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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jihad Joe Roundup: Events, Video, Pictures, Writing And More

J.M. Berger, left, takes questions at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington Univeristy during an event launching his new book, "Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam." Frank Cilluffo, right, director of HSPI moderated the session.
I was honored to be a guest of the Homeland Security Policy Institute on Tuesday to discuss my new book, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go To War In The Name Of Islam, the first comprehensive look at the phenomenon of American jihadists.

Everyone was very kind, and many people were generous with their time and help throughout my D.C. visit. I also got to meet some people doing the work of the nation and the work of the media, and the sometimes-grind of trying to learn and teach about terrorism and extremism.

I'll have some reflections on various things discussed during the trip in the days to come, but for now I wanted to share a few multimedia items related to the book that might of interest.

First off, there's a video posted on HSPI's Web site featuring the 90-minute session. The first half hour is me talking, the last hour is a great question-and-answer session I really enjoyed. I want to particularly thank Frank Cilluffo, the head of HSPI, for both the opportunity and his kind words about the book.

The Huffington Post ran a a slideshow of America's Most Wanted Jihadists featured in "Jihad Joe."

I had an opinion column at on the increasing use of guns by terrorists. Sadly, I think this is a problem that we'll be hearing a lot more about in the months to come.

I appeared May 20 on the Fox News Reporting special "Secrets of 9/11" to discuss the role of Anwar Awlaki in the September 11 attacks. You can find even more revelations about Americans who helped the 9/11 hijackers and Anwar Awlaki's role in Jihad Joe.

"Jihad Joe" also reveals the existence of other American support networks for September 11, including infrastructure created by Ali Mohamed, an American citizen and Al Qaeda spy who infiltrated the U.S. Army and played games with the CIA and FBI.

Thanks to everyone who worked on the project for including me, and thanks to everyone who had a good word for my appearance. If they make it available on Hulu, I will link it from the blog.

Click here to see the INTELWIRE exclusive documents featured on the show

Another INTELWIRE exclusive story of note on Awlaki:

U.S. Gave Millions To Charity Linked To Al Qaeda, Anwar Awlaki

An excerpt from "Jihad Joe" dealing with Awlaki:

Anwar Awlaki is NOT the next Osama bin Laden

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    INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.


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