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Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity Hearing: “The London Bombings: Protecting Civilian Targets from Terrorist Attacks”


WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2005

WHERE: 311 Cannon House Office Building

WITNESSES

PANEL I

The Honorable Kip Hawley

Administrator
Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Honorable Robert Stephan
Assistant Secretary
Infrastructure Protection Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

NOTE: The first panel has been postponed until later in Sept. due to events relating to Hurricane Katrina.

PANEL II

Mr. Bill Millar
President
American Public Transportation Association
[View testimony]

Mr. Peter Lowy
Chief Executive Officer
Westfield America, Inc.
[View testimony]

Mr. Michael Norton
Managing Director of Global Property Management
Tishman Speyer Properties
[View testimony]

Mr. Joe Madsen
Director
Safety & Risk Management
Spokane Public Schools
[View testimony]

Background

The Subcommittee will examine how the United States is securing mass transit systems, office buildings, shopping malls, and other civilian soft targets from potential terrorist attacks. Al-Qa’ida and other terrorist organizations have shown interest and ability in attacking civilian targets around the world, as illustrated by the London mass transit bombings in July 2005, the Beslan school hostage crisis in Sept. 2004, and the Madrid train attacks in March 2004. Members will evaluate the appropriate roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), State and local governments, and the private sector in prioritizing protective efforts at the highest risk locations based on potential loss of human lives, damage to the economy, or critical function to the Nation.

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See also “The London Attacks: Training to Respond in a Mass Transit Environment”