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ISIS: THE STATE OF TERRORJessica Stern and J.M. Berger co-author the forthcoming book, "ISIS: The State of Terror," from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. The book, which will debut in early 2015, will examine the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, its potential fall, how it is transforming the nature of extremist movements, and how we should evaluate the threat it presents. Jessica Stern is a Harvard lecturer on terrorism and the author of the seminal text Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. J.M. Berger is author of the definitive book on American jihadists, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy, and editor of Intelwire.com. Pre-order information will be posted here when it is available.
RECENT J.M. BERGER MEDIA APPEARANCES
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AQ VS. ISIS: STATE OF PLAY
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AL QAEDA VS. THE ISLAMIC STATE
TOP NUSRA FIGURE: WE HAVEN'T HEARD FROM ZAWAHIRI SINCE RIVAL DECLARED 'CALIPHATE'Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri has stopped responding to messages from the terror network's affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al Nusra, according to an extraordinary open letter published online by a top Nusra figure, Abu Maria al Qahtani.
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ISLAMIC STATE MASSACRE PROVOKES BACKLASH AMONG JIHADISTS, DESPITE U.S. AIRSTRIKES
The self-styled Islamic State dealt sparked a major backlash among global jihadists online who were incensed by its reported massacre of 700 tribe members, mostly civilians, in Deir Ezzor province in Syria.
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PANEL DISCUSSION ON AL QAEDA FRACTURES
AL QAEDA FRACTURES
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EXCLUSIVE NEW DOCUMENTS ON AWLAKIINTELWIRE has obtained almost 2,000 pages of files related to Anwar Awlaki under the Freedom of Information Act, including minute entries from the FBI's surveillance of Awlaki after 9/11 and lavish details of his encounters with prostitutes.
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IS SOCIAL MEDIA A GAME CHANGER?
J.M. Berger, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Kelsey Atheron discussed the impact of social media on terrorism, extremism and Middle Eastern conflicts at a panel hosted by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy.
JIHAD JOE BOOK EVENT AT NEW AMERICA
J.M. Berger appeared at the New America Foundation to discuss his book, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, with CNN terrorism analyst and bestselling author Peter Bergen.
The concept of "privacy" is fluid, subjective, contextual, and self-referential -- shifting sands that have come to the forefront in our torturous public debate about NSA surveillance. But our inability to clearly define the concept leaves the door open for abuses.
Full story at Foreign Policy
TWITTER DROPS THE BALL ON TERRORISMThe Westgate mall siege by al-Shabab has once again raised red flags about terrorist use of social media thanks to the al Qaeda affiliate's brazen use of Twitter to promote its attack and threaten Kenyan civilians, during and after the bloody massacre. In the wake of the crisis, the social media service has returned to its policy of studied indifference about the content posted by its users, allowing threats of further violence against Kenyan civilians by al-Shabab, after a brief crackdown during the crisis itself. That's a mistake.
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J.M. BERGER ON TWITTER EXTREMISM:
AN OPEN LETTER TO JIHADISI've spent some years now reading what you write and say to each other, and talking to you directly from time to time. I've been thinking about those conversations a lot, and I have a few things I want to say.
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Over the last week, critics and defenders of the National Security Agency have heatedly debated the merits of metadata -- information about the phone activity of millions of Americans that was given to the government via a secret court order. For some, the collection of these data represent a grave violation of the privacy of American citizens. For others, the privacy issue is negligible, as long as it helps keep us safe from terrorism. There are indeed privacy issues at play here, but they aren't necessarily the obvious ones.
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RECENT STORIES AND BLOG POSTS
J.M. Berger discussed the Boston Marathon bombing with BBC television and radio, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Berger also wrote about the attack for Foreign Policy and spoke with reporters from The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, the Christian Science Monitor, Radio Australia, AFP and many others.
RECALCULATING THE SPLC'S HATE LISTThe Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual "Year in Hate and Extremism" report last week, and as usual, it was terrifying. In an article for the SPLC's Intelligence Report magazine, researchers said they had identified an "all-time high" of 1,360 antigovernment groups active during 2012 and about the same staggering number of hate groups as last year, a total of 1,007. But those numbers are not what they seem.
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THE FBI'S SECRET WAR WITH THE PATRIOTS
An FBI undercover program known as PATCON spent more than two years collecting intelligence on the Patriot movement, without producing a single conviction. Timothy McVeigh was in contact with members of the targeted groups at the time of the investigation, but those links escaped notice, even after the Oklahoma City bombing.
BHUTTO ASSASSINATION: EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTS
Just weeks before Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, she told U.S. State Department officials that Pakistani police had pulled back their protection on her home after a suicide attack on one of her rallies, according to new documents obtained by INTELWIRE through the Freedom of Information Act.
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THE ROOTS OF RADICALIZATION
The Stream, on Al Jazeera English, hosted a discussion of radicalization with Haris Tarin, director of the Washington office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Mubin Shaikh, a former undercover operative with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS); and Intelwire's J.M. Berger.
JIHAD JOE: THE DEFINITIVE RESOURCE ON AMERICAN JIHADISTSJihad Joe: Americans Who Go To War In The Name Of Islam, the critically acclaimed book by INTELWIRE's J.M. Berger, is now available in both Kindle and hardcover editions. Order today! To understand the Americans now fighting in the ranks of the brutal Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, it is important to understand the long and surprising history of American participation in military jihad. Read Jihad Joe, the only comprehensive history of the American jihadist movement, from 1979 through the 21st Century.
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Al Shabab social media sources reported early Thursday that Omar Hammmami, an Alabama native who had joined the Somali terrorist group, had been killed. INTELWIRE editor J.M. Berger rates the reports of Hammami's death and subsequent media reporting as highly credible, making it nearly certain that Hammami's long strange path had come to an end.
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JIHAD JOEJihad Joe: Americans Who Go To War In The Name Of Islam, the new book by INTELWIRE's J.M. Berger, is now available in both Kindle and hardcover editions. Order today!
Jihad Joe is the first comprehensive history of the American jihadist movement, from 1979 through the present. Click here to read more about the critical acclaim Jihad Joe has earned so far, including from the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, Redstate.com and more.
BIG DATA AND EXTREMISM
COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM (CVE)
ONLINE EXTREMISM AND CVE
FBI USE OF INFORMANTS