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March 31, 2009

U.S. national security expert Loch Johnson to lecture at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Loch Johnson, a Phi Beta Kappa scholar and an expert in U.S. national security, will lecture as a visiting professor at Birmingham-Southern College April 7 in the Norton Campus Center Theatre at 11 a.m. His lecture, titled “The 9/11 Attacks, Iraqi WMDS, and the Decline and Fall of the CIA,” is open to the public, free of charge.

Johnson, who is the Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, is the recipient of the university's Meigs Prize for outstanding teaching as well as the Owens Award for research in the social sciences. He is senior editor of the international journal “Intelligence and National Security” and has written more than 150 articles and numerous books on U.S. national security. He has served as secretary of the American Political Science Association and as president of the International Studies Association, South.

The topic of his speech addresses what he describes as the two greatest failures of the American intelligence since Pearl Harbor, which was the inability to warn the nation of the impending Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks against New York City and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. His lecture explores how these failures occurred and the consequences for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Using the theoretical construct of an “intelligence cycle,” the lecture explores the many shortcomings in American intelligence that allowed the 9/11 surprise attacks and the faulty prognosis about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq a year later.

Johnson will visit the BSC campus from April 5-8 as a guest professor.

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