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Visiting professor at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy to highlight pre-Sept. 11 intelligence failures
07 February 2002

By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations

James Bamford
James Bamford, visiting professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy

Berkeley - James Bamford, an authority on the nation's top security agency and a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on campus Monday, Feb. 11, about intelligence failures that contributed to the Sept. 11 attack on the United States. The talk is open to the public.

Bamford, the author of best sellers about the National Security Agency, will discuss why the nation lost its ability to eavesdrop on Osama Bin Laden and why it couldn't keep track of the Al-Qaida leader. Other questions he will address include why the CIA has never been able to penetrate Al-Qaida, and how prepared the U.S. intelligence community is to fight today's war on terrorism.

His lecture will take place from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Sibley Auditorium of the Bechtel Center on the campus's northeast side.

Bamford is teaching a course at UC Berkeley's Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy this spring about information technology, national security and public policy.

He also is working on a book on the subject and is the author of "The Puzzle Palace" (1982) and "Body of Secrets," (2001) two national bestsellers about the National Security Agency, the country's largest and most secret intelligence agency.

Bamford is an expert on information technology, national security and public policy. He was a Washington investigative producer for ABC's "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" in Washington, D.C., for nine years. He has written investigative cover stories for The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, and Los Angeles Times Magazine.


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