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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

January 23, 2020 10:01 am

Investigations Expose Sunni and Shia Terror Threats in Germany

German police conducted counter-terrorism raids across the country last week, arresting multiple alleged Islamists suspected of "planning a serious violent act endangering the state." According...

January 5, 2020 6:58 am

From the Levant to Iraq, Israel Is Also Countering Iran

While the recent US military action against Iran and Iranian-affiliated targets marks a significant development, Israel also continues to be a leader when it comes...

December 8, 2019 6:03 am

Fighting for Control and Concessions: Hamas Pauses Border Riots to Quell Dissent

Since March 2018, Hamas has held near-weekly violent protests on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. It sent busloads of Palestinian men to the Israeli...

December 6, 2019 10:24 am

Linda Sarsour Thinks You Can’t Hear or Read

The first thing Linda Sarsour likes to say in her speeches is that she is unapologetic. Unapologetically in favor of a boycott against the world's...

December 5, 2019 8:18 am

US Muslim Group Proudly Brags of Dealing with ‘Zionism’ on a ‘Daily Basis’

Its leaders won't condemn terrorist groups like Hamas or Hezbollah, but the founder and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says his...

November 20, 2019 2:59 pm

Blind Hate Against Israel Displayed at Palestinian Times Square Rally

As the Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilian communities last week, a coalition of supposed peace groups organized a Times Square...

November 4, 2019 7:12 am

How Hezbollah Recruits Palestinian Terrorists

A lot of attention has been devoted to the Islamic State's use of the Internet to inspire or direct international terrorist attacks. But little has...

September 20, 2019 10:04 am

Antisemite Billoo Lashes Out After Being Dumped by Women’s March

Zahra Billoo's tenure as a board member for the national Women's March lasted three days. She is the victim of "an Islamophobic smear campaign," she claimed,...

September 17, 2019 4:47 am

Women’s March Taps Troubling Figure in Wake of Antisemitism Issues

The Washington Post reported something that looked like good news. Three board members at the national Women's March who were involved in a series of...

September 5, 2019 5:40 am

New Report Exposes Hezbollah’s Terrorist ‘Media Empire’

Hezbollah used its Al-Manar television network on Monday to broadcast footage that it claims shows a missile strike targeting an Israeli military vehicle a day...

August 21, 2019 9:10 am

Omar and Tlaib Use Their Controversy to Push Anti-Israel Propaganda

US Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib held a news conference on Monday to condemn the Israeli government for last week's decision banning the Congresswomen...

August 16, 2019 7:56 am

Rashida Tlaib Met With Another Terror Supporter

In politics, once can be an oversight. But twice is a pattern. When US Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) was photographed with an avowed Hezbollah supporter in...

August 8, 2019 6:13 am

Blind Anti-Israel Hate Drives the Campaign to Fire Jake Tapper

If Saturday's horrifying terrorist attack on an El Paso Walmart had taken place in Jerusalem, leaving 22 Israelis dead, the killer would rot in jail...

July 30, 2019 6:57 am

How Hezbollah Uses Sports to Indoctrinate Children

Hezbollah established educational and athletic networks, including its "Sports Mobilization" network, to indoctrinate young people into embracing the terrorist organization's radical ideology, a recent Meir...


From Harlem to Tel Aviv: Aulcie Perry’s Basketball Journey

Legendary basketball player Aulcie Perry’s life has been remarkable on and off the court.  This African-American athlete’s life changed dramatically after...

Kids in the Kitchen Light Up Hanukkah - Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is one of those holidays that takes over everything. The pantry overflows with...

Give It Up for the (Israeli) Kids: Hanukkah and Charity Drives - The staff and volunteers at Yad Ezra V’Shulamit’s children’s center in Jerusalem began noticing that one little girl...


German Foreign Minister Proposes Action Plan to Fight Antisemitism, Prevent...

Germany’s Foreign Minister expressed fear on Sunday that Jews may flee his country due to antisemitic violence and proposed an...


Netanyahu Embarks on Trip to Washington to Discuss Israeli-Arab Peace Plan ...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he and President Donald Trump “will make history” on Tuesday when...

Middle East

‘No, No America’: Iraq Protesters Demand US Military Pullout

Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of US troops, but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite fears of...

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