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The Endowment for Middle East Truth’s 5th Annual “September 11th Saudi Infiltration Seminar”

September 20, 2011 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Ever since EMET’s inception, we’ve held an annual 9/11 Memorial seminar, dedicated to the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives that fateful day. Since 15 of the 19 of the terrorists who hijacked the planes were Saudi Nationals, we have always viewed this date as an important opportunity to examine Saudi Arabia, and its duplicitous role as a “so-called” moderate Arab ally of the West as it simultaneously exports Wahabbism and exports global terrorism.

Because this marks the tenth Anniversary we are honored to invite Debra Burlingame as our keynote speaker. Debra is the sister of Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame, III, pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  She is the co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America and a director of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation at the World Trade Center.


Debra BurlingameDebra Burlingame-  Debra Burlingame is the co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America and a director of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation at the World Trade Center. She has published featured articles for the Wall Street Journal and other publications on national security issues, including the Patriot Act, the National Security Agency terrorist surveillance program, al Qaeda and the Saddam Hussein regime, the 9/11 Commission, aviation security and the Guantanamo detainees. She has testified before the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on terrorism-related issues and works with the Center for Security Policy as an advocate for its Divest Terror program aimed at Iran, Syria, Sudan and North Korea. Ms. Burlingame has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Fox’s O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, Your World with Neil Cavuto and Hannity & Colmes, CNN’s Larry King Live and Paula Zahn Now and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Rachel Ehrenfeld: Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld-Dr. Ehrenfeld is the Director of the New York-–based American Center for Democracy (ACD)  and the Economic Warfare Institute(EWI) Center for the Study of Corruption & and the Rule of Law. She has is the authored hundreds of articles and of several books on terrorists financing and political corruption.

Frank Gaffney: Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gaffney is the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Policy (1987) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy (1983–1987).

Deborah Weiss: Deborah Weiss Esq. is an adjunct scholar for the Endowment for Middle East Truth, and works for Vigilance inc., an organization dedicated to educating the public on national security and terrorism related issues. Ms. Weiss is a speaker and contributor to numerous publications on the subject of radical Islam, free speech and various United Nations resolutions. Ms. Weiss is a 9/11 survivor.

James Lafferty: James Lafferty is the former director of the Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under President George H. W. Bush. During his time with the EEOC. Mr. Lafferty experienced first-hand the role of Saudi-funded radical teaching in educational institutions like the Islamic Saudi Academy.  Mr. Lafferty is now the head of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) and a member of the board of Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA).

Kyle Shideler: Kyle Shideler is the senior research fellow at the Endowment for Middle East Truth. He has worked as a researcher, public relations officer, and blogger for several nonprofit organizations concerned with the rise of radical Islam, counter terrorism, and Mideast foreign policy. His work has been published in National Security Policy Proceedings quarterly journal and InFocus the quarterly journal of the Jewish Policy Center.

Sarah Stern: Sarah Stern is the founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, a think tank and policy center based in Washington DC. Prior to that she served as director of legislative and governmental affairs for the American Jewish Congress, and prior to that she was the national policy coordinator of the Zionist Organization of America. She routinely briefs House and Senate staffers on issues of concern regarding Israel and the Middle East, and has been published in a wide variety of publications on Middle East foreign policy issues, including The New Republic, Commentary, The Middle East Quarterly, National Security Policy Proceedings, InFocus, Front Page Mag.com, the Jerusalem Post and the Washington Jewish Week.  She is the editor and contributing author of Saudi Arabia and Global Terrorism: America and the West’s Fatal Embrace (Palgrave MacMillan), due out later this year. Sarah had been responsible for two issues having to do with the Saudi infiltration into our nation’s campuses: Changes in the Higher Education Act,(Successor to the National Defense Education Act, NDEA) which calls on universities which have gotten federal funding to demonstrate that that they are incorporating changes in their curricula to make efforts towards presenting a diversity of perspectives, and changes in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act which renders Jewish students a “Protected Minority “ on college campuses.






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September 20, 2011
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM



United States Capitol
Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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