FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 22, 2011) – The Academy at Shell Point invites the public to attend a presentation on the US Intelligence – Contemporary Issues led by Tom Eastwood, a consultant, lecturer, and “edutainer.” This event will take place on Thursday, September 8 at 1:00pm, in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands in Shell Point Retirement Community. Space is very limited, so tickets are required to attend, and can be purchased for $10 a piece by calling (239) 454-2054.

“The last decade has seen many changes in our security and the economy due to the tragic acts which occurred on September 11, 2001,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “Many people are concerned about the safety of our nation, should future attacks ever be attempted. We are honored to have Mr. Eastman speak on our campus and offer some additional insight.”

Eastwood began his career with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms before transferring to the Department of Defense. His career also included conducting and leading counterintelligence and criminal investigations, and he has also served as a senior executive for the IRS. In this frank and open discussion which moves beyond the rhetoric, political hyperbole, and media hype, Eastwood will discuss why our intelligence failed us on 9/11 and the state of our current preparation. He will also cover the use of torture in the war on terror, terrorist surveillance, and why it took us so long to kill Osama.

The Academy at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each semester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy at Shell Point was named as one of 2008,s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course which is open to the public, as well as recreational/fitness facilities and deep water boating access for its residents. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131.

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