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Learn About S.J. Native who Warned U.S. About Bin Laden Years Before 9/11


Camden County College will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States with a program focusing on John O’Neill, an Atlantic City native and Federal Bureau of Investigation counterterrorism expert who recognized Osama bin Laden as a threat long before other federal authorities did.


At 7 p.m. Sept. 8, the College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility will present award-winning investigative journalist, columnist and editor Murray Weiss discussing his book The Man Who Warned America. Weiss’s book tells the story of O’Neill, who was widely regarded as one of the government’s foremost authorities on Middle Eastern politics and terrorism.


O’Neill spent nearly a decade investigating bombings orchestrated by religious extremists. He had recently left the FBI and was just a few weeks into his new job as head of security at the World Trade Center when he was killed in the 9/11 attacks.


Weiss’s talk will be preceded by a moment of reflection led by Camden County College President Raymond Yannuzzi. Both will take place in Civic Hall, which is inside the Connector Building on the College’s Blackwood Campus. The campus is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.


The event is free and open to the public. Center officials recommend the presentation as a development opportunity for area educators as it will help teachers in translating a historical event into a teachable moment for students of any age. New Jersey professional development credit is available.


For additional information or to attend, contact the Civic Leadership and Responsibility by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or via e-mail at

Published: September 07, 2011