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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


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...

March 14, 2017 10:26 am
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Arab Factions Praise Jordanian Terrorist for Killing Israeli Schoolgirls

After his release from prison on Saturday, Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian factions praised a Jordanian terrorist who shot and killed seven Israeli schoolgirls and injured six others in 1997. "The Islamic...

March 10, 2017 7:30 am
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Hezbollah Continues Recruiting Palestinians to Kill Israelis

The Shin Bet -- Israel's domestic security agency -- recently arrested a Palestinian member of Hezbollah for planning terrorist attacks against Israelis. During the investigation, the Shin Bet...

March 10, 2017 6:31 am
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J Street’s Unusual ‘Support’ for Israel

J Street has an unusual way of showing that it "is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans." J Street was formed in 2008 as a...

March 8, 2017 8:28 am
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Hezbollah’s Ongoing Threat to US National Security

Most analyses of Hezbollah focus on the terrorist group's intervention in Syria, or its threat to Israel. But the Iranian-backed organization maintains a significant presence in...

March 2, 2017 7:30 am
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Two Canadian Imams Call for Death of Jews

Two Canadian imams have attracted media attention for giving incendiary, antisemitic sermons. In the first case, Ryerson University in Toronto announced that it had fired Ayman Elkasrawy from...

February 28, 2017 7:35 am
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Erdogan Critics Beware: Turkey Is Watching

For some Americans, concerns about Russian spying and interference in our elections are growing, with new reports emerging nearly every day. But in Europe, officials are...

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...

Culture

Chutzpah and High Heels: A Sad, Funny, True Story

Chutzpah & High Heels, by Jessica Fishman. 317 pages. Yotzeret Publishing. $15.95. In her new book, Jessica Fishman gives us an...

New Documentary Details Extraordinary Holocaust Escape

JNS.org - The mission to tell the world the story of Jack Kagan's risky escape from a Nazi labor camp consumed Kagan and...

Israeli President Rivlin Witnesses Jewish State’s Technology in Action in Vietnam

JNS.org- Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this week visited the Southeast Asian nation of Vietnam,...

Features

As Recreational Use Clears Hurdle, Medical Cannabis Rides High in Israel

JNS.org - Beyond the scent of cannabis drifting through the venue, there was an extra...

‘Jesus’s Tomb’ Shrine Unveiled After Painstaking Restoration Efforts in Jerusalem

JNS.org - After several months of meticulous restoration work, the shrine that...

Hezbollah Uses Terror Recruitment to Threaten Israel

JNS.org - When it comes to the threat posed by Hezbollah, Israelis often worry about rocket attacks or other conventional arms. But...

Israel

Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman Hints at Keeping Previous Vow to Assass...

“Talk to me about [former Hamas Prime Minister Ismayil] Haniyeh at the end of my term,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor...

Middle East

Iran Sanctions 15 US Companies for Alleged Collusion With Israel

Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a tit-for-tat reaction to...

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