Saturday, December 4, 2021


A former special agent will be presenting a revealing insider’s look into modern day spies at an upcoming lecture to be held at the Marco Island Historical Society in conjunction with the Renaissance Academy. U.S. Espionage: Stories of Betrayal will be held on Thursday, February 23 from 10:00am to 11:30am.

Thomas Eastwood, retired Department of Defense agent, will talk about U.S spies from 1977 to the present. Who were they? Why did they do it? The program will provide insight as to how these spies got caught and will talk about possible spies who are still in operation. Mr. Eastwood’s discussion will include declassified but little known information on these spies and their potential impact on U.S. security.

Thomas Eastwood began his law enforcement career with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms before transferring as a special agent to the Department of Defense (DoD). He was the youngest DoD regional director in the agency’s history. Mr. Eastwood was responsible for developing interrogation techniques now used by most US agencies. He taught at the Defense Security Institute in Virginia and retired as the Director of the IRS Michigan District. Mr. Eastwood has worked joint investigations with the CIA, DEA, FBI and IRS. Prior to his 27 years in law enforcement, he was a psychologist.

To register for this program, please contact the Renaissance Academy at 239-434-4737 or register on-line at Pre-registration is required.

Future programs sponsored by the Renaissance Academy and held at the Marco Island Historical Society include: The Essential Abraham Lincoln (March 22) and The Emerging Cuba (April 5). Contact the Renaissance Academy for details on these and many other educational and interesting programs.

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