June 22, 2016
“No place is safe for anyone.”
That’s the chilling assessment a former ISIS captive has given U.S. lawmakers, recounting her harrowing tale of living in the grip of an international terrorist organization.
“Orlando will be repeated if the world doesn’t put an end [to] such terrorism. There is no sanctuary,” human rights activist Nadia Murad told the Senate Homeland Security Committee at the start of a hearing Tuesday.
The committee held the hearing to gain insight into what committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., called the “poisonous ideology” of ISIS and “how it results in the slaughter of innocents,” such as at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where an ISIS-inspired gunman killed 49 people and wounded scores more.
“[This] terrorist attack in Orlando continues the alarming trend of attacks on soft targets here in the U.S. and abroad,” Johnson said. “ISIS’ brutality towards women, homosexuals and other groups is overt, and these communities will continue to be vulnerable until ISIS is defeated.”