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December 12, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia-- On a normal day, Doctor Harry Bruno works with college students in Thomasville. "I'm responsible for the criminal justice program here at Thomas University," he says.

But in March, Bruno will travel to Oxford University in England. He has been chosen as an expert for a Round Table discussion on terrorism. He's one of 35 experts selected from around the world. "I've worked with the government off and on for a number of years. Terrorism was what I studied considerably. We'll be discussing terrorism on a global issue, seeing what is being done to combat it. Terrorism is something that happens on a daily basis around the world. It's not just confined to one area," says Bruno.

Bruno says there's a minimal threat to South Georgia. If anything, the food our agricultural base provides would be the target. For example, Atlanta would be a more likely target than South Georgia. "Any major city is a target for terrorists to attack. It all just depends on what they feel will wake up the people. When they struck on 911 it was a wake up call. They struck a target that was well known. We are just now getting back to what we call somewhat normal," says Bruno.

"First of all, you have got to decide and make a decision on what you're attacking," adds Bruno. That means whether the terrorists are religiously based or politically oriented, a job that falls under dozens of agencies blanketed by the Homeland Security department.

"Some of them need to be separated so they can do their job a little easier without all of the red tape they have to go through," says Bruno. Bruno will discuss that defensive starting point, along with long range planning, at the Round Table.

Oxford's Round Table was started in 1989 as a way to discuss major policy and educational issues around the world.

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