CAS Holds Terrorism Briefing on Capitol Hill

Posted: October 16, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Friday, October 12, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) hosted a legislative briefing on terrorism, bioterrorism, and extremist movements on Capitol Hill. The briefing provided legislators and their staffs with comprehensive background information on Islam, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, bioterrorism, and information security.

Ken Alibek, affiliate faculty member at George Mason and president of Advanced Biosytems Inc., addressed chemical and biological warfare issues. Alibek served as first deputy chief of defense of the civilian branch of the Soviet Union’s offensive biological weapons program. He has been called upon to brief Vice President Dick Cheney and other cabinet officials.

Maria Dakake, Philosophy and Religious Studies, provided background on Islam and Islamic History. Peter Mandaville, Public and International Affairs (PIA), addressed al-Qaeda and the Taliban Organization. Priscilla Regan, PIA, discussed issues of balancing information security and privacy.

“We are pleased to be able to provide members of Congress and their staffs with the best possible information during this time of great national need,” says Daniele Struppa, dean of CAS. “With our proximity to Washington, it is imperative that we make ourselves available to advise where we have particular expertise.”

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