WASHINGTON – Reflecting a growing commitment to collaborate on efforts to defeat radical Islamist terrorism and combat threats from cyber and economic warfare, more than 120 Members of Parliament and other leaders from 40 nations joined Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) for the 6th Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum at the Library of Congress on Wednesday.
“We gathered Members of Parliament from very diverse countries, with different styles of government, different views on the rule of law, and different religious backgrounds” said Congressman Pittenger, who organized and hosted the forum. “Despite our differences, we have a common enemy in radical Islamist terrorism. These forums build relationships allowing our countries to move forward together.”
Sessions were led by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, terrorism experts Dr. Sebastian Gorka and John Cassara, cyber security experts Jason Boswell (Ericsson) and J.R. Helmig (SAS Corporation), members of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and international experts on combatting terrorism financing Jamal El-Hindi (U.S. Treasury FinCEN), Jerome Beaumont (Egmont Group), and Juan Felix Marteau (Argentina’s National Coordinator for Combatting Terrorist Financing). House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and Senator Joni Ernst also spoke.
Congressman Pittenger serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing.