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Patriot Act author Michael Chertoff to speak in Wellesley

Posted by Sarah Thomas  October 1, 2010 11:24 AM

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Michael Chertoff, former Director of Homeland Security and an author of the Patriot Act, will present a lecture Tuesday on the future of national security at Wellesley College.

The lecture will take place in the Tishman Commons at the Wang Campus Center on Tuesday, October 5 at 4:15 p.m., according to a press release. The event is free and open to the public.

"Having been the director of homeland security, he has perspective on these issues,” said Wellesley sociology professor Jonathan Imber. Imber is a former college roommate and old friend of Chertoff, and invited Chertoff to speak at the school. “He’s been talking a lot in the media about whether it’s reasonable or feasible that we can absolutely secure the borders, absolutely prevent terrorism."

During the lecture, Chertoff will discuss emerging security issues, including those posed by advanced technology. “To stay ahead of these we have to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers,” he said. He has appeared on television shows like CNN's "State of the Union," where he discussed the challenges of crafting a security strategy that addresses pervasive global threats.

"The enemy adapts as we adapt, and that's an ongoing process,” Chertoff told CNN. “So what people are seeing now is, it's no longer just South Asia, where we were focused on over the last several years. It's Yemen. It's Somalia. It's now North Africa. And that's alarming to people."

Chertoff served as director of Homeland Security from 2005-2009. Prior to that, he was a federal prosecutor, and conducted investigations into 9/11 and Enron with the Justice Department.

Sarah Thomas can be reached at sarah.m.thomas@gmail.com.

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