NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Top40 Charts/ MCN Media & Marketing) - Country music recording artist and humanitarian, Daron Norwood, has received the exclusive invitation to perform and appear as a guest speaker by America's Truth Forum* at the upcoming 'Exposing the Threat of Islamist Terrorism-America's Original Symposium Series on the Threat of Islamist Terrorism this weekend, Saturday, February 2, 2008, at Ranch of the Lonesome Dove in Southlake, TX.
Norwood, who's celebrated a number of country radio hits including "If It Wasn't For Her, I Wouldn't Have You" (Billboard Magazine's most requested and played song of the year-1994), 'Cowboys Don't Cry,' and 'Bad Dog, No Biscuit,' (Giant Records) will be among an accredited list of decorated governmental officials and authorities who will speak out on the threat of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad.
The initiative behind this cooperatively produced forum is to generate awareness surrounding the grave threat posed to the US by radical Islamists (Jihadis) on not only foreign soil but in all of America. Norwood will open the agenda on Saturday morning.
Simultaneous with his work in the country music industry, Norwood founded the Keep It Straight USA program, a drug and alcohol abuse intervention program designed to cater to students of all ages all across America. Daron's endeavor as the spearhead and voice of the program earned him recognition and the special invitation to bring the program to Russia. He's visited with the president (Clinton and Bush) on numerous occasions and most recently returned from a trip to Africa.
Daron, along with four other individuals, traveled to Africa to film a documentary from a layman's perspective. The special story, "With Open Eyes," is a feature-length film that offers a provocative, honest look at the crisis in Sudan. The story follows the five Americans through their extraordinary journey throughout Sudan as they meet Sudanese people who have been most affected by two decades of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The documentary is scheduled for release in late spring 2008. (SERMedia)
Norwood introduced. 'Throughout our journey from southern Sudan and north to the outskirts of Darfur, we witnessed the devastation of war, listened to the Sudanese' tragic stories and experienced their pain,''The trip was truly a life experience for me'an education'and I'm proud to share my story at this most important forum.'
'America's Truth Forum is committed to educating the American people on controversial topics of national security, in particular, the radical Islamist threat,' said Jeff Epstein, Founder/President of America's Truth Forum and organizer of the symposium. 'Our primary objective is to disseminate critical information, that is not readily available via conventional channels, to concerned citizens, and Daron's recollection of the trip to Africa and honest conveyance speaks loudly-in a language all Americans will understand. We are proud to add him to the roster of speakers,' Epstein added.
Norwood joins an prominent panel of speakers in the program: Lee Boyland, Nuclear Engineering and former Explosive Ordinance Disposal Officer in the U.S. Army assigned to the Defense Atomic Support Agency and its Nuclear Emergency Team/Frank Gaffney, Founder and President Center for Security Policy/ Caroline Glick, Deputy Managing Editor, Jerusalem Post & Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy/David Harris, President of Democracy House & Former Chief of Strategic Planning of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service/Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate, Founder of CAIR Watch, Investigative Journalist for FrontPage Magazine/Dr. Harvey Kushner, Chairman of Criminal Justice Dept. of Long Island University, Best-selling Author, Advisor to the FBI and FAA/Laura Mansfield, Middle Eastern Linguistic Expert and Investigative Reporter Specializing in Jihad Activity/Atty. David Schippers, Former Chief Investigative Counsel for the US House Judiciary Committee, Author, Counter-terrorism Expert/Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch, Best-selling Author and Expert on Radical Islam/ Dr. Wafa Sultan, Syrian-American Psychologist and Internationally Known Critic of Militant Islam/Dr. Bruce Tefft, Founding Member of CIA's Counterterrorism Task Force and Dr. Paul Williams, Former FBI consultant, Best-selling Author and Investigative Journalist.
'I'm not an expert nor an authority on the topic of terrorism. But, this trip really opened my eyes. We, as Americans, live in the land of the free and the land of the opportunity. The Sudanese people are not free and do not have the opportunity to be free to 'live.' They are dying for unjust reasons and, in all reality, they are dying 'before' us,' Norwood said. 'Knowing what I know now, I have learned that America needs to pay attention to this situation to keep 'our' country safe and to help those who cannot help themselves. I want to share what I have learned with others.'
Topics at this weekend's symposium include:
The nuclear threat posed by radical Islamists
The infiltration of middle eastern influence into Washington DC institutions
Assessing the Iranian threat to global security
Threat of terrorist infiltration
The fragile nature of our constitutional freedoms in the face of Jihad
Radical Islam's infiltration of America
Domestic terrorism and associated threats
The necessity of educating the American public about Islam
As part of his honest discussion, Daron will perform for the first time 'With Open Eyes,' his personal account and call for aid in a moving musical composition. (Co-written with Paul Scott and produced by Robert Wright.)
For more information on Daron Norwood and Keep It Straight USA visit www.keepitstraightusa.com.