Focusing On Government Security
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- Apr 24, 2008
GovSec, U.S. Law and Ready kicked off its first edition Wednesday since the 1105 Media team bought the event. A strong list of keynote speakers will highlight daily activities.
One speaker caught my attention, that being Marina Litvinenko. She is the widow of slain Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko. You might remember Mr. Litvinenko from the news of his death in a London hospital. He was poisoned with a radioactive material and ultimately died.
Litvinenko will speak in her keynote address on Thursday morning and will discuss state-sponsored terrorism. That’s exactly what this conference is all about, government security.
“We must expose the people who sent an assassin to London with a weapon of mass destruction in a suitcase. If they went to such lengths to get rid of my husband, imagine what they would do if their larger interests are at stake. That’s why I am so grateful to the U.S. Congress for naming the suspect government,” Litvinenko said in an announcement prior to her keynote address.
Earlier this month in a House resolution, members of Congress expressed “significant concerns about the potential involvement of elements of the Russian government,” with respect to Litvinenko’s death. The act of this death is truly about security and proliferation of radioactive materials.
Naturally, Russia denies involvement, but it continues to obstruct any investigation.
During Litvinenko’s keynote, she will review the unsuccessful British campaign to extradite the key suspect from Russia. She also plans to describe her quest for justice among adverse political and diplomatic realities.
This event promises to be a well-received keynote. This was the first ever terrorist attack using nuclear material. The murderer used Polumium-210 as a potential terror weapon.
Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.