The House Select Intelligence Committee held a hearing today on U.S. National Security Threats, including terrorism to the people of the U.S. Witnesses included Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter; Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller.
In a statement to the committee, DNI James Clapper stated that terror is still the top threat to the U.S. He targeted Al-Queda as the top concern of intelligence officials.
Also on Capitol Hill, John Pistole, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) went before a House Homeland Security Subcommittee. He was questioned about the new airport full body screening machines and the Obama Administration’s recent decision to allow limited collective-bargaining for its transportation security officers.
Yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the House Homeland Security Committee that the terrorist threat is at its highest level since 9/11. She testified with National Counterterrorism Director Michael Leiter on homeland security threats from abroad and at home. Counterterrorism experts discussed the status of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and military tribunals.