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The Greater Good, Dedicated
to Law Enforcement
Shared by Andrew J. Edelberg, Esquire

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Vision: Ahead of the threat through leadership,
agility, and integration.
Mission: To protect the American people and
uphold the Constitution of the United States.
May 2017. I recently attended a worthwhile
seminar with the F.B.I. Philadelphia Citizens
Academy Alumni Association. The seminar
"Countering Violent Extremism" focused on violent extremists of all kinds that are deliberately
targeting our nation's youth with poisonous propaganda - especially in cyberspace, where they are flooding social media with
recruiting videos and persuasive calls to action. The seminar also
provided attendees with a better understanding of gangs and FBI
enforcement procedures in the Philadelphia and surrounding
counties.
The FBI's investigations and analysis indicate that these efforts - to a disturbing degree - are succeeding. Across America,
there are young people who are embracing various forms of violent extremism, actively communicating with violent extremists,
and helping with recruitment. Without warning, many teens are
joining violent extremist groups in the U.S. or leaving their families and traveling to war zones thousands of miles away to enlist
in violent extremist movements.
In this hyper-connected world - where violent extremist
information is only a click away - it's more crucial than ever that
young people learn what violent extremism really is, how it hurts
innocent victims and perpetuates violence, and how its recruiting
strategies are intended to deceive. Today, as part of its leading
role in helping to prevent terrorist attacks and in sharing its expertise on public safety issues, the FBI is taking the next step in
educating communities on violent extremism.
The seminar featured well known Intelligence Analyst and
Delaware County native Alexis Castellani; Community Outreach
Specialists Tanya Jeter and Milton Barham; and several other Supervisory Special Agents and Assistant Special Agents in Charge
including Christian Zajac, and the Special Agent in Charge of the
Philadelphia Field Office, Michael Harpster, a kind and caring
man with a chosen mission to serve the citizenry and people of
Philadelphia. Attendees included community leaders, educators,
school superintendants, and local, state, and federal law enforcement. The seminar is available free of charge, complements of
the FBI, on a regular basis.
I also had the pleasure, again in May, of proudly attending
a congratulatory celebration for a friend I met at the Federal
Building some 25 years ago - John Kitzinger, who retired from
the FBI as Supervisory Special Agent, and was then appointed

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to the position of Chief of the Bureau of Criminal
Investigations of the PA Attorney General's Office, Harrisburg. Kitzinger, known affectionately
as "Johnny K," was the Bureau's poster person for
integrity, compassion and commitment. The PA
Attorney General's Office strives to combat crime,
uphold individual rights and protect consumers.
About Andrew J. Edelberg, Esquire... "I
strive to treat others as I wish to be treated."
A Philadelphia suburban attorney recognized
as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and former Rising Star; a local five-county practicing lawyer; an
attorney who cares about people and results; one who is loyal to
clients, friends and family. Andrew is well-known and respected
by law enforcement and practicing attorneys in multiple legal
fields. He has worked with all levels of local, state, and federal
law enforcement and he actively serves as a Lieutenant in the
Delaware County Sheriff's Reserve Unit. Andrew is a 2014
graduate of the Philadelphia Citizens Academy and serves as
a member of the Board of Directors with his first two-year (2)
term expiring June 2018. He has lectured and taught a number
of legal educational classes and serves the Delaware County Bar
Association's Law Day school program each year.
A Prized Possession... "To Andrew" - Thank
you for all your support and making a difference. God Bless. - John Walsh, National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC),
Co-Founder, Host of "America's Most Wanted"
A career in fighting crime is one John Walsh never expected.
In 1981, Walsh, his wife, and their six-year-old son were living the American dream in southern Florida until violent crime
touched their lives. The Walsh's son Adam was abducted from a
suburban shopping mall; his remains were found 16 days later.
The prime suspect in Adam's murder was never charged in
the case and died in prison while serving life for other crimes.
The suspect took the truth about his possible involvement in
Adam's murder to his grave, denying the Walsh family an opportunity for closure.
The Walsh family turned their grief into action and without
a badge or a gun; Walsh quickly became a nationally recognized
leader in the push for victims' rights. In 1987, FOX contacted
Walsh about hosting a groundbreaking new reality show designed to track down the country's most notorious and dangerous
fugitives by profiling their cases to a national audience. Walsh
continues to believe in the inherent good of people and their
power to make positive changes.

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