Steven Emerson Biography
Steven Emerson is an American journalist, author, and pundit on national security, terrorism, and Islamic extremism. Emerson is as well known as a terrorist and intelligence expert, while critics have said that he is an Islamophobe.
Steven Emerson Age
Steven was born on June 6th, 1954 in the United States. He is 64 years old as of 2018.
Steven Emerson Family | Young
There is no information about his family and how he was raised up. Steven has not shared any information about his parents and with their occupation, he has also not shared any information him having siblings or elder brothers and sisters
Steven Emerson Married | Wife
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Steven Emerson Education
Emerson was enrolled and later received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1976, and a Master of Arts in sociology in 1977. He later went to Washington, D.C., in 1977 with the intention of putting off his law school studies for a year where worked on staff as an investigator for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee until 1982, and as an executive assistant to Democratic Senator Frank Church of Idaho.
Steven Emerson Career | CNN
Emerson began his career as a freelance writer for The New Republic, for whom he wrote a series of articles in 1982 on the influence of Saudi Arabia on U.S. corporations, law firms, public-relations outfits, and educational institutions. In their pursuit of large contracts with Saudi Arabia, he argued, U.S. businesses became unofficial, unregistered lobbyists for Saudi interests. He later expanded this material in 1985 in his first book, The American House of Saud: The Secret Petrodollar Connection. Emerson has contributed commentaries to Newsmax since July 2009, covering terrorism-related topics.
He later worked for U.S. News and World Report as a senior editor specializing in national security issues. In 1988, he published Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era, a strongly critical review of Ronald Reagan-era efforts to strengthen U.S. covert capabilities. Reviewing the book, The New York Times wrote: “Among the grace notes of Mr. Emerson’s fine book are many small, well-told stories”.
He later co-authored The Fall of Pan Am 103: Inside the Lockerbie Investigation in 1990, which argued for the then-mainstream theory that Iran was behind the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Reviewing the book, The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Emerson and Mr. Duffy have put together a surpassing account of the investigation to date, rich with drama and studded with the sort of anecdotal details that give the story the appearance of depth and weight.” The newspaper listed it as an “editors’ choice” on their Best Sellers List, and cited it as a “notable book of the year”.
He later joined CNN as an investigative correspondent and continued to write about terrorism. In 1991, he published Terrorist: The Inside Story of the Highest-Ranking Iraqi Terrorist Ever to Defect to the West, detailing how Iraq spread and increased its terror network in the 1980s with U.S. support.
While he has testified congressional committees on such topics including Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, some of his more recent statements concerning Muslims in the US and Europe have been criticized for inaccuracies; in particular, some of his claims during a Fox News segment about the relationship between British Muslims and the city of Birmingham were subsequently rebuked by the then British Prime Minister David Cameron and led to a censure of Fox News by Ofcom for the airing of the comments which the broadcasting regulator characterized as “materially misleading” and “a serious breach for a current affairs programme”
It was Emerson’s 1994 documentary Jihad in America that first linked Sami Al-Arian to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). When in February 2003 the U.S. indicted Al-Arian, accusing him of being the North American leader of PIJ and financing and helping support suicide bombings, The New York Times noted that Emerson “has complained about Mr. Al-Arian’s activities in the United States for nearly a decade.” In 2006, Al-Arian pleaded guilty to conspiracy to help a “specially designated terrorist” organization, PIJ, and was sentenced to 57 months in prison, after a jury deadlocked on 9 charges (8 of which the government agreed to drop as part of the plea bargain) and acquitted him on another 8. Al-Arian said that he knew of the terrorist group’s violent acts, though no evidence was admitted at trial showing that he was involved with violent acts.
On February 24, 1998, Emerson testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The foreign terrorist threat in the United States is one of the most important issues we face…. We now face distinct possibilities of mass civilian murder the likes of which have not been seen since World War II.” And just a few months before 9/11, he wrote on May 31, 2001: “Al-Qaeda is … planning new attacks on the US…. [It has] learned, for example, how to destroy large buildings…. Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups … have silently declared war on the US; in turn, we must fight them as we would in a war.”
He later pointed out that the U.S. had missed clues that would have allowed it to focus on al-Qaeda early on. One of the men convicted in the World Trade Center bombing, Ahmad Ajaj, returned to the U.S. from Pakistan in 1992 with a bomb manual later seized by the U.S. An English translation of the document, entered into evidence in the World Trade Center trial, said that the manual was dated 1982, that it had been published in Amman, Jordan, and that it carried a heading on the front and succeeding pages: “The Basic Rule”. But those were all errors, as Emerson pointed out. The heading said “al-Qaeda” – which translates as “The Base”. In addition, the document was published in 1989, a year after al-Qaeda was founded, and the place of publication was Afghanistan, not Jordan.
He was later reported in 2001 by the The New York Times quoted Emerson criticizing the Obama administration’s solicitation of Muslim and Arab-American organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America, which was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in a 2008 case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, whose leaders were convicted of funneling money to Hamas, saying: “I think dialogue is good, but it has to be with genuine moderates. These are the wrong groups to legitimize.” ISNA denies any links to terrorism.
Steven Emerson Net Worth
Emerson has an estimated net worth is at least $6 Million dollars, he is said to have been earning a huge salary from his work.
Steven Emerson Books
- American Jihad
- American Jihad the Terrorists Living Among Us
- Fall Of Pan-Am 103, The
- Jihad Incorporated
- Secret Warriors
- The American House Of Saud