MANCHESTER (November 28, 2007) – At 6 p.m. on Monday, December 3, the Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St. (in conjunction with the Office of the Mayor) , will be showing the docu-drama “Last Best Chance.” This 42-minute movie shows the potential threat posed by vulnerable nuclear weapons and materials around the world and underscores what are the stakes.
In the movie, al-Qaeda operatives organize three separate operations aimed at getting nuclear weapons. The material is then fabricated into three crude nuclear weapons by small groups of trained terrorists, who have recruited bomb-making experts to help them manufacture their weapons.
Governments around the world discover clues to the plot, but are unable to uncover the scheme before the weapons are en route to their destinations. The film demonstrates that the hardest job for terrorists is gaining control of a nuclear weapon or material. Because the governments had failed to take sufficient action to secure or destroy the nuclear weapons material, they are helpless to prevent an attack.
The film stars former Sen. Fred Thompson and features an epilogue moderated by Tom Brokaw.
“Last Best Chance” was produced by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which is an international organization working to close the gap between the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and the global response.
After the film, a panel discussion will take place with Acting Fire Chief Nick Campasano; nuclear counterterrorism expert Mike Hurley, Carie Lemack, president and co-founder of Families of September 11.
About the Panelists
Michael Hurley (counter-terrorism expert) – As part of the National Commission on the Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly called the 9/11 Commission, Hurley served as senior counsel and director of the counterterrorism policy review team. In addition, he has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations for 21 years. Days after the 9/11 attacks, Hurley volunteered to serve in the CIA's Counterterrorist Center and to be deployed in late 2001 to Afghanistan, where he led CIA personnel and U.S. Special Forces teams against al Qaeda and the Taliban. Among other responsibilities, he was the lead coordinator on the scene for “Operation Anaconda,” the largest military campaign against al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
After returning to Washington, DC, in March 2003, Hurley was asked to join the 9/11 Commission by Chair Tom Kean. In that position, he managed a team responsible for conducting more than 150 interviews, including with President Bill Clinton and Cabinet-level officials of both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, and reviewing hundreds of thousands of government documents.
Carie Lemack ( president and co-founder of Families of September 11) – Carrie advocated for the creation of the 9/11 Commission and for passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. She continues to pursue activities and legislation supporting the Commission's recommendations. A founder of FOS11, she spearheaded a campaign to develop warnings and increase awareness of the effects of the media's use of real-life graphic 9/11 images. Currently running her own national security business, The Camilla Group, LLC, Carie remains focused on working with government, private sector and nonprofit organizations to improve the nation's safety and security, and is leading a project to prevent nuclear terrorism in conjunction with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Carie has an MBA from Stanford University as well as a Masters degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her mother, Judy Larocque, was on American Airlines Flight 11