Trevor Aaronson is an investigative journalist who specializes in the intersection of national security and civil liberties. He is the author of The Terror Factory (Ig Publishing, January 2013), which shows how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose 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.
Aaronson, co-founder of Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a TED Fellow, 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 Journal, This American Life, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera and RT.
In 2014 he reported and produced “Informants,” a one-hour documentary for Al Jazeera Media Network about the FBI’s counterterrorism program. In 2015 he published “To Catch the Devil” with Foreign Policy and “The Sting: How the FBI Created a Terrorist” with The Intercept, both about his work on the FBI’s counterterrorism methods.