Incoming Homeland Security Chair Discusses New Priorities

The 2011 House Homeland Security Committee, under the leadership of Rep. Peter King (R-NY), will hold hearings on the Fort Hood shootings and work to stop the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to lower Manhattan for civilian trials.

King, writing in the New York Post, said his committee will “actively oversee DHS to ensure that it's fulfilling its mission of protecting America against Islamic terrorism.” He also wants to explore the al-Qaeda tactic of recruiting and radicalizing individuals residing in America.

The opinion column criticized the committee's Democratic leadership over the past four years, chiding the committee for holding hearings on such issues as Hurricane Katrina and diversity in the DHS workforce.

It also complained about a recent 25% reduction in funding for New York’s mass-transit and port security. King, however, did praise the Obama Administration for its role in stopping the recent Yemen mail bomb plot.

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