Tuesday, March, 29, 2016

United States of Jihad, Dallas World Affairs Council, Dallas TX

Peter Bergen – United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists
Vice President, New America; CNN’s National Security Analyst
Tue, 29 Mar, 2016 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Journalist Peter Bergen’s career once took him in search of Osama Bin Laden in a far-off nation. Now his focus is on the threat at home in his latest book, United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists.

His book is the foundation for the current HBO documentary Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma.

The explanation of the book’s topic begins with this chilling passage: “Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans—born and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere—have been indicted or convicted of terrorism charges. Some have taken the fight abroad: an American was among those who planned the attacks in Mumbai, and more than eighty U.S. citizens have been charged with ISIS-related crimes. Others have acted on American soil, as with the attacks at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, and in San Bernardino. What motivates them, how are they trained, and what do we sacrifice in our efforts to track them?”

Bergen is the author of many books including Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – from 9/11 to Abbottabad. That became HBO’s Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden. Both HBO productions were directed by Emmy-winner Greg Barker.

The author is also known for, in 1997, producing a TV interview with Osama bin Laden that is described as the first interview for Western audiences in which bin Laden “declared war against the United States.”

The print and broadcast journalist has authored several books on The New York Times best-seller lists. He is vice president of the non-partisan, Washington-based think tank, New America, serving as director of the International Security and Fellows programs.

Bergen also is a member of the Homeland Security Project, a successor to the 9/11 Commission, and also of the Aspen Homeland Security Group. He is on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, a scholarly journal, and has testified before multiple congressional committees about Afghanistan, Pakistan, al-Qaeda, drones and other terrorism-related issues.

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8:00 AM Breakfast
8:20 AM Program & Book Signing
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Rosewood Crescent
400 Crescent Ct.
Dallas, TX 75201
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$45 Members
$65 Non-Members
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