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King University News :: King Hosts Two-Day Event Marking Ten-Year Anniversary of 9/11

King College's Department of History and Political Science is commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States with a two-day event titled Ten Years Later: American Security After 9/11. Speakers will explore whether America is safer today, a decade after the biggest terrorist attacks on US soil in modern times. Event Lecturers include Charles S. Faddis, retired Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Counterterrorism Unit, and Joseph Fitsanakis, instructor in political science for King College, senior editor for

A CIA operations officer for 20 years, Charles Sam Faddis retired in 2008, last serving as Chief of CIA's WMD Counterterrorism Unit. Previously he served in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. In his most recent overseas tour, Faddis served as CIA Chief of Station in a Middle Eastern country. In 2002, Faddis led the first covert CIA team into Iraq prior to the Gulf War, as related in his book Operation Hotel California. A former Assistant Attorney General for Washington State, Faddis also served as an officer in the U.S. Army (Captain, Armor, and J.A.G. Corps).

Faddis has also authored and co-authored several books. His first novel, Codename Aphrodite, was based on his own experiences as a counterterrorist operative. His other works include Willful Neglect, a street-level look at homeland security ten years after 9/11; Beyond Repair, an examination of the state of the CIA; and Operation Hotel California, an account of the actions of Faddis' team inside Iraq in 2002 and 2003.

Faddis received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University. Currently, he divides his time between consulting and writing.

Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis has been writing and teaching on espionage and intelligence for nearly 15 years. In addition to serving as senior editor at, Dr. Fitsanakis also teaches courses in security and intelligence, international terrorism, espionage history, covert action, and geopolitics, among others for King College's Department of History and Political Science.

Dr. Fitsanakis has authored two books in Greek, Media Power, and Subversive Technologies: From Video-Revolution to Digital Democracy. Among several publications in English, he has authored the first-ever scholarly history of the National Security Agency (NSA), which was published in the book History of Information Security in 2006.

Dr. Fitsanakis has also authored numerous articles on international espionage, national security, terrorism, and cyberwarfare. His work has been referenced in Studies in Intelligence, the journal of the CIA, Washington Post, Boston Herald, Wired, Le Monde Diplomatique (France), Agencia EFE (Spain), The Guardian (UK), Inter Press Service (Italy), and the Australian National Radio, among other outlets.

Dr. Fitsanakis received his Bachelor of Arts from the Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, and his Master of Science and PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

Charles Faddis will present Unfinished Business: Fixing Human Intelligence After 9/11 in King College's Memorial Chapel on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis will present Are We Safer, Ten Years After 9/11? on Monday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in King's Memorial Chapel. Both events are open to the public and free to attend.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Martin H. Dotterweich, associate professor of history at or 423.652.4835, or contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, instructor in political science at 423.742.1627.