Best-Selling Author to Discuss Intelligence Community After 9/11


Bamford's new book examines the intelligence community – and how the Bush Administration abused it – from the attacks of September 11 to the war in Iraq.  Time magazine said that the national bestseller “is probably the best one-volume companion to the harrowing events in the war on terrorism since 1996.”  The New York Times reviewer said that “Bamford … connects the many dots, both old and new, to create a vivid, unsettling narrative.”  The Washington Post listed the book as one of “The Best of 2004” and in a cover review said: “Bamford does a superb job of laying out and tying together threads of the September 11 intelligence failures and their ongoing aftermath.” 

Bamford majored in Government at Suffolk University's College of Arts & Sciences and earned his JD from Suffolk University Law School. He was the Washington Investigative Producer on ABC News, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings from 1989 to 1998.  He was responsible for long-term, in-depth investigative stories from concept to final airing, as well as producing live and taped stories from such locations as Hanoi, Moscow, Kuwait and Jerusalem to name a few. 

He is a distinguished visiting professor of National Security at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkley, and the author of Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultrasecret NSA, From the Cold War to the Dawn of a New Century and The Puzzle Palace: A Report on NSA, America's Most Secret Intelligence Agency. 

Bamford has testified as an intelligence expert before both Senate and House committees, as well as the European Parliament in Brussels and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.  He has lectured at the CIA's Senior Intelligence Fellows Program, the NSA's National Cryptologic School, the Defense Intelligence Agency's Joint Military Intelligence College and the Pentagon's National Defense University.  He has acted as a consultant for the U.S. State and Justice departments and appeared as an intelligence expert on ABC's Nightline, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer and Fox News. 

Bamford will be available for book signings after his presentation.  A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies  will be available in the Suffolk Bookstore. 

The C. Walsh Theatre is at 55 Temple St. in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood.



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