‘Overcoming the New Reality of Terror’ after 9/11 focus of Gardens talk

FBI assistant special agent in charge, Michael D'Alonzo, speaks at press conference announcing arrest in arson case at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. Press conference was held at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in Fort Pierce, Florida on September 14, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

FBI assistant special agent in charge, Michael D’Alonzo, speaks at press conference announcing arrest in arson case at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. Press conference was held at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Pierce, Florida on September 14, 2016. D’Alonzo is one of the speakers at the “Overcoming the New Reality of Terror” event Wednesday at the Mandel JCC. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

When the bad guys make bombs out of pressure cookers, pipes and Christmas lights, how can they be stopped?

“Overcoming the New Reality of Terror” 15 years after 9/11 will be the subject of a 7:30 p.m. Wednesday talk that features a local FBI agent and two other experts. The free event is at the Mandel JCC, 5221 Hood Road, in Palm Beach Gardens.

The discussion comes a little more than a week after a bomb exploded in the Chelsea area of Manhattan and police found another undetonated bomb a few blocks away. It also follows the explosion of a pipe bomb near the route of a 5K run in New Jersey that weekend.

The FBI agent and two policy experts will elaborate on how terrorist organizations are tracked and financed and how terrorism affects the U.S., South Florida and the world. The speakers are:

Katherine Bauer, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Bauer is a former Treasury official who served for several months as senior policy adviser for Iran in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. She’s also served as the financial attaché for the Gulf, representing the department in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Robert Friedmann, Director of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange

Friedmann is also professor emeritus of criminal justice at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He was the distinguished chair of public safety partnerships from 2007 to 2010 and served as the chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Georgia State University.

Michael D’Alonzo, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Miami

D’Alonzo is responsible for all counter-terrorism and criminal investigations in Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, Homestead and Key West agencies. He is also responsible for the resident agency branch that includes special operations and air support.

Bios are from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Jewish Community Relations Council, the host of the event. To RSVP, call 561-242-6671 or visit http://jewishpalmbeach.org/events/rsvp/newreality.

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