Canberra Skeptics Lecture

An ANU Public Lecture Presented by Canberra Skeptics and the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre:

Terrorism Conspiracy Theories and the 1978 Sydney Hilton bombing, Lockerbie, 9/11, and the London 7/7 bombings

Speaker: Adjunct Professor Clive Williams

Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research
Building 131 – ANU
Garran Rd
Acton ACT 0200

Free Admission

Terrorism has been an increasingly visible part of life for the last 40 years, and following 9/11, one of the defining features of the early 21st century. There are, however, many who believe that terrorist acts are the result of insidious covert governmental organisations seeking to control the people they claim to be acting on behalf of.

Adjunct Professor Clive Williams from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the ANU will examine the nature of conspiracy theories, particularly in relation to terrorist incidents – including 9/11. Discover the covert role played by aliens, neo-cons, shape shifters, Israeli agents, spin doctors or neo-Nazis in the significant events that have shaped our world.

Clive Williams has a career background as an officer in the Australian Intelligence Corps, which included a number of overseas intelligence appointments. After leaving the Army in 1981, he pursued a civilian career in Defence Intelligence, working mainly on transnational issues. He was a Chevening scholar at the War Studies Department, King’s College, London, in 1987. He has worked and lectured internationally on terrorism-related issues since 1980, and started running terrorism courses at the ANU in 1996. He left Defence in 2002, and has since run terrorism and national security-related Masters course electives at the ANU and a number of Australian and overseas universities. He became an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism (PICT) at Macquarie University in 2006. He also became a Visiting Professor at the School of Human and Social Sciences (HASS) of the University of NSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)in 2006. He is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), and an Associate of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology (AIAIP).

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