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Frank Wolf: Bring back the 9/11 Commission

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has long been a fan of blue-ribbon commissions, and now he thinks one of the best-known such bodies should come back for an encore.

Wolf and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, have introduced a bill “that would reconstitute the 9/11 Commission to evaluate the progress of implementing recommendations made by the panel and to examine emerging national security threats, including domestic radicalization,” according to a news release.

With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks six weeks away, the two lawmakers believe now is the time both to look at whether the advice of the bipartisan commission — which was headed by ex-New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean (R) and former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-N.J.) — has been heeded and to study how threats have evolved in the ensuing years.

Wolf and King said the were “particularly concerned with the growing threat of domestic radicalization.” King’s committee has held three hearings on radicalism within the U.S. Muslim population, the most recent one on Wednesday, that have sparked controversy.

“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,” Wolf said in the release. “We also need the commissioners to take an in-depth look at the growing threat of domestic radicalization.”

Wolf, a backer of the original 9/11 Commission, also authored the legislation creating the Iraq Study Group and has called for the creation of an Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group. He also wrote the 1998 bill that spawned the National Commission on Terrorism.


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