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Terrorist Hunter: An Undercover Look at Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America

Recorded on January 15, 2004

The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

Rita Katz is a young Iraqi-born woman who escaped to Israel from Iraq and eventually moved to the United States, where she became a counter-terrorism expert. Because much of her work is done undercover and she has penetrated numerous gatherings of Muslim radicals, her existence has been kept a secret until now. Through her work she has helped government agencies to collaborate with one another. Her investigations have resulted in the deportation of terrorists who lived and prospered in the United States and prevented the U.S. government from unwittingly funding front groups of terror.

Terrorist Hunter is her story as an anonymous counter-terrorism expert, who penetrated front groups of anti-American terrorist organizations operating in this country. In this memoir, she chronicles her escape from Iraq via Iran to Israel and details how she became involved in intelligence gathering for the United States, her adoptive country, while working for an antiterrorism group. With her unique insights into how terrorist groups veil their true operations by various means, she has been able to identify dangerous terrorist organizations and entities working undetected in the United States.