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Next episode of Homeland? No, just a college recruiter chasing Noah

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(Read caption) A college recruiter chasing our blogger's son, Noah, sent an invitation to a national security conference that looked like it was right out of an episode of Homeland. Do they know one of Noah's favorite activities is snoozing – like this grad student does at the University of Michigan library? July 2012.

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My wife Judy and I received a letter the other day that really caught my attention. The envelope said it was from Maj. Gen. Stanley Hyman and it was addressed to “The Parent of Noah Zheutlin.”

I was hoping it might contain confidential information about the next episode of "Homeland," but in fact it turned out to be an invitation, a "special honor," for Noah, a high school senior, to attend the “National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security: Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense” to be held in Washington, D.C. next spring

Under separate cover the same day, arrived a more formal invitation, addressed directly to Noah, an invitation so fancy I thought it was for a bar mitzvah in Boca Raton: letters and envelope gold embossed with an eagle carrying an American flag, details of the six-day program, and a list of past speakers including former CIA Director George Tenet, former Secretary of Defense William Perry and the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Henry Shelton.

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