Political assassinations have a profound effect, changing the course of history – though often not in ways the plotters imagine. Richard Belfield, an award-winning television producer, has investigated international intrigue and assassination. His book on assassination, ‘Terminate with Extreme Prejudice’ was published in 2005. He will discuss the technology of modern assassination and focus on two recent cases, both of which define the way we are. The killing of Anwar Sadat in 1981 was the pivotal event in Al Qaeda’s formation. President Kennedy ordered the murder of President Diem of Vietnam, condemning the USA to a ten year war. Assassination used to be secret, but now the USA, Israel and Russia practise it openly.