Chairman Royce on the hearing: “While important progress has been made, terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS remain dangerous security threats to the United States and our allies.  As part of the committee’s ongoing oversight related to these conflicts, we will discuss these grave threats and authorities that empower our men and women in uniform to carry out important missions that help keep us safe.”

Opening Statements

Full text of Chairman Ed Royce’s opening statement


The Honorable Michael B. Mukasey
(Former Attorney General of the United States)
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Brigadier General Richard C. Gross, USA, Retired
Fluet Huber + Hoang, PLLC
(Former Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

The Honorable Matthew G. Olsen
Lecturer on Law
Harvard Law School
(Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center)
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]


Hearing transcript (PDF)