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Steven Emerson is considered one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing and operations. He serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, a non-profit organization that serves one of the world's largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. Emerson and his staff frequently provide briefings to U.S. government and law enforcement agencies, members of Congress and congressional committees, and print and electronic media on terrorist financing and operational networks of Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the rest of the worldwide Islamic militant spectrum. Since 9-11, Emerson has been interviewed frequently on all the major television networks and in the national and international print media. The website of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which was started in September 2007, is now considered one of the top counter-terrorism websites in the world and can be accessed at www.investigativeproject.org. Emerson launched The Investigative Project on Terrorism in 1995, following the November 1994 broadcast of his documentary film, "Jihad in America," on public television. The film exposed clandestine operations of militant Islamic terrorist groups on American soil. For the film, Emerson received numerous awards including the George Polk Award for best television documentary, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. He also received the top prize from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Organization (IRE) for best investigative report in both print and television for the documentary. The award from IRE was the fourth he had received from that group. The documentary, which was featured on 60 Minutes, has become standard viewing for federal law enforcement and intelligence organizations. Emerson is recognized as one of the first terrorism experts to have testified and warned about the threat of Islamic militant networks operating in the United States and their connections worldwide. In a pioneering congressional testimony delivered in 1998, he specifically warned about the threat of Osama Bin Laden's network. Nearly every one of the terrorist suspects and groups first identified in his 1994 film have been indicted, convicted, or deported since 9-11. Emerson is the author or co-author of six books on terrorism and national security, including: "Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the U.S." (Prometheus, 2006) "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us" (The Free Press, 2002) "Terrorist: The Inside Story of the Highest-Ranking Iraqi Terrorist Ever to Defect to the West" (Villard Books /Random House, 1991) "The Fall of Pan Am 103: Inside the Lockerbie Investigation" (Putnam's Sons, 1990) "Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era" (Putnam's Sons, 1988) "The American House of Saud: The Secret Petrodollar Connection" (Franklin Watts, 1985) Prior to starting the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Emerson worked as a correspondent for CNN and previously as a senior editor at US News and World Report. His first job in Washington DC in 1977 was as a staff researcher for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has a BA and MA from Brown University and once ran a marathon in 2 hours, 59 minutes, a feat he was never able to repeat again.

ARTICLES BY: Steven Emerson


April 28, 2017 12:21 pm
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New Congressional Caucus Seeks Altered Approach to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Congressional Israel Victory Caucus (CIVC) was launched on Thursday, in an effort to revitalize US engagement with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The CIVC plans to...

April 26, 2017 12:34 pm
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Rasmea Odeh’s Guilty Plea Accepted

DETROIT -- She couldn't say the words. Three times, US District Judge Gershwin A. Drain asked, "Are you pleading guilty or not guilty?" Each time, Rasmea Odeh paused. "I...

April 25, 2017 12:23 pm
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Germany: Iran Plotting Terrorist Attacks on Jewish and Israeli Targets in Western Europe

Iran is responsible for a significant amount of espionage activity in Germany and the planning terrorist attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets, according to the Jerusalem Post. In a...

April 24, 2017 12:31 pm
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New Filings Show Odeh Case Remains Contentious Despite Pending Plea

Days before Rasmea Odeh is expected to walk into a federal courtroom and plead guilty to naturalization fraud, her attorneys demanded that a judge strike the...

April 20, 2017 3:24 pm
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Rotterdam Allows Pro-Hamas Conference, Blocks Anti-Hamas Protest

A Hamas front group hosted a conference in Rotterdam on Saturday, and the Dutch authorities blocked pro-Israel activists from protesting the event, according to a Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) report. The...

April 6, 2017 6:30 am
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Iran-Sponsored Militia Launches Terror Group to Fight Israel

An Iranian-supported militia, Al-Nujaba, says that it has formed the "Golan Liberation Army" to fight Israel, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports. "This army has...

April 4, 2017 7:23 am
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New Hamas Document Reaffirms Radical Islamist Goals

In a new political document -- intended to re-brand Hamas as a more moderate group -- the Gaza-based terrorist organization calls for the destruction of Israel through "armed...

April 3, 2017 5:34 pm
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At JVP Conference, Odeh Claims ‘Torturous Ordeal’ Led to Guilty Plea

In what could be one of her last public appearances in the United States, convicted terrorist Rasmieh Odeh blamed her naturalization fraud prosecution on "law enforcement oppression." Odeh...

March 30, 2017 6:53 am
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Georgetown University and Radical Islamists: A Family Affair

Georgetown University's Qatar campus recently hosted Sami Al-Arian for a lecture in Doha. According to a news release from the school's Middle Eastern Studies Student Association, Al-Arian is a "civil...

March 28, 2017 6:17 am
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Bahrain Disrupts Iran-Sponsored Terror Cell Planning to Carry Out Attacks

Bahrain security forces arrested members of an Iranian-sponsored terrorist cell on Sunday, accusing them of planning the assassinations of senior government officials. The cell is also believed to be...

March 24, 2017 6:43 am
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Hamas Seeks ‘Moderate’ Image as Leader Calls for Israel’s Demise

Yayha Sinwar, the head of Hamas in Gaza, said on Wednesday that his terrorist organization will continue its campaign to fight Israel until it secures "the liberation of all...

March 24, 2017 6:29 am
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Rasmieh Odeh Reportedly Accepts Plea Deal

Palestinian terrorist Rasmieh Odeh, who faces a May 16 retrial for naturalization fraud, reportedly has agreed to plead guilty and leave the United States, in exchange for avoiding...

March 22, 2017 6:22 am
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Hamas Once Again Caught Exploiting Charities to Fund Terror

The Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) recently authorized the release of financial aid for needy Palestinians. The money was supposed to help Gaza's residents purchase...

March 16, 2017 7:07 am
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Israeli Authorities Disrupt More West Bank Terror Cells

In January, Israeli security authorities arrested members of two different Palestinian terrorist cells in the West Bank, according to the Shin Bet. Two of the suspects belonged...

Features

Israeli-German Spat Highlights Europe’s Funding of BDS and Terror

JNS.org - A diplomatic spat between Israel and Germany has provided a prominent platform...

After 130 Years, Poughkeepsie’s Jews Get an Eruv

JNS.org - In the rich, nearly 130-year history of the organized Jewish community in Poughkeepsie, NY, pushing a stroller or...

World

Dozens of Pro-Israel Groups Call on Tufts President to Take Action After BD...

Forty-five pro-Israel organizations signed a letter that was sent on Thursday to the president of Tufts University demanding that action...

Israel

At 69, Israel’s Population Stands at 8.68 Million

JNS.org - Israel has approximately 8.68 million residents, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Thursday, ahead of the country’s 69th Independence Day next week. The number includes 6.48 million Jewish residents, accounting for 74.7 percent...

Middle East

Islamic Cleric Favored by PA President Abbas: Israel Waging War on Muslims ...

Israel is waging war on Muslims with drugs and "sex mania," a leading Islamic cleric in the Palestinian Authority alleged during...

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