The U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee announced on Thursday that its Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Islamic State and domestic threats of terror.
The hearing is to discuss the potential influence the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has on U.S. citizens and what that could mean in terms of terrorism activity domestically.
“Next week, the Crime Subcommittee will hear from law enforcement officials on the threat ISIL poses here at home," Reps. Bob Goodlate (R-Va.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said in a joint statement. "We must ensure that our intelligence and law enforcement tools are robust enough to identify terrorist cells and homegrown terrorists within the United States.”
According to the committee announcement ,ISIL has increased its influence in Iraq and Syria. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that over 150 U.S. citizens have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria. It has also arrested at least six individuals that may have been looking to join.
“Every day, we hear of new atrocities committed by ISIL terrorists," Goodlate and Sensenbrenner said. "Their barbarianism and cruelty knows no bounds: They brutally murder aid workers, journalists, and ethnic and religious minorities, among many others. And as we have seen recently in Denmark, France, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany, these terrorists are intent on destroying our way of life. Here in the United States, we must remain vigilant against this real threat so that we protect Americans and our national security."
The hearing will take place Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. local time, at the Rayburn House Office Building. A webcast will be available at the Judiciary Committee's website.