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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


February 22, 2017 7:58 am
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Iran’s Leader Urges Palestinians to Launch Violent Uprising

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is urging Palestinians to launch another violent "intifada" targeting Israelis, according to Reuters. Speaking at a recent conference in Tehran,...

February 20, 2017 7:22 am
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Is Venezuela a State Sponsor of Terrorism?

The US intelligence community has long considered Tareck El Aissami to be a key figure in the global narcotics trade, with significant ties to Iran. He has...

February 16, 2017 7:10 am
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Maryland Mosque Lauds Pakistani Assassin

On Sunday, an American mosque glorified a terrorist responsible for killing a Pakistani governor who was critical of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, the Rabwah Times reported. Salman Taseer, the...

February 15, 2017 7:48 am
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Prosecutors Seeks Testimony of Rasmieh Odeh’s Co-Conspirators

Federal prosecutors want to travel to the Middle East to question two women who previously have acknowledged helping Rasmieh Odeh bomb a Jerusalem supermarket (and the British...

February 13, 2017 5:50 am
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ISIS Terrorists Tapping Organized Crime to Infiltrate Europe

With the help of organized crime organizations, ISIS terrorists are reportedly buying legitimate British passports that can evade detection by security authorities, the Daily Beast reports. An Italian intelligence...

February 9, 2017 8:35 am
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Defections Challenge Hamas’ Cooperation With ISIS

Hamas continues to want it both ways when it comes to the Islamic State -- trying to suppress ISIS-inspired jihadists in Gaza, while simultaneously cooperating with the...

February 7, 2017 7:36 am
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Israel Foils Another Hamas Kidnapping and Murder Plot

Israeli security forces indicted three Palestinians on Monday, saying they were part of a Hamas terrorist cell planning to kidnap and kill Israelis in the West Bank...

February 3, 2017 5:44 am
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Fordham University Facing Backlash for Rejecting SJP on Campus

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) recently condemned Fordham University for banning the radical group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) from campus. The NLG claims that Fordham's decision...

January 30, 2017 7:19 am
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New Study Emphasizes Islamism as Terrorist Foreign Fighters’ Main Motivation

Some prominent public figures and officials often claim that Islam has nothing to do with the jihadist terrorist violence spreading throughout the world. A recent...

January 27, 2017 6:20 am
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Women’s March Figure Linda Sarsour’s Radical Background, Ties

By all accounts, last Saturday's Women's March protests generated huge crowds in Washington, DC and throughout the country. It also has triggered a heated debate, playing out largely...

January 20, 2017 5:48 am
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How John Kerry Secretly Lobbied to Get CAIR Removed From UAE’s Terrorist Organization List

On November 16, 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the unusual step of designating the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim American Society (MAS) as terrorist organizations. They were among...

January 13, 2017 7:07 am
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Prominent Islamists Make Last-Ditch Effort to Free Hamas Supporters in the US

As President Obama's tenure reaches its final days, Islamists in the United States are waging a furious lobbying campaign aimed at securing the freedom of...

January 1, 2017 7:30 am
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The New Axis of Evil (or Comedy): CAIR, JVP and the Huffington Post

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has finally found a Jewish group that it likes. At its annual banquet on December 17, CAIR gave its new "Defender of...

December 30, 2016 12:19 pm
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New Middle East Forum Manual Spotlights Islamist Apologists

American Islamists often depend on prominent non-Muslims to disseminate their propaganda. In a new report, the Middle East Forum's (MEF) Islamist Watch profiles 15 prominent examples...

Culture

Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions Found in Galilee Synagogue

JNS.org - Two ancient Hebrew inscriptions dating back some 1,800 years were found in the courtyard of an ancient synagogue in the...

Leah Adler, Steven Spielberg’s Mother, Dies at Age 97

She was a concert pianist and a painter and most recently the owner of a kosher restaurant in Los Angeles...

Features

International Jewish Youth Convention’s Delicate Balancing Act On Refugee Debate

JNS.org -- In an ever-polarized American era, nonprofits often need to decide how to make...

International Conference of Jewish Teens About Vision and Resolve

JNS.org -- My interview with Aaron Mantell and Danielle Wadler, two teens from New York’s Long Island region, was drowned out by...

Donald Trump Should Buy a Suit From This Holocaust Survivor

Although it seems trivial to critique the clothing of a politician, GQ, Stephen Colbert and even a tailor from London all recently commented on President Donald Trump's...

World

Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: All Hands on Deck Required for Fight Against An...

The fight against antisemitism in the US requires “all hands on deck,” the editor-in-chief of The Algemeiner said during an i24...

Israel

IDF Soldier Handed 18-Month Prison Sentence for Killing Neutralized Palesti...

JNS.org - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Elor Azaria, convicted on manslaughter charges for shooting and killing an incapacitated terrorist...

Middle East

Israeli Military Chief: We Are Operating ‘Under the Radar’ to Keep Hezb...

The IDF is “operating under the radar to prevent Hezbollah from getting stronger,” Israel’s military chief told a key Knesset...

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