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Federal Law Enforcement Talk Counter Terrorism at CJ Roundtable

April 14, 2011

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Members of federal law enforcement agencies spoke about war on terrorism efforts in the United States and abroad as part of Lasell's annual Criminal Justice Roundtable event Wednesday night.

The talk, which took place in deWitt Hall on April 13, included information about terrorist attacks, how agencies attempt to uncover those attacks and revealed information about how terrorists communicate.

Members of the roundtable included: Carmen Ortiz, US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts; Richard Deslauriers, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Boston Field Office; Steven Ricciardi, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service, Boston Field Office; Jim Ennis Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office; Matt Addington, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, and Gene Marquez, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Office.

In the audience were students from Lasell College and Brockton High School as well as ROTC cadets from the University of Southern Maine. Lasell faculty and staff also attended.

Opening speaker US Attorney Carmen Ortiz began by providing an overview of previous terrorist attacks worldwide and explained to the audience the differences between domestic vs. international terrorism.

FBI Special Agent Richard Deslauriers, discussed homegrown terrorism and the Cambridge arrest of two Russian spies last year. He also raised the difficulty of profiling homegrown terrorists.

"There is no typical profile of a homegrown terrorist," he explained, adding that the internet has become a primary platform for terrorists, radical extremists and those who have not yet acted out.

Other topics raised during the round table included the roles played by the Secret Service, the risks of working in counter terrorism and drug enforcement and how the State Department supports the overall war on terror.

 

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