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Hearing Hearing Date: September 14, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism

Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism
September 14, 2016
2:00 pm
2154 Rayburn House Office Building


  • To address the scope of radicalization, and assess what steps can be taken to mitigate the rise of terror via lone wolf attacks and organized terrorist plots.


  • There have been numerous terrorist atrocities conducted by radicalized individuals in cities such as San Bernardino, Orlando, Brussels, Nice, Ankara, and Istanbul, to name a few.
  • Such attacks, committed by radicalized Islamic extremists targeting unsuspecting populations in vulnerable public places, appear to be the new template for terrorist activity.  The randomness of these attacks makes it difficult for law enforcement to protect the public.
  • Technological advances have enabled vulnerable Homegrown Violent Extremists, both foreign fighters and lone wolves, to be recruited, radicalized, and mobilized for terror attacks via social media in mere days.


Witnesses and testimonies: Mr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Senior Fellow
Foundation for Defense of Democracies


Mr. Matt Mayer

Visiting Fellow, Homeland Security Studies
American Enterprise Institute


Mr. David Inserra

Policy Analyst, Foreign and National Security Policy
The Heritage Foundation


Mr. Richard Cohen

Southern Poverty Law Center