Baran is a senior fellow (on leave) at the Hudson Institute ‘s Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World. She is the author of “Citizen Islam: The Future of Muslim Integration in the West”, “Torn Country: Turkey Between Secularism and Islamism” and the editor of “The Other Muslims: Moderate and Secular”. In 2008, she published an analysis of the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. network for the journal “Current Trends in Islamist Ideology”.
Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Breinholt headed the Justice Department’s terrorist financing enforcement program and helped found an FBI unit dedicated to tracking international terrorist fundraising inside the United States. He is senior fellow and director of national security law at the International Assessment and Strategy Center.
Dreher is a former columnist and editorial writer for the Dallas Morning News and blogger for BeliefNet.com. He followed the Holy Land Foundation trial of 2007 after several years of interacting with the leaders of the Muslim community in Dallas. In late 2009, Dreher left the Dallas Morning News for the John Templeton Foundation, where he served as director of publications. In 2011, Dreher announced that he was leaving the foundation to return to full-time writing, editing and blogging.
Emerson is considered a leading authority on Islamic extremist networks, financing and operations. He is executive director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism. Emerson produced the documentary Jihad in America for which he received the George Polk Award and is author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us and Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the U.S.
Fandy is president of Fandy Associates, a Washington, D.C., think tank and research group. He is also a senior fellow at the Baker Institute and the United States Institute of Peace. The author of (Un)Civil War of Words: Media and Politics in the Arab World, Fandy has extensively studied the Muslim Brotherhood.
Farah is a former investigative reporter for the Washington Post and a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. He is the author of Blood From Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror and Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible.
Garrett is a former FBI agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney charged with investigating terrorist financing after September 11. He helped prosecute the Holy Land Foundation, a Hamas-linked charity, in a case that exposed the Muslim Brotherhood’s American network. Today he practices law with Graves Bartle Marcus & Garrett, LLC.
Hamilton is a former unit chief of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. Hamilton served the FBI for 22 years, during which time he worked in the Denver, Houston and Washington Field Offices.
Helbawy joined the Muslim Brotherhood at age 12 and was its official spokesman in the West during the 1990s. He was a founding member of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth and the Muslim Council of Britain and theMuslim Association of Britain. He returned to Egypt after the overthrow of Mubarak, where he says he is working toward the creation of an international United Islamic States.
Jasser is the chairman of the board and founding member of theAmerican Islamic Forum for Democracy, a think tank dedicated to supporting the expression of Islam that shares the spirit of American democracy and the U.S. Constitution. In 1999, Jasser received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy.
Lakhdar fought for the Islamist cause for nearly 20 years as an Algerian revolutionary. Time and events had a deep impact on Lakhdar’s outlook, however, and now, an esteemed intellectual and writer within Islamic circles, he is a vocal critic of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists in general.
In 1986, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad converted to Islam when he was a college student. Muhammad was involved with the Muslim Students of Howard University, and though his work in that organization, he met Abdurahman Alamoudi. According to Muhammad, Alamoudi and the Brotherhood took control of his organization. Muhammad blogs about Muslim issues at A Singular Voice.
Stauffer is a former FBI special agent. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and afterward joined the FBI. In the early 1980s, Stauffer worked his first terrorism case investigating the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). In 1988, he recommended to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana to impanel a grand jury based on his investigation. Twenty years later, Stauffer regrets that his investigation did not lead to any prosecutions.
In 1998, Zwick produced and directed The Siege, a thriller in which Arab Muslim terrorists target New York City. According to some critics, the film slandered Muslims. Despite the uproar, Zwick made no changes to the film. Zwick is an acclaimed Hollywood writer, producer and director who has been involved in a diverse range of content that spans over 30 years.