Republican Congressmen Work to Bring Back 9/11 Commission
Two Republican Congressmen, Representatives Peter King of New York and Frank Wolf of Virginia have introduced legislation that would reconstitute the 9/11 commission with the goal of evaluating the progress of implementing recommendations made by the original panel.
With the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching King and Wolf say it would also be useful to examine emerging national security threats, particularly what they call the "growing threat" of domestic radicalization.
According to the Congressional Research Service there have been 43 "homegrown jihadist terrorist plots and attacks since 9/11." Including 22 plots or attacks since May 2009 and that number has continued to grow in recent months.
"A comprehensive and fresh analysis from a 9/11 Review Commission of our progress and remaining challenges will be an invaluable tool for the Homeland Security Committee and the entire congress we continue our critical work of securing our homeland from the ever-evolving al-Qaeda and its affiliates," said Peter King, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
"A decade out from the deadliest attack on U.S. soil, we owe it to the American people to have an independent and comprehensive reassessment of the steps taken to guarantee the safety and security of this nation," said Wolf, who chairs the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the FBI.
The original 9/11 commission was lead by co-chairmen Lee Hamilton and Thomas Keane.