Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism

Hearing Date: September 14, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building


  • To address the scope of radicalization, and assess what steps can be taken to mitigate the rise of terror via lone wolf attacks and organized terrorist plots.


  • There have been numerous terrorist atrocities conducted by radicalized individuals in cities such as San Bernardino, Orlando, Brussels, Nice, Ankara, and Istanbul, to name a few.
  • Such attacks, committed by radicalized Islamic extremists targeting unsuspecting populations in vulnerable public places, appear to be the new template for terrorist activity.  The randomness of these attacks makes it difficult for law enforcement to protect the public.
  • Technological advances have enabled vulnerable Homegrown Violent Extremists, both foreign fighters and lone wolves, to be recruited, radicalized, and mobilized for terror attacks via social media in mere days.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies Document
Mr. Matt Mayer Visiting Fellow, Homeland Security Studies American Enterprise Institute Document
Mr. David Inserra Policy Analyst, Foreign and National Security Policy The Heritage Foundation Document
Mr. Richard Cohen President Southern Poverty Law Center Document