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Congressman Robert Pittenger HeadshotCHARLOTTE – On June 20th, more than 80 Members of Parliament, other high-ranking officials, and security experts from 29 nations gathered in Vienna, Austria, for the fourth Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum, organized and co-hosted by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).

The forum focused on international efforts to intercept terrorism financing, cybersecurity, and Intelligence collaboration as part of joint efforts to defeat radical Islamist terrorism.

“Together, we identified specific opportunities to collaborate on efforts to intercept terrorist financing and enable critical data and Intelligence sharing,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Recent events are a stark reminder that radical Islamist terrorism is a global threat, determined to replace liberty with evil.  We must provide bold leadership and a clarion call to defeat our common enemy.”

Today, Congressman Pittenger publicly released a report on the June 20th forum, including an official summary prepared by the U.S. State Department and key recommendations from the U.S.  Treasury Department on necessary steps to better target and intercept terrorism financing.

Dr. Andreas Karlsböck, Member of the Austrian Parliament and forum co-host, also shares his perspective on the importance of these forums:  “We need not only cooperation between governmental organizations and intelligence services responsible for our security – they do a good job, particularly by fighting against spying out and cyber-crime – but also a closer cooperation on high parliamentary level,” wrote Dr. Karlsböck in his summary.  “The fourth Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum in Vienna put a benchmark in finding the right conversation tool aside the daily political agenda, and so it has been really a precious contribution to peace and freedom in our highly endangered world.”

A complete copy of the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum report is attached to this e-mail and available for download at

Congressman Pittenger serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing.

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