Thursday, May 1, 2008

National Security Briefing on Radical Islam - May 22, 2008

The Sarasota County Veterans Commission will host a National Security Briefing on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Board of County Commission Chambers located on the first floor of the R. L. Anderson County Administration Building, 4000 S. Tamiami Trial, Venice, FL.

We will host the National Security Briefing on radical Islam in partnership with the Florida Security Council in lieu of our regular meeting. The public is welcome.

The event will include the showing of the award winning documentary “Obsession: Radical Islam's war against the West” followed by a panel discussion of the threat. The panel will be made up of experts on radical Islamists and terrorism in Florida, the United States and globally.

The distinguished panel members are:
  • Thomas A. Trento – Director of the Florida Security Council. Tom holds a Masters Degree in the Philosophy of Religion, from the Denver Seminary, Denver, CO. Tom has extensive professional involvement in management, advertisement, political action, education, with emphasis in public communication including, print, video, TV, and radio. He is President of Street America Group, LLC in Delray Beach, FL.

  • Dr. Terri K. Wonder – Dr. Wonder has a Masters Degree and Ph. D. from the University of South Florida. Terri has studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is an intelligence analyst for a private security agency’s anti-terrorism unit charged with protection of critical infrastructure (e.g., power plants), including special investigations of suspicious activity tied to extremist networks in Tampa Bay and other regions. She does strategic intelligence estimates for a private defense contractor on potential reaction by jihadist adversaries to changes in armed forces doctrine.

  • Stuart A. Senneff, CPP, CFE, FCI - FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Instructor with 20 + years of service. Stu provides Security Vulnerably Assessments, Analysis and Surveys, Case Development, Consulting, and Investigations in Civil, Criminal, Law Enforcement and Security matters, Executive Protection and Exposure Analysis, and Expert Witness Testimony. Stu is an Adjunct Instructor, Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction, Texas A&M, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He provides Instruction throughout the U. S. for government agencies.

We have assembled this outstanding panel of experts to present local insights and a world view of the threat of radical Islamists.

Please make every effort to attend with your family and friends. This important event is open to the pubic.

3 comments:

Connie said...

Glad to see this event happening. For more info, visit Jihad Watch and Counterterrorism Blog.

Hope you will share your findings here.

udnfc said...

As a veteran I was perturbed to see this event, supported by the Veterans Commission (which is supposed to represent all veterans of all faiths), have Terri K. Wonder a rightwing religious neocon, with an agenda that is far from representative of the mainstream, on the panel. For her to characterize Islam as a faith of lies and deception demonstrates her own religious bigotry. The addition of Thomas A. Trento– Director of the Florida Security Council (another extreme right wing organization), only cemented this as a one sided unrepresentative jingoistic presentation. There are Serving Military and Veterans of all faiths ( yes Christians Jews and Muslims to name a few), sexual orientation, and all political persuasions -republican and democrat. And lets not forget the Constitution! I am sick of allegiance to our country and its ideals being high jacked by the extreme right, suggesting that unless a person is a right wing Christian they are disloyal. I am as proud of our country as anyone and would like anyone else defend it against terrorism, however not every Muslim is out to get us, and Christianity isnt the only good faith. Indeed our country is defined by its freedoms, democracy, tolerance and yes separation of church & state. The Veterans Commission should tread a middle path not reflect the views of a minority on either side, its a disservice to Veterans of all Faiths and political persuasion. Mind you having read the right wing religious postings of Dr. Richard M. Swier on the Sarasota Conservative Blog, I have no faith in the Sarasota Veterans Commission becoming truly representative.

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