The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism
The book is as revealing as the title.
Does the FBI manufacture terrorism? Trevor Aaronson says they do. What Aaronson had to say during his book launch in NYC amounted to an expose that wrapped the FBI network of informants and their targeting of Muslims who are type-casted as 'terrorists' among other revelations, and wrapping them in a bombshell ready to go off.
Since the attacks of September 11, the FBI has brought approximately 500 terror cases to trail. Of these cases, 150 people have been involved in sting operations in which the FBI has supplied suspects with materials to act out plans of terror.
His all-revealing bookdocuments how the Federal Bureau of Investigation has built a vast network of informants to infiltrate Muslim communities and, in some cases, cultivate phony terrorist plots.
It is indeed a groundbreaking work of investigative journalism detailing how post 9/11 homeland security strategies targeted a single community, and how American Muslims civil rights eroded in the name of US National Security and US Foreign Policy.
However, Aaronson does not detail how US Foreign Policy and US engagement in two wars necessarily shaped homeland security strategies. It means the lack of details on the core issue, which is the credibility of a rising homegrown terrorism. May be he thought it would take the research as well as the book in too many depths?
His reporting about FBI informants in U.S. Muslim communities resulted in a Mother Jones cover story that won multiple awards, including the John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim excellence in Criminal Justice reporting Award, the Molly National Journalism Prize, and the international Data Journalism Award.
“Compelling, shocking, and gritty with intrigue,” Publishers Weekly calls it and we are thinking, rightfully so!