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Invitation letter from Baltasar Garzón to Michael Chertoff, United States Secretary of Homeland Security and co-author of the USA PATRIOT Act

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King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South, Suite 201
New York, NY 10012 1098
Telephone: (212) 998-3650
Fax: (212) 995-4804

Secretary, U.S. Department of
Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528

New York, June 10, 2005

Dear Secretary Chertoff:

I am an Investigative Judge at the National Court of Spain, specializing in crimes of terrorism, narcotraffic and international money laundering. At present I hold the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization at New York University and I am a visiting professor at the NYU Law School's Center on Law and Security.

I had the honor and great pleasure to meet you last April in Washington at a meeting you granted me and Karen Greenberg.

As holder of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair I am organizing a project called "Spain Today", to be held this coming fall and winter at New York University, and with which I sincerely hope you will be able to collaborate.

I am of course aware of your vast responsibilities and I realize you must have an unusually complicated agenda. In spite of this, I would like to invite you to participate in an encounter, the last of the series, we are organizing for Monday, the 3rd of October, 2005, from 6-8PM.

As can be seen in the attached proposal, this initiative will bring together the academic, political and intellectual communities of New York to seriously look at a series of themes that, from my point of view, have great relevance for the United States, Spain and Latin America; three important communities that share common problems and challenges.

Over the coming months and until the end of December I will be working here at New York University and it would he an honor and a great pleasure to greet you and to count on your presence with us on December 5th.

I extend to you my warmest greetings and I wish to convey the high regard I have for you and the great resopnsibility you carry in the name of the citizens of the United and of people all over the world.

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center

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