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Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Former intelligence officers to discuss terrorism response

April 1, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Former U.S. and Canadian intelligence officers will share their views of government responses to terrorism since 2001 on Saturday, April 5, at Indiana University.

The program, titled "How Has the September 11 Terrorist Attack Changed America?" is sponsored by the Hutton Honors College and by IU's Center on American and Global Security. It will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Georgian Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. in Bloomington, and is free and open to the public.

Speakers will include Michael F. Scheuer, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer and the author of the bestseller Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror; and Alan A. McIvor, who spent 30 years with Canadian intelligence services.

Gene Coyle, a retired CIA officer and adjunct faculty member at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, will moderate the discussion, a keynote event associated with the Hutton Honors College's Research Symposium and Fair.

Scheuer, the former head of the CIA's bin Laden Unit, left the agency in November 2004 after two decades of experience in covert action and national security issues related to Afghanistan, South Asia and the Middle East. His books Imperial Hubris and Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam and the Future of America were published anonymously, as required by the CIA. His most recent book is Marching Towards Hell: America and Islam After Iraq.

His writings have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and he has been featured on "Meet the Press," "Nightline," "60 Minutes," and other TV news programs in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. He is an adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University, a consultant for CBS' "60 Minutes" and a senior fellow and regular contributor to the Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Focus.

McIvor retired in 2007 after a career that included seven years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service Division and 23 years with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He spent a total of nine years with the Counter Terrorism Branch in CSIS Headquarters and nine years over two postings with the CSIS Liaison Office in Washington, D.C., including serving from 2003 to 2007 in charge of offices in Washington, D.C., and New York.