Michael Hurley, a former CIA officer and co-author of The 9/11 Commission Report who spent seven years on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, will share his perspective on the current terrorism threats facing America when he speaks at the University of St. Thomas School of Law this month.

Michael Hurley

Michael Hurley

Hurley will present “Terrorism in America: What are the Current Threats, and is the U.S. Government Doing Enough to Defend Us?” from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Schulze Grand Atrium of the school’s downtown Minneapolis campus. The event is sponsored by the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, and is free and open to the public.

Hurley was on year 18 of his 25-year career with the CIA when terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. He spent the next seven years of his CIA career on “the hunt” – searching for bin Laden during three tours of duty in Afghanistan, as director of counterterrorism policy for the 9/11 Commission and co-author of The 9/11 Commission Report, and later through his work for the State Department.

A native of Edina, Hurley began his legal career as a trial attorney in Minneapolis. He has served as a leader on the ground in U.S. interventions in the conflicts in Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo, and has twice served on the National Security Council staff at the White House, where he was director for the Balkans and a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton. He was a counterterrorism adviser to former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and philanthropist Ted Turner for their Nuclear Threat Initiative. Today he is president of the consulting firm Team 3i, and lectures on national security and counterterrorism strategy around the world.

Attendees may earn 1.5 hours of continuing legal education credit. A reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation. Register online here.

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