James Gordon Meek, investigative reporter for the New York Daily News, discusses the FBI sting of accused D.C. bomb plotter Farooque Ahmed, well-paid informants who have an incentive to recruit patsies with fantastical terrorism plots and the re-emerging “lone wolf” decentralized form of terrorism that has been endorsed by Al Qaeda.
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James Gordon Meek is an award-winning investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. Since 2003, he has covered national news, politics and terrorism for the New York Daily News in its Washington bureau.
Meek reported on the 9/11 attacks from the Pentagon, and has since traveled to Afghanistan and embedded with U.S. special operations forces to write about the secret war against Al Qaeda. He covered the trials of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the White House aide convicted of perjury in the Valerie Plame/CIA leak case. Meek has broken countless stories about terrorist plots, including the July 2006 plan by Lebanese militants linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq to blow up tunnels in New York City and flood lower Manhattan. He first wrote about Osama Bin Laden during the Millennium scare, when he participated in the investigation of an Al Qaeda cell in California that recruited one of the plotters in Jordan and Bin Laden’s young American spokesman, Adam Yahiye Gadahn. Meek also has broken a series of stories about abuses of inmates at the U.S. terrorist prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Previously, Meek worked for United Press International, APBnews.com and the Los Angeles Daily Journal. As a freelancer, he has written about terrorism and true crime for Reader’s Digest, Stuff, Blender, Ladies Home Journal, National Journal, the New York Press and Law & Order magazine. He contributed reporting to CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen’s 2006 book, “The Osama Bin Laden I Know.” A decade ago, Meek was the first cyberjournalist accredited by Congress and the White House. He has been awarded recognition by Investigative Reporters & Editors Inc., the South Asian Journalists Association, the National Press Club and the International Union of Police Associations.