"The Next Wave" Book Talk with Catherine Herridge


On Thursday, September 8, 2011, the Homeland Security Policy Institute hosted a Policy & Research Forum Event featuring Fox News National Correspondent, Catherine Herridge, author of the book "The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda's American Recruits," a comprehensive look at the evolving homegrown terrorist threat within our borders.

Featured Speaker:

Catherine Herridge, Author, The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda's American Recruits

From Guantánamo to Afghanistan, Fox News national correspondent Catherine Herridge has looked the world’s worst terrorists in the face. A “reporter’s reporter,” she and her investigative team spent years scouring the United States and the world to uncover the shocking secrets of the next wave.

Moderated By:

Frank J. Cilluffo, Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute

Frank J. Cilluffo, an Associate Vice President at The George Washington University leads GW's homeland security efforts on policy, research, education, and training. Cilluffo directs the multi-disciplinary Homeland Security Policy Institute, a nonpartisan “think and do tank” that builds bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through a multi and interdisciplinary approach.

About "The Next Wave"

TERROR WALKS AMONG US. Born here, raised here, plotting here, the terrorists of al Qaeda 2.0 aim to kill Americans. And our government helps. Who are the recruits for the next wave? They live next door. A radicalized army major guns down forty-five, killing twelve soldiers and one civilian; an airport shuttle-bus driver plots a subway slaughter; a legal immigrant tries to blow up Times Square while another fanatic hopes to kill hundreds at a Christmas tree–lighting ceremony . . . and a radical Muslim born in New Mexico has a legion of fanatics in his web.

The Next Wave reveals the shocking story of how that blood-crazed American, Anwar al-Awlaki—until recently hiding in Yemen—was treated to Pentagon pomp as a “moderate Muslim,” and how our Justice Department hid his movements from the 9/11 Commission . . . even though al-Awlaki aided the 9/11 hijackers.

The terrorists next door turn our tech against us, exploiting Facebook, Skype, and our outdated laws. Online terror recruiters are one of the Web’s greatest success stories—yet our government refuses to stop them. Activists howl about “inhuman” conditions at Guantánamo—while pampered inmates laugh at our weaknesses.
The next wave of deadly terror is here and now. Washington shuts its eyes. And the next massacre in the name of Islam will be “Made in the U.S.A.”


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About HSPI's Policy & Research Forum Series

HSPI's Policy & Research Forum Series spotlights cutting-edge security policy solutions and innovative research. The Series is designed to provide thought leaders in the United States and abroad with a uniquely constructive venue in which to discuss current and future security issues and challenges.