To require a report on the designation of Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Boko Haram Terrorist Designation Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. REPORT ON DESIGNATION OF BOKO HARAM AS A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following: (1) On August 26, 2011, a vehicle borne explosive device (VBIED) was detonated after being driven into the lobby of a United Nations facility in Abuja, Nigeria. At least 21 people died as a result of the explosion, and the Islamist militant organization commonly called ``Boko Haram'' claimed responsibility. (2) On December 25, 2011, a series of bombs were detonated across northern Nigeria. Some of these attacks killed worshippers attending Christmas Day services, and killed an estimated total of 41 people. Boko Haram claimed responsibility. (3) From their inception, Boko Haram has killed hundreds of innocent civilians and has continually enhanced its lethality, pledging to continue its use of terrorist tactics. In a July 2010 statement, Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, issued support to al Qaeda and made threatening remarks to the United States. (4) On January 31, 2012, in testimony before Congress, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper included Boko Haram in his worldwide threat assessment, stating, ``There are also fears that Boko Haram--elements of which have engaged al- Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb...