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Counterintelligence expert to address Black History Month

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By Special to the Monitor

The director of the Office of Counterintelligence at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be the keynote speaker for a Black History Month public discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of New Mexico -  Los Alamos Lecture Hall, Building 2, upper level.William McKinley Phillips, III, will speak on “How Might We View Black History Month: Embracing Cultural Diversity.”  Phillips was 11 years old and present when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his “I have a Dream,” speech in Washington, D.C.Phillips, a lawyer, worked for 26 years undercover on the operations side of the clandestine service of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  He has held his current position at Los Alamos National Laboratory since August 2005.Phillips was an Earl Warren Legal Scholar at Rutgers University Law School-Newark, where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree. His area of specialty was American Constitutional Law.He was an assistant counsel to the governor of New Jersey and worked briefly as an attorney/advisor in the Office of General Counsel of the General Accountability Office in Washington, DC.He is a certified CIA Counterintelligence Professional, a certified Special Operation Officer, and a recipient of the National Humint Collector Award. He also received the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal – the nation’s highest Medal for Merit awarded to career intelligence officers – in January of 2006.Most of Phillips’ assignments and career achievements remain classified; however, he has served in senior CIA assignments in South Asia, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.He speaks, reads and writes Spanish, French and Haitian Creole, and he speaks some Hindustani and Arabic.Phillips lives in Los Alamos with his wife and two sons where among his various hobbies he serves as a volunteer basketball coach for the YMCA.Phillips’ discussion is free and sponsored by the Los Alamos Monitor, UNM-LA and The Family YMCA.For information call the YMCA at 662-3100.