9/11 Speakers Series provides lesson on understading a relentless enemy - al Qaeda

9/11 Speakers Series provides lesson on understading a relentless enemy - al Qaeda

CBS's 60 minutes recently had a report on homegrown terrorists, American citizens like the recent "would-be Times Square bomber, who have traveled abroad for terrorist training in order to attack  America or its allies."

Recruiting sympathizers is just one page in al Qaeda's war strategy. Learn about other plans and the history and ideology of the terrorist group from counterterrorism expert Bill Braniff, the director of external education at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center.  Braniff is giving a presentation tomorrow, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. as part of the 9/11, Today and Tomorrow speakers series at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey St.  RSVP now for this event.

Braniff conducts cutting-edge research in counterterrorism and trains law enforcement agencies. His expertise helps U.S. officials combat terrorism with a deeper understanding of how al Qaeda operates.

The speakers series events are being filmed in HD for THIRTEEN Forum. The programs are available online the following week for streaming or podcasting at http://www.thirteen.org/forum/. The debut event in March featured touching 9/11 audio recordings from StoryCorps. If you missed the debut, watch it and other programs here or at WNET.ORG.

Video of Braniff's lecture will be available through THIRTEEN Forum on May 26.

By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial