Mason Sponsors Chertoff Conversation on Terrorism

Posted: August 22, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Michael Chertoff
Michael Chertoff

As the nation prepares to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will sit down with George Mason professor and veteran journalist Frank Sesno on Sept. 9 in a rare public forum in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ongoing battle of safeguarding America against terrorism.

Sponsored by the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (CIP Program) at George Mason’s School of Law, “A Conversation with Michael Chertoff: Making America Safer Four Years after 9/11” will take place in the ballroom of the National Press Club.

Chertoff, who became secretary in February 2005, will discuss the nature of the terrorist threat; the priorities in homeland security; and the challenges in the fight against terrorism. Chertoff will also take questions from the audience of invited guests.

The newsmaker event is the fifth in a series of critical conversations on the nation’s post-Sept.11 preparedness and how to better protect America’s critical infrastructures. Past CIP Program panels have examined issues concerning America’s vulnerability to a major cyber terrorist attack; the balancing act between the free-flow of commerce against ever-tightening security of U.S. ports; the role of government and industry in the nation’s homeland security; and the state of America’s power industry and homeland security.

The CIP Program works in conjunction with James Madison University and seeks to fully integrate the disciplines of law, policy and technology for enhancing the security of cyber-networks, physical systems and economic processes supporting the nation’s critical infrastructures. Directed by John McCarthy, a faculty member at the School of Law, the CIP Program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Sesno is a professor of public policy and communication and senior fellow with the CIP Program. He is also a special correspondent with CNN. He was the host of the WETA/George Mason series Sesno Reports, which examined the most pressing public issues in the national capital region and the nation. Prior to joining George Mason, Sesno was Washington bureau chief for CNN and executive producer of the highly acclaimed PBS series on weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, Avoiding Armageddon.

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