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Counter Terrorism: Fighting the Financial War

Recorded on November 16, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In a day of volatile national security threats, America faces a new challenge within the realm of terrorism. Not fought with conventional weapons, this battle is waged in a high-tech field with an invisible enemy. It requires that we diligently protect the integrity of our financial system, fight financial crime, and enforce economic sanctions against rogue nations. Join us as Undersecretary Stuart Levey addresses these critical components for fighting - and winning - the Financial War on Terror.

STUART A. LEVEY directs the U.S. Treasury's efforts to cut the lines of financial support to international terrorists, a critical component of the overall effort to keep America safe from terrorist plots. In addition to leading the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, he also oversees the Department's newly created Office of Intelligence and Analysis, ensuring that actionable intelligence is available to key decision-makers and that the Department is fully integrated within the broader intelligence community. Prior to coming to Treasury, Mr. Levey served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, he was the Deputy Attorney General's primary staff member with responsibility for coordinating the Justice Department's varied counterterrorism activities, including investigations, intelligence collection and prosecutions. He also served as the Justice Department's representative to the interagency Terrorist Financing Policy Coordinating Committee (PCC) and to the NSC's Counterterrorism Security Group, a senior interagency group chaired by the Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism. Prior to assuming that position, he served as the Deputy Attorney General's Chief of Staff. Before joining the Justice Department in 2001, Mr. Levey spent 11 years in private practice at a Washington law firm.