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Congressman Pete King

Representing the 2nd District of New York

King Announces Witnesses for Third Radicalization Hearing on Wednesday

Jul 24, 2011

List Includes Ahmed Hussen, William Anders Folk and Thomas Joscelyn

Washington, D.C. (Sunday, July 24, 2011) – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the names of the witnesses he will call to testify this Wednesday at the third in the series of hearings on radicalization of the Muslim-American community.

The hearing, entitled “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland,” will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27th, in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

The witnesses King will call at the hearing are:

Ahmed Hussen
• Mr. Ahmed Hussen is a member of the Canadian government’s Cross Cultural Roundtable on Security and has distinguished himself as one of North America’s most prominent and respected Somali community activists and East Africa security and governance analysts. He is National President of the Canadian Somali Congress.

William Anders Folk
• Mr. William Anders Folk is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. In his capacity as a federal prosecutor, he was the lead prosecutor on more than a dozen high-profile al Shabaab terrorism cases originating in the Minneapolis area and represented his office on the Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force. Prior to his work as a federal prosecutor, Folk served as JAG officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Thomas Joscelyn
• Mr. Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. As a result of his extensive research and writings, he has distinguished himself as a leading terrorism expert focusing on how al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations operate around the world. Joscelyn is senior editor of The Long War Journal.