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American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us
     

American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us

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by Steven Emerson
 

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Leading the second wave of post 9/11 terrorist books, American Jihad reveals that America is rampant with Islamic terrorist networks and sleeper cells and Emerson, the expert on them, explains just how close they are to each of us.

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Leading the second wave of post 9/11 terrorist books, American Jihad reveals that America is rampant with Islamic terrorist networks and sleeper cells and Emerson, the expert on them, explains just how close they are to each of us.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Ethan Bronner The New York Times Book Review Emerson is an investigator who has performed a genuine service...His information should be taken seriously.

Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe The indispensable guide to American Muslim extremists and their ties to international terrorism.

Richmond Times-Dispatch The book is thorough and audacious — and sobering. American Jihad belongs on the required reading list.

Oliver Revell Former FBI Assistant Director in Charge of Counterterrorism It may be that Mr. Emerson is actually better informed in some areas than the responsible agencies of government.

Melissa Radler The Jerusalem Post It is hard to think of anyone who has done more extensive research in the area. The things that worry Emerson should worry America at large.

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After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government sent troops into Afghanistan in an attempt to root out those responsible and bring them to justice. But what about domestic terrorism? Are there al Qaeda cells at work within our borders? If so, how many potential terrorists are involved? Steven Emerson, an expert on Islamic terrorism, has spent many years covering this vitally important story; he's gotten so involved in it that his own life has been threatened. Here, he reveals what he's uncovered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743234351
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
02/04/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
566,684
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.70(d)

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Introduction

"TAKE UP ARMS AND ARMS ALONE!"

The veiled commander stood up, a Hamas flag in one hand and a Koran in the other. The crowd roared "Allahu akbar walillahi'l-hamd!" ("Allah is great and to Allah we give praise!") — the slogan of the international Muslim Brotherhood movement. This was the moment everyone seemed to have been waiting for.

His face still veiled in a red-and-white checkered keffiyeh, the Hamas commander spoke: "Greetings...from the occupied land...I extend thanks to all those who stood on our side at times when our allies were few." He gave a report describing in methodical detail Hamas terrorist attacks, reveling in the bloody results of each assault: "Naturally the war has moved into Israel's '48 boundaries. One day in Tel Aviv, one of the brothers entered a building and began stabbing all the people....The last operation I am going to tell you about is the operation of the bus —"

The anticipation was too great — shouts of "Allahu akbar!" erupted from the crowd, which sensed exactly what he was going to discuss. "[One of our fighters] was on the bus to Jerusalem, Bus 405 and he steered it off the road....And the bus plunged...sixteen Jewish soldiers were killed!" In fact, seventeen civilians, including one American, were killed when a fundamentalist steered this particular bus into a ravine. "...I call upon my brothers to take up arms with us...to take up arms and arms alone!" The crowd responded with a thunderous ovation and chanting of "Allahu akbar!"

The date: 1989. The location: Kansas City. The commander was addressing and thanking the Islamic Association for Palestine and the Occupied Land Fund, two organizations holding a conference in the country they called home.

The dream of a world under Islam has engendered Muslim dissidents everywhere in the world over the last two decades. Almost every Islamic country has its militant faction, often two or three. The Hamas of Palestine, Hizballah of Iran, the Islamic Salvation Front and Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, An-Nahda of Tunisia, the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya of Egypt, the Jama'at Muslimeen of Pakistan, and the Holy Warriors of the Philippines and Chechnya — all share the same goal of an Islamic world, or, as they refer to it, a Khilafah.

In the past twelve years, however, these groups have achieved a new level of coordination, owing to their exploitation of the civil liberties of the United States. None of these small national groups was ever able to coordinate its worldwide efforts with the others until they came to the United States. Operating in our open society, with freedom of speech and assembly and with only casual oversight from the FBI, the CIA, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the worldwide network of militant Islamic organizations has finally been able to coordinate. They have operated here both in order to direct activities in the Middle East, and to target America. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, were only part of the results.

After September 11, 2001, everyone in America knows full well the power and persistence of these militant radical groups. It is a certainty that terrorists, already living among us, will continue to pursue their destructive agenda. Whether they succeed may depend in part upon whether we can recognize how they operate. This book offers a twelve-year-long story of the arrival and flourishing of terrorists in the United States, explaining where they are, how they interconnect, how they recruit, how they raise money, and how they use our legal system as a cover.

Call it jihad, American style — or the American Jihad.

Copyright © 2002 by Steven Emerson

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Ethan Bronner The New York Times Book Review Emerson is an investigator who has performed a genuine service...His information should be taken seriously.

Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe The indispensable guide to American Muslim extremists and their ties to international terrorism.

Richmond Times-Dispatch The book is thorough and audacious — and sobering. American Jihad belongs on the required reading list.

Oliver Revell Former FBI Assistant Director in Charge of Counterterrorism It may be that Mr. Emerson is actually better informed in some areas than the responsible agencies of government.

Melissa Radler The Jerusalem Post It is hard to think of anyone who has done more extensive research in the area. The things that worry Emerson should worry America at large.

Meet the Author


Steven Emerson is Executive Director of The Investigative Project, the largest intelligence and data-gathering center in the world on militant Islamic activities. He is also an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in Islamic terrorism. His 1994 documentary, "Jihad in America," won the George Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Investigative Reporters and Editors' Award for best national investigation into criminal activity. His previous books include The Fall of Pan Am 103, co-authored with Brian Duffy (1990), and Terrorist: The Inside Story of the Highest-Ranking Iraqi Terrorist Ever to Defect to the West, co-authored with Cristina del Sesto (1991). His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. From 1986 to 1990 he was the national security correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, and from 1990 to 1993 he worked for CNN, until leaving to work on his documentary.

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American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Beirut768 More than 1 year ago
The perception that JIHAD is exclusively associated with `terrorism' is utterly wrong.
JIHAD in Islam doesn't mean `bloodshed fighting'.
JIHAD of a Muslim is to exert efforts, struggle and strive for the better.

{{The term 'Holy War' was actually introduced by the Crusaders for the control of the `Holy Land' (Jerusalem in particular), for political and reasons of expansionism}}

The term: `Greater JIHAD', while to nowadays' Western ears is equated with `slaughter'; in the Muslim parlance it actually means the struggle against one's soul. Evil vs. Good.

Muslim scholars explain (and teach) the meanings of JIHAD in reference to the following distinguished syllables.

Jihad to improve one's learning of science and philosophy to acquire additional knowledge to reason and rationalize one's daily actions and approaches.

Jihad of the heart and the soul to quench the evil in one's mind through adherence to monotheism, (there is but one God).

Jihad of the tongue, supportive of equanimity and struggle against the use of mean vocabulary, gutter writing, not even to induce someone to convert into one's faith by force or by the allure of money. Nor would one propagate military and political dogmas.

Jihad by the hand, meaning to use one's wealth for the good of the needy and the poor, and to take care of the elderly parents.

Jihad through peaceful coexistance everywhere in the world.

Jihad by the sword refers to fighting for God's sake.

I am Christian and have been living in the vast Arab world for sixty three years, my admiration and confidence in my Muslim friends never faltered nor will it begin to slip based on the present threats of extremists from any faith. The Good will continue to outnumber the Evil by leaps and bounds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a lot of respect for Mr. Emerson in that he was one of the few journalists to chase down the islamofascists in our backyard. However, the book is somewhat dated now, and the material is somewhat superficial concerning Al Qaeda. The whole subject is covered better in Paul Sperry's Infiltration. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read the part about the muslim youth rally. I don't understand why a group of 30 teens are being used to repersent the 7 million muslims residing in the united states. It seems unfair to call all muslim organizations terrorists because of a small radical group. Do we judge all christians the way we see the KKK? What we didn't hear about is the undercover jewish terrorist organizations that include elite members of American agencies. Seriously, I'm muslim and I have NEVER in my life heard about these extremist rallies. This book just proves the hatred towards muslims.
saxmanDM More than 1 year ago
Every American citizen needs to real this book about the Muslim threat to our beloved country!
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This was truly enlightening especially in light of the arrest of Najibullah Zazi in Denver last month. Terrorist are among us and we should be watchful, alert and responsive to what is going on around us.
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nomistake More than 1 year ago
This allows us to see what is really going on and that the US Government does not have a handle on these problems. For those that criticize your work must be those who have something or someone to hide.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
¿The Terrorists are among us¿ he is right and Steve Emerson is one of them because he is spreading propaganda to create a terror from American Muslims. Don¿t you think if they were sleeper cells in the US they would have been woken up by now especially when Israel and the US government are doing much of the killing around the world (hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians). Sept 11 was ¿not¿ the work of 19 Muslim hijackers, do your research and you should find the truth, and the overwhelming evidence is on the internet. Don¿t depend on the US News media and bigots or so called experts like Steve Emerson for your information or you¿ll be in the dark and you would misinformed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿The formula was simple: use the laws, freedoms, and loopholes of the most liberal nation on earth to help finance and direct the most violent international terrorism groups in the world.¿ (p. 111) The author describes where and how he got videotapes of speeches, terrorist training manuals, instructions for making bombs, materials for forging passports and other legal documents, etc. He presents his own experiences in attending speeches in mosques, talking to people, etc. The result is a picture of militant Islamists taking over the leadership of religious and charitable Muslim organizations in the United States and using them for (1) a base of operations and support, (2) a base for recruitment and conversion of Muslims to fundamentalist Islam, and (3) a base for networking with each other. He makes a convincing case that not only Al Qaeda, but Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hisballah, National Islamic Front, Muslim Brotherhood, Algerian Islamic Salvation Front, Algerian Armed Islamic Group, and others are established in the United States and are meeting and loosely working together. ¿In focusing only on Al-Qaeda as the group most threatening to the United States, the government and much of the media are making a strategic and fatal error.¿ (p. 193 paperback edition). He names names, gives dates and continually cites evidence and sources. The cities hosting these groups are: Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Tucson, Arlington TX, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Plainfield IN, Columbia MO, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Charlotte NC, Raleigh NC, Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton FL, Springfield VA, Herndon VA, Washington DC, Potomac MD, Laurel MD, New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston. This, as of 2003. The author also shows how Islamic operatives have utilized American universities to house and legitimate their front organizations ¿all in the name of `multiculturalism¿.¿ (p. 111) The author devotes a whole chapter to a detailed case study of exactly what and how this was done. (For a narrative account of how this hospitable climate came to exist in Academia, see The Rape of Alma Mater.) The author does not forecast the outcome. ¿But one thing is certain. Unless we are able to recognize and define the enemy¿militant Islamic fundamentalists¿without fear of being castigated as racist, then we will certainly lose.¿ (p. 195 PB ed.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! I have spent the last 19 years traveling and working in the Middle East. I agree with the author that not all Muslims are terrorists any more than all Germans were Nazis, but Fundamentalist Islam is a serious and present threat to our Western way of life and must be confronted before it kills even more American Citizens than it already has. Due to the PC crowd, any inquiry into this fundamentalism will bring charges of intolerance or racism from the 'useful idiots' among us. When there is a group of people that teach their kids it is honorable to kill another group of people due to their religion, nationality or ethnic background you must deal with it or prepare to eventually give up your own beliefs under penalty of death. No thanks! I will fight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an ex-Muslim like myself, I think dangers posed by potential Islamist terrorist can geopardize lives of non-believers like me. Steve is doing a great job. I think if Steve were a product of Islamic heritage, many of his detractors would have one less point to gripe about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This remarkable book is an absolute `must read'. The author reveals through his exhaustive investigations, how Islamic terrorists living in the West, (primarily in the USA), have used our open society, freedom of speech and civil liberties to create and coordinate an Islamic Worldwide terrorist network intent upon Worldwide domination and Islamic expansion. The writer exposes the ease in which these many Islamic terrorist groups have been successful in the US by exploiting the freedom enshrined in the US Constitution. Just as disturbing are the revelations of the casualness and seeming impotence of the security services in dealing with the threats. It is surprising & alarming to learn that the national security establishment was completely unaware of things to come. Calls for Jihad against Israel and the West, from within the US soil itself during the 1980's going completely unnoticed. The book reads like a novel, but it's reality and immediacy will at times take your breath away. Having read this book, one can be left in no doubt that, if not apprehended, these Islamic terrorists living amongst us in the US and many other locations within the International community, will clearly pursue their destructive agenda of which the September 11 2001 atrocities were only the forerunners of many attacks yet to come. The writer reveals that when presenting his own considerable evidence of terrorist activities within the US in November 1994, he was amazed at how prominent mainstream elements of the media downplayed or ridiculed him. Accusations of `racism' and `crusader' were directed at him amongst the death threats from Islamic entities. Many sections of this book will shock you. One such case is how the author was personally able to purchase a number of videos readily on display at a Yemeni grocery store in Brooklyn. Videos which revealed in detail the torture until confession of alleged Palestinian `collaborators' with Israel. Victims who were tortured and upon confession executed. One can but commend the author's extensive research and the highly readable manner in which he has presented it here. Hopefully, the revelations within this book have now been taken seriously by the security services of the Western World, especially as war with Iraq appears imminent. Thank you for your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In American Jihad, Emerson reveals the full story that only he knows. This is a frightening and crucial book for anyone who needs to understand the threat within our borders. Steven Emerson, hailed as 'the nation's leading expert on Islamist terrorism,' has been working full-time since 1993 to track the spread of terrorist networks to our shores, even at great personal risk. In 1995, not long after the release of his PBS documentary 'Jihad in America,' he was informed by federal officials that a South African Islamist death squad had been dispatched after him, and told that he should leave his home immediately. Since then he has not maintained a home address, though he has continued to write and testify under his own name. With the help of a staff of researchers he has followed the terrorists' monetary sources, monitored their attacks and plans, exposed their ties to charitable foundations, and assisted a variety of government agencies in the battle against them. He has obtained videotaped evidence of terrorist training camps and conferences, and tracked the international connections of American operatives to over a dozen organizations. This work is frightening, yet must be done, and he's done it. My personal recommend as a great stress relief after reading ( while reading ) this book is COCKPIT CONFESSIONS OF AN AIRLINE PILOT, Keshner's classic work of comedy, and in-your-face brilliant story telling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is politically motivated to argue that all Muslims living in the United States are somehow linked or potentially linked to terrorism. Emerson is in the same group with Daniel Pipes in waging a Jewish crusade against Islam in the United States, while Pat Peterson and Jerry Falwell are their Christian counterparts. These people are just too disturbed emotionally and mentally about the numeric rise of Muslims in the country and try to convince the authorities to limit the Muslim migration. American Jihad is simply too simplistic about its assertions and generalizations, but worth of keeping as an case of traumatic political writing for some psychological analysis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emerson definitely gives a frightening inside look at the terrorists living amongst us. After 9/11, I noticed people looking at Arabs and Muslims, and even non-Muslims like Hindus and Sikhs, with suspicion. Emerson makes that point that the terrorist sleeper cells are living among us and could be anyone. They could be your neighbors for all you know. But more importantly, this is not a call to round-up all the Muslims of America and put them into interrement camps like we did with the Japanese in WWII. The vast majority of Muslims in America, and the world, are peaceful people and do not support terrorism. Emerson himself has said this in interviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emerson's book is an important contribution to the national discussion on terrorism post 9/11. It is particularly significant because Emerson resolutely refuses the politically correct party line that 'Muslims are not the enemy', or that 'Arab-American civil rights are being trampled.' To the contrary--he is willing to declare those politically correct creeds the equivalent of the Emperor's New Clothes. Yes, Virginia, there *is* a mainstream vein of Islam that believes that America is evil, that terror attacks on civilian targets are a legitimate means of accomplishing a political objective, and that the duty of jihad extends within our borders. Moreover, Emerson is willing to point fingers at many of our very own Arab-Americans (both naturalized, and native-born, believe it or not). The brutal honesty of these two observations are, by themselves, remarkable. In the immediate days after 9/11 we all saw the file footage of Palestinians in Jordan and the occupied territories cheering at the collapse of the Twin Towers--but now those images have been whitewashed from the history of 9/11. Those were isolated incidents, we are told. And Emerson's concerns about a domestic 5th column aren't exactly misplaced, either, as just today the FBI arrested 5 Arab-Americans in Detroit for aiding and abetting terrorist plots throughout the world, including within the US. Emerson's views are politically incorrect, and for that he has been labelled a 'racist' and 'anti-Muslim.' I prefer to think of him as simply a truth teller. Until more of us in the United States recognize the pernicious quality of fundamental Islam, and until the secular Islamic community itself accespts responsibility in part for the 'terror as political instrument' strategy waged by Al Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc., there can be no real progress towards peace. Steven Emerson tells it like it is, and every American should read is book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well researched, this book details the threat Muslim extremists have been building in the US beginning 15-20 years ago. Even today, many of these groups are ignored, or even honored by our Government. (Look at the recent appearance by the director of the FBI at an American Muslim Council meeting.) This is a must read for all Americans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Emerson provides an easy-to-read primer on what is probably the most important topic of our time. He provides the reader with information on the various terrorist groups that are operating right here on our own soil. What sets this book apart from others on similar topics is that most of the author's data is firsthand; in one way or another, he has actually seen and talked to the people he writes about. The book will 'hit home' with anyone, when it becomes apparent that the activities described herein are occurring right in our own neighborhoods. This was my case, when I read on these pages of someone I knew well, who 'took on' the terrorists, and suddenly died. My suspicions are now raised. The book will not make you paranoid, but will make you more aware of the threat of terror within our own borders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These animals are now in the open. I just hope that Americans read this book. It exposes the infiltration of the terrorists groups that have come to our great country to take advantage of the freedoms that we give. These freedoms are then used to kill us. More than anything else, this book reminds us that while there MAY be moderate muslims, islam itself is not moderate. It also exposes the climinal neglect by the clinton administation and our security forces to combate this. When Emerson first discovered the murderous rhetoric that was being preached on our shores and contacted the FBI, he was told that there was nothing that they could do because of the law against 'blanket survelliance.' Just another indication of how the liberal, CIA is a dirty organization, America should be holyier than thou attitutes that started in the 60's eventually led to Sept 11, and allowed the terrorist living among us to laugh at our freedoms while they licked their chops in anticipation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great introduction to terrorist activities here in the United States. American Jihad is very readable and I easily digested it in an evening. For those looking for 'proof', there are extensive footnotes to support the author's claims. The only fault I found with this book is that about half-way through my eyes started to glaze over reading the details showing how various players were connected to different organizations. However, without that detail I'm sure the book would be critized for making unsubstantiated claims. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in an overview of how terrorist organizations have developed in the United States over the last decade.