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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 IntelNews.org.
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
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 intelNews.org, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 423.652.4835, or contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis,
instructor in political science at email@example.com 423.742.1627.