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The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism Hardcover – January 15, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ig Publishing (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935439618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935439615
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Compelling, shocking, and gritty with intrigue."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)


"A real eye-opener that questions how well the country's security is being protected."-Kirkus Reviews

"This is investigative reporting at its best. For the first time, a documented investigation into the domestic terrorism program is available to the general public. And the story this dogged reporter tells has been garnering growing attention. Is it possible that we have in fact created the very threat we fear? Are we in danger of destroying the fabric of our freedom in our panic to preserve it? Read Aaronson's ground breaking report and make up your own mind."-Lowell Bergman, Pulitzer Prize-winning Professor of Investigative Reporting


"Aaronson explains just how misguided and often deceptive FBI terrorism sting operations have become. In case after case, he demonstrates how the money being spent is more about producing theater than about federal agents arresting suspected terrorists."-James J. Wedick, former FBI Supervisory Agent

"A disturbing window into America's war on terror. In story after story, Aaronson reveals in detail how the FBI and its informants are creating crime rather than solving it. This is an important piece of journalism."--Alexandra Natapoff, author, Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice

“The Terror Factoryis a damning exposé of how the government’s front line against terrorism has become a network of snitches at the end of their ropes, and FBI agents desperate to thwart a terrorist plot even if it means creating one.”–Will Potter, author, Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege


About the Author

Trevor Aaronson is an accomplished investigative journalist. He has written about the FBI for Mother Jones magazine and produced a documentary about informants for Al Jazeera Media Network. A two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards, Aaronson has won the Molly National Journalism Prize, the international Data Journalism Award and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award.

More About the Author

Trevor Aaronson is author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism (Ig Publishing, January 2013). He has written about the FBI for Mother Jones magazine and produced a documentary about informants for Al Jazeera Media Network.

Aaronson co-founded the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and was an investigative reporting fellow at the University of California-Berkeley.

A two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards for journalists under the age of 35, Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including the Molly National Journalism Prize, the international Data Journalism Award, and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award.

Aaronson has discussed FBI counterterrorism operations on CBS This Morning, NPR's All Things Considered, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, This American Life, Democracy Now!, MSNBC and Al Jazeera English, among others.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Scott on January 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Prosecutions of *actual* terrorists in America since 9/11/01 can be counted on one hand (Moussoui, Zazi, Shazad, Abdulmuttalab). All of the rest are bogus, with at least 50 being straight-up entrapment jobs by the FBI and their handsomely paid (by you) informants.

The next time some real terrorists plot to blow something up in America, the FBI will no doubt miss it, being too busy tricking the slowest kid down at the Islamic bookstore into praising Osama for the promise of $20,000.

The courts have let them get away with it, so thank goodness there are a few decent reporters left willing to challenge the feds on their third-world ways.

Trevor Aaronson ably describes the FBI agent-informant entrapment business, tells the story of wholly innocent and mostly-innocent people who could-would never have become terrorists but for the provocateur sent to frame them up, the ruthless blackmail used by the feds to terrorize average Joe Muslims to become informants/provocateurs, the perverse incentives driving them to continue the same policy and the mass media credulity that helps make it all possible.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David Swanson on February 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A careful study of the FBI's own data on terrorism in the United States, reported in Trevor Aaronson's book The Terror Factory, finds one organization leading all others in creating terrorist plots in the United States: the FBI.

Imagine an incompetent bureaucrat. Now imagine a corrupt one. Now imagine both combined. You're starting to get at the image I take away of some of the FBI agents' actions recounted in this book.

Now imagine someone both dumb enough to be manipulated by one of those bureaucrats and hopelessly criminal, often sociopathic, and generally at the mercy of the criminal or immigration courts. Now you're down to the level of the FBI informant, of which we the Sacred-Taxpayers-Who-Shall-Defund-Our-Own-Retirement employ some 15,000 now, dramatically more than ever before. And we pay them very well.

Then try to picture someone so naive, incompetent, desperate, out-of-place, or deranged as to be manipulable by an FBI informant. Now you're at the level of the evil terrorist masterminds out to blow up our skyscrapers.

Well, not really. They're actually almost entirely bumbling morons who couldn't tie their own shoes or buy the laces without FBI instigation and support. The FBI plants the ideas, makes the plans, provides the fake weapons and money, creates the attempted act of terrorism, makes an arrest, and announces the salvation of the nation.

Over and over again. The procedure has become so regular that intended marks have spotted the sting being worked on them simply by googling the name or phone number of the bozo pretending to recruit them into the terrorist brotherhood, and discovering that he's a serial informant.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Scott on February 21, 2013
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The book is a well researched expose of what has gone wrong with the fbi. They are now manufacturing crime so they can arrest "terrorists". This should be a must read by everyone concerned about this country.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Victor M. Trinidad on April 22, 2013
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If you want to know what really happened in Boston and who carried the crime, look no further than Trevor Aaronson's book, "The Terror Factory." America, please pull your head out of your rear end. What happened in Boston was nothing more than another false flag terrorist act orchestrated by our FBI. I was at Dulles Int'l Airport last week in transit to San Francisco when I first heard the news. I realized that what was being reported on was carried out by the FBI when the reporter stated that shortly after the two blasts, the FBI found another two bombs that had not exploded. Of course the FBI found those bombs, after all, they planted them there. Like 9/11 and other terrorist acts that followed, our mainstream news media goes out of their way to sensationalize the event and to provide the listening public with misinformation, distorted facts and outright lies. If you don't believe me, simply take the time, like I have, to read the groundbreaking work of investigative journalism by Trevor Aaronson in his recent book "The Terror Factory - Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism". I also strongly recommend the following books: Christopher Bollyn's book "Solving 9/11: The Deception That Changed the World"; Former CIA Asset Susan Lindauer's book "Extreme Prejudice"; and, David Ray Griffin's recent book (he has written ten books about 9/11) "9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed." Said books should be mandatory reading for all Americans.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Blake on January 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I thought journalism was dead! It lives!

The author documents how the FBI has coerced and intimidated Muslims throughout the country to become spies in their own communities.

It is a well written, investigated and documented account of how the civil and human rights of Muslims in America have been consistently violated by federal law enforcement's aggressive tactics.

This is a must read for every teabagger who is paranoid and afraid of their own government. There is one group of Americans who should actually be paranoid!
There is a new civil rights struggle in America and this book investigates the eroding of their fundamental freedoms.

America is better than this and I believe this book highlights why it is wrong to target anyone for their race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin or disability!

America is a nation of immigrants and we need to standup for our brothers and sisters!
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