Henley-Putnam University Examines the Occupy Wall Street Movement and its Threat to Public Safety

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During Free Webinar, Former Special Agent Michael Angley Will Examine the OWS Movement that has Gripped Many U.S. Communities Since the Fall of 2011

Henley-Putnam University’s next free webinar takes an in-depth look at a movement that began as a grassroots political effort in New York City, but that quickly became a threat to the public safety of many American cities: Occupy Wall Street: Legitimate Political Movement or Public Threat?

On August 15th, 2012 at 1:00 PM, EDT, Colonel Michael Angley, former U.S. Air Force Special Agent and Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University, will lead the webinar which will detail information on the genesis of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its wildfire spread to hundreds of cities throughout the United States.

The OWS movement was inspired by the various “Arab Springs” that brought regime changes to many parts of the Middle East and North Africa in 2011. Its proponents saw an opportunity to create a similar grassroots movement within the United States to foster a correction to perceived economic and social inequities.(1) The persistent OWS theme, regardless of location, has been that the wealthiest 1% of Americans control the majority of the nation’s resources, wealth, and political power. Identifying themselves as the poorest and most disenfranchised 99%, the OWS movement has sought a redistribution of wealth and power in an effort to level the playing field for all.(2)

But has the movement lost sight of its original purpose? Quickly after they began camping out in various parks throughout the country, news organizations reported that OWS supporters started to commit criminal acts ranging from vandalism to rape and murder. As its calls for social and economic justice grew louder, its antics and efforts became more dangerous and outrageous. In many locations, OWS protestors began threatening the local communities and local law enforcement in particular.(3) During the webinar, Colonel Angley will examine the group’s motives, political and other influences, history of violence, and likely future outlook.

Occupy Wall Street: Legitimate Political Movement or Public Threat? takes place on August 15th, 2012 at 1:00 PM, EDT. Those interested in participating in the webinar should register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/297173162
The webinar is open to the public and completely free of charge.

The Henley-Putnam webinar series, launched in 2009, was designed to bring the hands-on experience of former members of the CIA, Secret Service, FBI, and intelligence and law enforcement communities, both federal and local, to those seeking careers in Strategic Security. Registration information for upcoming webinars is available on Henley-Putnam’s website at http://www.henley-putnam.edu/594-238.htm. Past webinars are archived on the University’s site and accessible at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/697032307).

The series is one of many career resources offered by Henley-Putnam University. In addition, the University’s mentoring program assigns degree students with a high-level faculty or expert mentor to support them in making career decisions. Through its online career portal, Henley-Putnam helps students research careers, explore university programs, prepare for a job search, locate employers and gain basic knowledge of the Strategic Security field.

For more information on Henley-Putnam University’s Strategic Security certificate and degree programs, please call admissions at 888.852.8746 or visit http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu.

Mike Angley is the Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a retired career Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent. He has over 25 years experience conducting counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations around the world and in the United States. He is a seasoned criminal investigator as well, held five command assignments in his career, and when he retired in 2007 was one of OSI’s senior-most Special Agents in command of OSI Region 8, Air Force Space Command. Mike Angley is also the multi-award-winning author of the Child Finder Trilogy (http://www.mikeangley.com) a fictional thriller novel series featuring an Air Force OSI Special Agent protagonist.

Founded in August 2001, Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution specializing in the field of Strategic Security. The University offers accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and the Management of Personal Protection; a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Henley-Putnam prepares law enforcement, military, intelligence, and private industry professionals with the networks, skills, and insights to advance in their careers and protect the future. Henley-Putnam University, which is committed to building a student and alumni network that will serve its community, is an accredited member of DETC (http://www.detc.org) and offers 125 courses taught by hands-on faculty members from all branches of the military and law enforcement fields, including the FBI, CIA, DoD, DIA, NSA and Secret Service. For more information, visit the Henley-Putnam University website (http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu), e-mail AdmissionsAdvising(at)Henley-Putnam(dot)edu, or call 888.852.8746.

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(1) Neal Underleider, “Occupy Wall Street: Tahrir Over Here?” Fastcompany.com, 21 September, 2011; available at: http://www.fastcompany.com/1781840/occupy-wall-street-tahrir-over-here.
(2) “Occupy Wall Street: The Future and History, So Far,” NPR.org, 6 August, 2012; available at: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/09/146649883/occupy-wall-street-the-future-and-history-so-far
(3) Alyssa Newcomb, “Sexual Assaults Reported in ‘Occupy’ Camps.” ABCnews.com, 3 November, 2011; available at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/sexual-assaults-occupy-wall-street-camps/story?id=14873014#.UCAtLKBtXRR.

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