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For Immediate Release:  
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September 19, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Office of Counter-Terrorism
- Sidney J. Caspersen, Director


Roger Shatzkin


Media Advisory
Office of Counter-Terrorism Hosts 3rd Annual Conference

TRENTON — The New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) will host its 3rd annual counter-terrorism conference on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Entitled “The Threat Spectrum,” the conference is designed to help prepare law enforcement officials to detect, deter and respond to terrorist threats.

Reporters are invited to attend the opening session from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, for introductions and welcoming remarks. This will be followed by a press availability with state and federal officials and a number of the seminar’s key panelists from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., in the War Memorial’s Turning Point Room.

The remainder of the day’s presentations will include law enforcement sensitive information and will be closed to the media.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

  • Introduction and Welcoming Remarks — Patriots Theater
  • Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
  • Sidney J. Caspersen, Director, New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism
  • Leslie Wiser, Special Agent in Charge FBI-Newark

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

  • Media Availability, Q & A — The Turning Point Room
    Attorney General Harvey, Director Caspersen and SAC Wiser will be joined by:
    • Marc Sageman, M.D., Ph.D., author of Understanding Terror Networks, former CIA agent and current forensic psychiatrist
    • Margeret Nydell, Ph.D., professor of Arabic at Georgetown University, expert on Arab culture and author of Understanding Arabs
    • William M. Connolly, Director, Division of Codes and Standards, NJ Division of Community Affairs, expert on collapse of the World Trade Center towers
    • Charles M. Grinnell, OCT Senior DAG, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, expert on Iraqi insurgency and its lessons for counter-terrorism efforts

One of OCT’s chief missions is to ensure that New Jersey law enforcement officers are equipped with the necessary training and information about terrorism to prevent, detect and deter potential terrorist activity. To date the office has trained approximately 17,500 law enforcement officers from local, county, state and federal agencies.


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