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Spies Converge In Raleigh For International Conference

Posted September 3, 2004 6:13 a.m. EDT

— Downtown Raleigh is swarming with spies. The second annual

Raleigh International Spy Conference

features some of the world's leading terrorism experts. Some of the experts believe the United States still is not safe from terrorist activity.

"I think it's an absolute certainty that there will be a further attack," terrorism expert Nigel West said. "My role is really to explain how terrorism can be combatted. The only way that you can prevent that from happening is good intelligence."

"The only way that you can prevent that from happening is good intelligence," West said.

"If you read the 9/11 Commission report, nobody is accountable. Nobody is responsible. Nobody has been punished," said Tom Kimmel, retired FBI agent. "We actually have key pieces of information and we can't account for who saw these things."

The spy conference runs through Friday and has not been without a little adventure. A

water main break

in the downtown area Thursday forced the conference to move from the Museum of History to the State Archives building.

If you cannot make it to the conference, you can watch part of it on the

WRAL NewsChannel

. Coverage starts at 1 p.m. Friday.