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Last modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007

FBI agent to speak at SPEA on domestic terrorism

Nov. 1, 2007

Bloomington, Ind. -- Robert Springer, special agent with the Indianapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will speak about domestic terrorism Tuesday (Nov. 6) at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington.

Springer will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the SPEA Atrium on "Terrorism, Civil Liberties and Mediation: A Delicate Balance." He will discuss recent investigations of eco-terrorism and agri-terrorism and techniques the FBI uses to mediate conflict and investigate crimes while preserving civil liberties.

He will give an overview of potential conflicts related to the construction of an Interstate 69 extension through southwestern Indiana. And he will discuss career opportunities at the FBI for students who can put to use training in policy and environmental sciences.

Springer is assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Indianapolis field office of the FBI, where he investigates domestic terrorism matters. His talk, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Environmental Management Association, a student organization at SPEA.

He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, and earned a J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University. He worked in Cleveland as a probation officer and a staff attorney for a judge before joining the FBI three years ago.

Springer will be available to speak with news media before his talk. Reporters may contact Jana Wilson at or 812-856-5490 or Steve Hinnefeld at or 812-856-3488 to make arrangements to speak with him.