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DINNER NOTE: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice. 

WEATHER: For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather, check the chapter email list or the announcement list, or email Donna Andrews at donna@donnaandrews.com.

IMPORTANT: We're now only accepting payment via check. Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting.

Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

Ever wondered how much of what you see on TV programs like CSI is based on reality? Please join us on Tuesday, January 13th to hear Jim Harris, a former FBI special agent whose specialty was high-technology crimes, demystify what he calls the "CSI Effect—a lamentable phenomenon in which Hollywood police-procedural dramas on television have conditioned jurors to believe the police practically have magical powers."

For twenty years Harris held public- and private-sector jobs in the high-tech field until the events of 9/11 brought about a dramatic career change: he joined the FBI's Sacramento, California, bureau. There he served on a digital forensics team and began using his high-tech expertise to solve cases involving crimes against children. Eventually the really dark cases—missing kids, child pornography, murders—burned him out so he relocated to FBI headquarters in Washington where he ran the Counterterrorism Internet Operations Section, which he calls "chasing jihadists online."

Today Jim Harris works for Obsidian Analysis, a DC consulting firm that helps public- and private-sector clients—including the White House—prepare for cyber attacks.

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion on countering the CSI Effect by learning how real digital investigations work.

Tuesday, January 13th

Embassy Suites Hotel at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, Ballroom Level

4300 Military Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Garage parking under the hotel.

Metro: Friendship Heights.

6:30 p.m.         Reception/Cash Bar

7 p.m.              Dinner (including a complimentary glass of iced tea or soda, warm rolls and butter, crisp salad, coffee and tea): choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate.

8 p.m.               Jim Harris speaks.

IMPORTANT: We're now only accepting payment via check. Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting.

RESERVATIONS: Cost is $35 per person. The price is the same for members and non-members. To reserve your seat, either email or call Sandi Wilson no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, January 8th, and let her know your entrée and dessert choices (choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate). Sandi's email address is sandi.wilson@comcast.net and her phone number is 202-425-4697.

PAYMENT DETAILS: We no longer accept cash. Please remember to bring a check made out to Mystery Writers of America with you to the meeting. Payments will be collected at the door. Our in-person payment policy is based on trust, and we want to continue this practice. Please don't be a no-show/no-pay.

 

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