The Right Profile: Trevor Aaronson Booking Spring Dates on FBI Targeting of Muslim Communities

Posted Thursday December 6th 2012 by Mike McKee

After exposing the FBI's "manufactured war on terrorism" in his award-winning 2011 Mother Jones article, "The Informants", Trevor Aaronson has continued to explore the troubling policy of surveillance and entrapment directed at law-abiding Muslim communities. His new book, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism (Ig Publishing, January 2013), investigates how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants. The primary purpose of this network is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the bureau can then claim victory in the War on Terror. This winter, spring and early summer, Aaronson is setting out to spread the word to audiences, live, throughout the United States.  

Trevor Aaronson is an investigative journalist who specializes in the intersection of national security and civil liberties. He is the co-founder of Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, and has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including the Molly Prize, the international Data Journalism Award and the John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award. He is also a two-time finalist for the prestigious Livingston Awards.

He has been featured on national and international broadcasts including NPR’s All Things Considered, C-SPAN's Washington JournalThis American Life, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera and RT.

Trevor is a seasoned speaker and prepared to talk about topics such as....

  • Are We Catching Terrorists Or Creating Them? How the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice uses informants, many of them crooks and conmen, to lure hapless men into terrorism sting operations, raising questions about entrapment, ethnic and religious targeting, and civil liberties.
  • Privacy in an Age of Surveillance: Surveillance technology intended to prevent a terrorist attack is now being turned on law-abiding U.S. citizens, threatening the personal privacy of every American.
  • Ethnic and Religious Profiling: Since 9/11, the FBI has recruited a network of 15,000 informants. Many are tasked with infiltrating U.S. Muslim communities, and their widespread use has resulted in a minority community whose leaders believe it is constantly under siege.
  • Ethics and Standards in Investigative Reporting: Trevor has won more than two dozen national and regional awards for his investigative journalism and co-founded the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, a leader in collaborative reporting.

Interested in hosting Trevor for an event in your town or university campus? Contact Mike at Aid and Abet with your requests or ideas. Trevor is an absolute road warrior, aiming to visit all areas of the country, from coast to coast and in between.