Relevant Congressional Hearings

  • NCPCF Testimony on Solitary Confinement submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee – Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

    The rationale to impose solitary confinement is often contrived. Before trial, an inmate can be placed in solitary confinement for protective custody, and then have SAMs added, supposedly for prison security reasons, then be placed in the SHU for disciplinary reasons, and then after conviction he may be placed in the CMU or the Supermax supposedly for security reasons. In practice, solitary confinement is often imposed arbitrarily or for improper reasons such as to break a defendant down to prevent his testimony at trial, or to interfere in defense preparation, or to prevent legitimate communication, or to force the defendant’s cooperation in other cases.

     
  • Congress keeps closer watch on CIA drone strikes

    Source: LA Times. The regular review of some of the most closely held video in the CIA’s possession is part of a marked increase in congressional attention paid to the agency’s targeted killing program over the last three years. The oversight, which has not previously been detailed, began largely at the instigation of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, officials said. The lawmakers and aides with the intelligence oversight committees have a level of access shared only by President Obama, his top aides and a small number of CIA officials.

     
  • Durbin to probe racial profiling when Senate returns

    Source: The Hill. Witnesses have not yet been announced, but the hearing was likely prompted by the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old from Florida who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watchman.

     
  • Rep. King’s fourth Muslim-American radicalization hearing to focus on military

    Source: The Hill. Rep. King’s fourth Muslim-American radicalization hearing to focus on military By Jordy Yager
    The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is hoping his panel’s hearing on the radicalization of Muslim-Americans within the U.S. military will reveal how the armed services can better protect itself against homegrown attacks.Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) is holding a joint hearing on Wednesday, along with Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), as the next stage in his series of efforts to address the radicalization of American Muslims.

     
  • White House to testify at hearing on “home-grown” militants

    Source: Reuters. White House to testify at hearing on “home-grown” militants By Mark Hosenball
    The Obama administration has signaled it will cooperate with a controversial congressional inquiry into alleged threats posed by “home-grown” Islamic militants that critics have branded a “witch hunt.” The House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security said on its website that the White House would supply two official witnesses for a December 7 hearing on “The threat to military communities inside the United States.” The committee, chaired by Republican Representative Peter King, had led controversial hearings earlier this year on alleged domestic Islamic radicalization.

     
  • King Hearing on Somali Radicalization Struggles to Stay on Track

    Source: WNYC. King Hearing on Somali Radicalization Struggles to Stay on Track by Arun Venugopal.
    Rep. Peter King conducted the third in his series of hearings examining radicalization in the Muslim American community, this one focusing on the recruitment of Somali-American youth by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. But the hearing frequently went off-track, with Democrats using the occasion to attack the very premise of the hearing.

     
  • After Terrorist Attack By Alleged Anti-Muslim Fanatic, Peter King Will Still Target Only Muslims In Terror Hearings

    Source: Think Progress. After Terrorist Attack By Alleged Anti-Muslim Fanatic, Peter King Will Still Target Only Muslims In Terror Hearings by Zaid Jilani.
    Despite the Norway killings, Representative Peter T. King, the New York Republican who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he had no plans to broaden contentious hearings about the radicalization of Muslim Americans and would hold the third one as planned.

     
  • Senate holds first hearing on DREAM Act

    Source: UPI.com. Senate holds first hearing on DREAM Act.
    The bill would make it possible for people brought illegally into the United States as children to apply for citizenship after spending several years in the country and completing two years of college or military service. Attempts to pass it earlier this year failed.

     
  • Rep. King’s New Muslim Hearing

    Source: Wall Street Journal. Rep. King to Hold New Muslim Hearings by Devlin Barrett.
    After creating a tempest earlier this year by holding a House hearing into Muslim radicalization, New York Rep. Peter King plans to return to the topic with another hearing next week.
    This time the House Homeland Security Committee, which King leads, will examine radicalization of Muslims in U.S. prisons.

     
  • Dick Durbin’s hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims

    Source: Washington Post. Dick Durbin’s hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims by Felicia Sonmez.
    This backlash began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said of the particular focus on American Muslims, adding that Attorney General Eric Holder has called the issue “the civil rights issue of our time.”