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9/11 Memorial Seminar & Lessons Learned

September 10, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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EMET is Pleased to Invite You to a Seminar:


 Michael Pregent         The Honorable Peter Hoekstra     Emilio Dabul

9/11 Memorial Seminar & Lessons Learned 

Thursday September 10, 2015

9:00 AM-10:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Rayburn House Office Building
Room B338 

RSVP to: lschneider@emetonline.org
Please Include Subject Line: “9/11 Memorial Seminar”

Breakfast to be served. Dietary laws observed.

On the fourteenth anniversary of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the United States and the Western world face the same threat by genocidal Islamic terrorists that were responsible for the death of the nearly 3,000 Americans on U.S. soil.
“The jihadist threat in the U.S. homeland is high and has escalated dramatically this year,” according to the September 2015 Terror Threat Snapshot produced by the House Committee on Homeland Security Majority staff. “There have been more U.S.-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11,” the document also says.
While many people are beginning to believe the Saudis are our moderate allies, it is important to keep in mind that it is still Saudi Wahabbism that has funded a great deal of extremists mosques around the world that breed Islamists and terrorists. Indeed, ISIS, or the so called Islamic State, is an offshoot of Saudi Wahhabism.  ISIS, has brutally murdered thousands of innocent civilians, and has extended its reach into Iraq, Syria, the Sinai Peninsula, and Libya. More than 20,000 foreigners have flocked to join the ranks of ISIS, including thousands from the Western world.
And as the US Congress prepares for a vote on the Iranian nuclear deal, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, continues to vow to defeat America, the “Great Satan,” and annihilate the State of Israel, the “Little Satan.”
A recent government report states that Iran spends billions of dollars to pay the salaries of terrorists fighting in the Middle East, including Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.  Iran’s terrorist proxy Hezbollah has been responsible for the deaths of more Americans than other terrorist organization prior to 9/11. Iran continues to provide Hezbollah with $100-200 million per year, a figure that will certainly increase with the current Iranian nuclear deal.
What are the critical lessons that the U.S. should take from the 9/11 attacks? What should the United States do to safeguard our homeland and prevent future attacks on U.S. soil? And how can the U.S. limit the influence of Wahhabism and curb Iranian terrorism to protect not only our allies in the Middle East, but the people of the United States of America?
Please join us as we explore these questions and more with national security experts, while commemorating the lives of the nearly 3,000 Americans taken 14 years ago.
Michael P. Pregent is executive director of Veterans Against the Deal, a new group formed to oppose the Iran deal.  Pregent served for 20 years in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions as a Middle East intelligence officer, and seven years in the Defense Intelligence Agency as an expert on Iranian influence in Iraq. Pregent has served in three wars: the first Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq.  In 2001 Pregent was a counter-insurgency intelligence officer at CENTCOM. From 2002-2003 he was a company commander in Afghanistan. From 2005-2006, he was embedded with the Peshmerga in Mosul, Iraq. From 2007-2010 he was based at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad working on Iranian malign influence in Iraq for Generals Odierno and Petraeus, and serving as an advisor to Iraq’s security and intelligence services. From 2011-2013 he was an extremism and foreign fighter analyst at CENTCOM.  Pregent holds a Masters in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Defense Language Institute in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Dialect.  He has written for Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, the Long War Journal, Daily Beast, CNN, and Business Insider, and has appeared on the BBC, CNN, and Fox News.
The Honorable Peter Hoekstra stands among the few former U.S. Congressmen with experience as a Fortune 500 business executive. Pete brings a unique blend of expertise and perspective to the intersection of global markets and public policy. His specialties include national security, international relations, countering global Islamist terror and cyber security. Pete is active in a number of areas. He serves as the Shillman Senior Fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), the world’s most comprehensive data center on radical Islamist terror. Pete also serves on the Board of Directors of Gentex, Inc. and West Michigan Community Bank, as well as the Advisory Boards of Newsmax Media, Inc. and TransCertain.  Pete served in Congress for 18 years, representing Michigan’s Second Congressional District from 1993 to 2011. Prior to his election, he worked for 15 years at office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc., where he rose through the ranks to become Vice President of Marketing.  Congressional leadership appointed Pete as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2004 through January 2007, and as the top Republican on the Committee until January 2011. He was responsible for leading Congressional oversight of U.S. Intelligence during its modernization to confront the threats of the 21st Century such as global Islamist terror and cyber warfare, including restructuring the intelligence community with landmark legislation following the 9-11 Commission report.
Emilio Dabul’s cultural background and life experience make him uniquely suited to be a commentator on Middle East issues and culture. He is of Syrian heritage on his father’s side, English and Irish on his mother’s. His religious upbringing included the basic tenets of Islam as well as Christianity. This was the beginning of his journey into the varieties of religious and political experience, which continues up to the present day. His wife, who is Jewish, has family in Israel and a cousin who is a female rabbi in Jerusalem. Across the border in Damascus, Dabul has an uncle who was an assistant to the first President Assad.  Dabul’s opinion pieces have appeared in various national newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, the New York Daily News, and have confronted Islamist terrorists and addressed the need for true dialogue on a host of Middle East related issues. He runs his own PR firm and has media trained many clients as well as appeared many times himself on national radio and TV broadcasts.
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September 10, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM



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