Domestic Terrorism ~ Clear and Present Danger!!!
DATE: Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
TIME: 11 AM - 12 PM
LOCATION: Free Webinar for ACFE NJ Members ONLY
PRESENTER: Thomas R. O'Connor (ret. FBI Agent)
2020 ~ Domestic extremism:
CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER!!!
This presentation illustrates the changes in Domestic Extremism over the past two decades. It illustrates how social media and political divides in the United States have fueled extremist ideology and created new avenues for foreign actors to capitalize on weaknesses in our social fabric.
This presentation applies to Law Enforcement and Civilian audiences. The discussion will demonstrate how domestic extremism has increased in the United States, causing Domestic ideological attacks to be the most lethal terrorism threat we face today. Thomas O’Connor investigated domestic extremists for over two decades. Using lessons learned from case investigation, interviews of subjects and cooperators, O’Connor details how the threat from domestic extremist and conspiracy theories in a divided United States is a clear and present danger.
SPECIAL AGENT Thomas r. O'Connor
Joint Terrorism Task Force | Evidence Response Team
Federal Bureau of Investigations (Retired)
Special Agent (SA) Thomas O’Connor entered on duty with the FBI in 1997. SA O’Connor was assigned to work in the Washington Field Office on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. During this time, SA O’Connor worked both International and Domestic Terrorism cases. Before entering on duty with the FBI, SA O’Connor was a Police Officer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SA O’Connor worked for 15 years as a Municipal Officer, leaving for the FBI at Detective Sergeant's rank. As a Police Officer, SA O’Connor specialized in narcotics and violent gang investigations.
During a 23 year career with the FBI, SA O’Connor coordinated investigations related to violent criminal actions by Domestic Extremist. SA O’Connor specialized in white supremacist threats and violence. SA O’Connor was the case Agent for numerous incidents, including the shootings at the US Pentagon security entrance and the Family Research Council in Washington DC. SA O’Connor became a subject matter expert related to Domestic Extremist threats and traveled extensively training law enforcement and civic groups on these emerging threats.
SA O’Connor served as a Team Leader on the Washington Field Office, Evidence Response Team (WFO ERT). In this capacity, SA O’Connor led forensic teams to multiple terrorist attacks around the globe. These deployments include the 1998 Nairobi Embassy bombing, 2 deployments to Kosovo in 1999 for war crimes investigations, 2000 USS Cole attack in Aden Yemen, SA O’Connor was a coordinator for evidence collection at the 9-11 attack on the US Pentagon, the 2002 N17 bombing in Athens Greece, 2006 attack on the US Consulate in Karachi Pakistan, 6 deployments to Iraq and 3 deployments to Afghanistan. SA O’Connor led the crime scene and evidence recovery for the “Blackwater shooting” in Baghdad, Iraq. SA O’Connor worked at the crime scenes of both the 2018 Tree of life Synagogue shooting and the 2019 Virginia Beach government building shootings. During his career on the WFO ERT, SA O’Connor specialized in Post Blast Investigation and shooting reconstruction evidence recovery.
In 2005 SA O’Connor was assigned to a forward operating location in Iraq to investigate hostage-takings. During this deployment, SA O’Connor was involved in the rescue of US Citizen Roy Hallums, who had been held by extremists for 311 days.
SA O’Connor has provided instruction on both Domestic and International Terrorism issues across the United States and overseas. In 2004, SA O’Connor was awarded the Department of Justice “Instructor of the Year” award and was named FBI “Master Police Instructor” in 2010. SA O’Connor was certified as an Adjunct Faculty member for the FBI Academy.
SA O’Connor is a 2011 graduate of the George C. Marshall, European Center for Security Studies, Program on Terrorism and Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where he continues to instruct as an adjunct professor.
His peers elected SA O’Connor to serve on the FBI Agents Associations (FBIAA) National Executive Board for three years, as the Vice President for seven years and President for 3 years, retiring from the FBI on September 11, 2019. This date was chosen to honor the FBI Agents who had passed due to the 9-11 attack and the illnesses related to that terrorist attack.
SA O’Connor is currently the Principal Consultant at FedSquared Consulting, providing instruction and consultation on various Counterterrorism topics to both Government and private sector clients.
SA O’Connor’s Law Enforcement career has been chronicled in numerous books, including Tracy Kidders 1997 “Home Town,” Patrick Creed and Richard Newman’s “Firefight, the battle to save the Pentagon on 9-11”, Kirk Lippold’s “Front Burner” the story of the attack on the USS Cole, Roy Hallums’s “Buried Alive” the story of a hostage rescue after 311 days of captivity, and David Rohde’s “In Deep: The FBI, the CIA and the Truth about America’s Deep State.”
SA O’Connor has been interviewed for many news articles on the topic of Domestic Extremism and has been a guest on several National News outlets related to topics related to his position as President of the FBI Agents Association.
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