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    Global Terrorist Threats

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey, and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on terrorist threats. They testified that they had no information ISIL was plotting attacks in the U.S. but said they were concerned with homegrown terrorists radicalized through the Internet to carry out violent attacks. They noted how adept ISIL was with using the Internet and social media as a recruiting tool. Secretary Johnson talked about the need for the U.S. to counter ISIL’s strong propaganda machine. They also said that there was no specific intelligence that ISIL was trying to come into the U.S. through the Mexican border. Topics included student visas. 

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extremist Sunni militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Benghazi Attack and Diplomatic Security

    The House Select Committee on Benghazi held its first hearing. They heard testimony from Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr, whose position was created after the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. He talked about changes made to improve security at foreign posts, but added that risks can be reduced, not eliminated. Two security experts, Todd Keil and Mark Sullivan, who served on a State Department independent panel also testified. Mr. Keil criticized the State Department for its risk management process.