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Trevor Aaronson as a Guest Speaker

Trevor Aaronson is an investigative journalist who writes about the intersection of national security and civil liberties. He is the author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.

He has been a guest and keynote speaker at universities, law schools, conferences, and public forums. Recent speaking engagements have included TED 2015, Columbia Law School, University of Miami School of Law, New York University School of Law, Dickinson College, and Young Presidents’ Organization.

His TED Talk, “How this FBI strategy is actually creating US-based terrorists,” has been viewed more than 1 million times.

Aaronson’s topics include:

  • Are We Catching Terrorists Or Creating Them?: How the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice uses informants, many of them crooks and conmen, to lure hapless men into terrorism sting operations, raising questions about entrapment, ethnic and religious targeting, and civil liberties.
  • Privacy in an Age of Surveillance: Surveillance technology intended to prevent a terrorist attack is now being turned on law-abiding U.S. citizens, threatening the personal privacy of every American.
  • Ethnic and Religious Profiling: Since 9/11, the FBI has recruited a network of 15,000 informants. Many are tasked with infiltrating U.S. Muslim communities, and their widespread use has resulted in a minority community whose leaders believe it is constantly under siege.
  • Ethics and Standards in Investigative Reporting: Trevor Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards for his investigative journalism and co-founded the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, a leader in collaborative reporting.

Schedule a Speaking Event: To inquire about scheduling a talk, please email speaking@trevoraaronson.com orĀ fill out this form.

TED 2015

Columbia Law School