Posted: November 24, 2003
The Southeast Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League, in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, and the American Jewish Committee, sponsored a conference on suicide terrorism on November 14, 2003, in Atlanta. The purpose of the conference, entitled The Moral Infrastructure of Chief Perpetrators of Suicidal Terrorism, was to educate nearly 250 law enforcement officers on the terrorist mindset and the implications for protecting the Georgia public.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Anat Berko, a member of Israel's Council for National Security and an expert on the criminal and moral aspects of the handlers of suicide terrorists.
Dr. Robert Friedmann, Director of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), moderated a panel discussion focused on the implications of international terrorism for local law enforcement and preparations for counter-terrorism in Georgia. Panelists included Mark Guiliano, Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI; Robert Hardin, Inspector for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC); and Russell Andrews, Special Agent in Charge, GBI. Bob Hitchens, Director of the Georgia Homeland Security Office, also attended the conference.
"Not only was the partnership between ADL and law enforcement strengthened by this conference," said Deborah Lauter, ADL Southeast Regional Director, "but it provided a much-needed opportunity for the various local, state and federal agencies to communicate and coordinate information on this critical topic. Participants heard an excellent briefing on what Israel is doing to understand and fight suicide terrorism, and they received specific information on how to prepare our local communities to respond in the event of future attacks on American soil."