Steve Emerson is the founder and executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a nonprofit organization whose aim is to uncover the Islamic takeover of America. After publishing Terrorist: The Inside Story of the Highest-Ranking Iraqi Terrorist Ever to Defect to the West, Emerson, who then was an investigative correspondent for CNN, produced the 1994 documentary film, "Jihad in America," about the secret operations of Islamic militant groups in America.
Emerson founded IPT in 1995 and since then has written six books on terrorism and national security issues. According to "Fear, Inc." (Center for American Progress's report on the Islamophobia network in the United States), IPT solicits money by selling the idea that Muslims are dangerous. He also has pushed the flaming statistic that 80 percent of mosques in America are "ruled by extremists."
Emerson also has targeted Democratic and Republican government officials of supporting radical Islam by their participation in outreach and bridge-building projects with American Muslim communities. When Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) nominated Sohail Mohammed for state judgeship, Emerson said the governor had a "strange relationship with radical Islam." Emerson has also accused President Barack Obama of giving Islamists "free rein for them to have influence of the administration."