Daily Archives: September 21, 2011

Kean to GCU: ‘We are safer, but not totally safe’

GCU's Bob Louden, who directs the criminal justice program at the university, joined President Rosemary E. Jeffries (second from left), the Hon. Thomas H. Kean, and Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford (a GCU alumna), during the event.

More than 250 people turned out to hear former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean talk about the incredible changes America has seen since the events of Sept. 11, 2001. His talk, “9/11: A Decade Later,” was held in the historic Casino where students, faculty, staff and community residents listened intently to the man who also served as chairman of the 9/11 Commission.

Now more than ever, Americans need to understand that “we cannot go it alone,” Kean told the audience. “If we really cooperate, we can all be safer.”  That level of cooperation extends to supporting countries that are trying to expand their own economic and educational opportunities, as well as supporting democracy abroad.The former governor, who was tapped in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush to lead the investigative commission, talked candidly about the group’s achievements, and goals that have yet to be realized.

“What I learned about secrets in Washington is that they shouldn’t be secrets,” he said, underscoring the need to de-classify information that he believes Americans would be better off knowing.

“Are we safe? Yes, we’re much safer than we were before Sept. 11, but we’re not safe enough, not yet,” he said.

“Our biggest threat today is not in Afghanistan or Pakistan,” he said. “It comes from those wild, ungoverned parts of thw world. They have neither the desire or power for a big attack, but they are likely to plan smaller attacks. We’ve gotten pretty darn good at stopping unwanted people from coming into the country, but what’s happening now is that attackers are recruiting U.S. citizens—over the Internet. We have to be aware of this and get ahead of it.”

Look for extended coverage of Kean’s speech and other related activities in the fall edition of GCU Magazine.