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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 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

October 19, 2016 7:47 am

A Brookings Fellow Gives a ‘Neutral’ Briefing to BDS Leaders

On Sunday, a high-profile Brookings Institution senior fellow participated in a national gathering outside of Washington, DC, for an anti-Israel group -- the US Campaign to End the Occupation -- that...

September 27, 2016 7:13 am

CAIR Leader: 9/11 Bill Part of ‘War on Islam’

It might be one of the few things on which Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree: President Obama was wrong Friday when he vetoed the "Justice Against Sponsors of...

September 20, 2016 7:26 am

Palestinian Summer Camps Glorify Terrorists as Attacks Targeting Israelis Surge

Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) continue to brainwash the next generation of Palestinian youth to become terrorists, even as attacks against Israelis have increased...

September 13, 2016 5:02 am

Defying the West, Iran Openly Supports Terror Proxies

Several high profile Iranian officials recently boasted of the Islamic Republic's steadfast support for terrorist organizations committed to opposing Western interests and destroying Israel, according to the Meir...

September 11, 2016 3:30 am

Despite Turkey’s Horrible Abuses, CAIR Continues to Shill for Ankara

A delegation from Turkey's parliament came to Washington last week, in order to make the case for extraditing Fethullah Gülen -- an opposition figure living in self-imposed exile...

September 8, 2016 6:51 am

Women’s Flotilla About Everything But Helping Gaza

Arguably, more humanitarian aid now flows into Gaza than ever before. And strong evidence indicates that Hamas chooses to divert significant amounts of construction material that should...

September 1, 2016 6:26 am

Federal Court Throws Out Huge Judgment Against Palestinian Authority for US Terror Victims

A Federal appeals court tossed out a $655 million civil terrorism judgment against the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Wednesday, ruling that...

August 30, 2016 6:00 am

Canadian Government Outlines Growing Islamic Terrorist Threat

The Canadian government has warned that roughly 60 "extremist travelers" have returned to Canada; it did so in a new report outlining major threats from terrorist organizations including the Islamic...

August 17, 2016 6:33 am

Arrests Suggest Hezbollah Seeking Stronger West Bank Foothold

Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service announced on Tuesday that it disrupted Hezbollah terrorist cells operating in the West Bank planning to conduct attacks against Israelis. The Shin Bet said...

August 16, 2016 5:23 am

UN Special Envoy Calls for Gaza Aid Cutoff as Long as Hamas Is in Power

A special envoy to the United Nations (UN) wants international humanitarian organizations to cease aid transfers to Gaza, "as long as Hamas is in control." Recent reports...

August 10, 2016 6:32 am

Hezbollah Uses Attack Drone, as Offensive Capabilities Grow

A new video reportedly shows Hezbollah conducting drone airstrikes targeting radical Sunni Islamist positions in southern Aleppo. Though it appears that Hezbollah failed to inflict significant damage, the...

August 9, 2016 5:53 am

Erdogan-Gulen Power Struggle Divides European Turks

On the night of July 15, members of the Turkish military stormed the state-run TRT news agency in Ankara and forced an anchorwoman to read...


Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Mass Bar Mitzvah -- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their...


Mulling Bid for Senate, Former Legendary Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling Cha...

A legendary baseball player mulling a run for the US Senate on the Republican ticket asked his interviewer on Friday why Jews...


IDF Coed Commandos Step Up Training for Potential ISIS Attack on Israel Fro...

The IDF battalion charged with safeguarding Israel’s border with Egypt has been stepping up its preparation for potential ISIS attacks from...

Middle East

Dozens of ISIS Militants Killed by Egyptian Airstrikes in Sinai

Around 70 Islamic State militants were killed Sunday morning after Egypt's air force struck a number of outposts in the northern Sinai peninsula, according to local reports. Most of the air...