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CIA 'Sisterhood' Members Discussing Role in Hunt for Bin Laden, Al-Qaida


A panel of former CIA analysts who were members of the agency's “Sisterhood” profiled in the HBO documentary “Manhunt” will lead the discussion “In Search of Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaida” at Camden County College at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29.

The panel consists of Nada Bakos, Cynthia Storer and Barbara Sude. They will describe their roles and that of the CIA in the tracking of Bin Laden and al-Qaida throughout the Middle East.

“The Sisterhood” of female analysts was dedicated to following the trail of Bin Laden and al-Qaida before and after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  Bakos, Storer and Sude were all members of this team of experts and were featured in the film. Much of the material was deemed highly classified and only in recent years has the information been made available to the American public. The documentary was based on the book Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad by CNN’s Peter Bergen.

Bakos now works as a consultant with a focus on national security, illicit networks and regional stability. Storer is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Geography at Coastal Carolina University. Sude is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corp.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be presented in Civic Hall in the Connector Building on CCC’s Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township by the College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility. Ample free, off-road parking is available on the surface lots near the building.

Professional development credit is available for educators who attend. To attend, contact (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or Information about upcoming events is available by following @CenterForCivic on Twitter.

Published: October 28, 2013