordination and cooperation is characteristic of what happens when things go well. But these events do not happen of their own accord. It takes preparation and often years...
Page 51 - For example, the Department of Energy does not need to have a NEST and a JTOT. These units should be merged and scaled down. I also think it is foolish to assign various parts of the mission for dealing with threats from weapons of mass destruction to different military units. One unit could perform the tasks currently assigned to Army's Technical Escort Unit and the Marine Corps' Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, for example.
Page 18 - ... analytically sound threat and risk assessment using valid inputs from the intelligence community and other agencies. Threat and risk assessments could help the government make decisions about how to target investments in combating terrorism and set priorities on the basis of risk; identify unnecessary program duplication, overlap, and gaps; and correctly size individual agencies...
Page 29 - Mr. Chairman, that concludes my prepared statement. I would be happy to answer any questions you or the committee may have.
Page 24 - Budget (OMB) was required to regularly collect, aggregate, and review funding and spending data relative to combating terrorism on a crosscutting, governmentwide basis. Further, neither agency had established funding priorities for terrorism-related programs within or across agencies...
Page 17 - According to intelligence agencies, conventional explosives and firearms continue to be the weapons of choice for terrorists. Terrorists are less likely to use chemical and biological weapons at least partly because they are more difficult to weaponize and the results are unpredictable.
Page 45 - States will not go unpunished, and that if identified and caught they will personally pay a heavy price. Second, it provides a clear demonstration of what separates us from terrorists. Our goal as a country is to seek justice rather than vengeance. When we afford terrorists the right of due process we are making a powerful statement to our citizens as well as the terrorists. We hold them legally accountable for their actions. Finding and arresting terrorists outside the United States is a significant...

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