An outside review of the FBI's efforts to address domestic radicalization was included as part of a broader review of recommendations of the 9/11 Commission in the FY13 spending bill signed into law on March 26, according to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations subcommittee, which funds the FBI.
Wolf said the timing of the review is important given the reports about radicalization of the two suspects involved in the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks last week.
Below is the report language in the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R. 933):
Implementation of 9/11 Commission recommendations.--This Act includes $500,000 for a comprehensive external review of the implementation of the recommendations related to the FBI that were proposed in the report issued by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks.
Upon the United States (commonly known as the "9/11 Commission"). The scope of this review shall include: (1) an assessment of progress made, and challenges in implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that are related to the FBI; (2) an analysis of the FBI's response to trends of domestic terror attacks since September 11, 2001, including the influence of domestic radicalization; (3) an assessment of any evidence now known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission related to any factors that contributed in any manner to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; and (4) any additional recommendations with regard to FBI intelligence sharing and counterterrorism policy. The FBI shall submit a report to the Committees, no later than one year after enactment of this Act, on the findings and recommendations resulting from this review. The FBI is encouraged, in carrying out this review, to draw upon the experience of 9/11 Commissioners and staff.
The language was included at Wolf's request and is the latest in his longstanding effort to combat terrorism and threats to our national security. Wolf was the author of the National Commission on Terrorism in 1998, also known as the Bremer Commission, and was a strong supporter of the 9/11 Commission.
In 2011, Wolf and then-Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-NY) first introduced legislation that would reconstitute the 9/11 Commission to evaluate the progress of implementing the recommendations made by the panel and to examine emerging national security threats, including domestic radicalization.
Since 9/11, the independent Congressional Research Service has reported that hundreds of individuals have been implicated in more than 50 homegrown violent jihadist plots or attacks.
"The motivation behind the language is to have fresh eyes on this constantly evolving threat and to improve practices within the Bureau, particularly in light of the terrorist attacks involving radicalized Americans, like the brothers suspected in the Boston attacks and Maj. Hasan at Ft. Hood," Wolf said.