The Catholic University of America

Sept. 8, 2006

Experts on 9/11 Anniversary and Terrorism Available at CUA

Experts at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. CUA experts also can discuss homeland security, the war on terrorism and the psychological effects of living in a post-Sept. 11 world. For help in reaching sources, contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee at 202-319-5600.

  • TERRORISTS AND AL-QAEDA - Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of international relations, studies non-state, transnational threats and terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and what citizens can do about such threats. She has written two books on the topic: "Beyond Sovereignty" and "Morality Matters: Ethics of the War on Terrorism." For the past several years she has been traveling around the world giving speeches and conference talks warning of transnational threats like terrorism and addressing the ability of the present U.S. government structures to deal with such threats. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and teaches in the Pentagon as part of CUA's graduate program there.

    Cusimano Love can be reached at 301-855-0135 (home) or by e-mail:

  • FEAR OF TERRORISM - Cathleen Gray, associate professor of social work, can discuss ways people have coped with their fear and anxiety stemming from heightened security alerts. Professor Gray has a private practice focusing on families and women's issues and has provided media commentary on mental health issues, including fallout from Sept. 11, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Columbine school shootings.

    Gray can be reached at 202-537-5922 or 202-319-5458 or by e-mail:

  • TERRORISM AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP - Phillip Henderson, associate professor of politics who has closely followed the 9/11 Commission investigation, is currently working on a book titled "Groupthink Revisited: From the Bay of Pigs and Vietnam to 9/11 and Iraq." The book focuses on the Bush administration's decisionmaking, which was dominated by an inner group predisposed to intervene militarily in Iraq even before the attacks of 9/11, says Henderson. He is the author of an article titled "Intelligence Failures of 9/11: What the Lessons of History Show," in which he compares the 2001 attacks to the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. Also an expert on political leadership, Henderson has published articles and delivered lectures on national security policymaking.

    Henderson can be reached at 202-319-6226 (office) or by e-mail:
  • COUNTER-TERRORISM AND THE LAW - Antonio F. Perez, professor at CUA's Columbus School of Law, can discuss a broad range of international legal issues, including extradition; use of force; use of covert (C.I.A. and military) authority; domestic, constitutional and foreign relations issues; and sanctions (economic and otherwise). He worked on law enforcement and intelligence issues, including counter-terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in the U.S. State Department's legal adviser's office. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States.

    Perez can be reached at 202-319-5820 (office) or 703-850-5764 (mobile) or by e-mail:

  • U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY - Wallace Thies, professor of politics, specializes in U.S. national security policy, with an interest in terrorism. He is available to discuss connections between the war on terrorism, the unrest in Iraq and the potential for greater terrorist activity here and abroad as a result of both. He is the author of two books - one on the conduct of the Vietnam War and the other on NATO - as well as about 20 articles on various topics related to military strategy and national security issues.

    Thies can be reached at 301-774-1264 (home) or by e-mail:

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,