The Terror Finance Blog was created to serve the needs of legislative staff, government officials, policy makers and researchers who need intelligent and relevant analysis of issues relating to terrorist financing.  The contributing experts all have many years’ worth of experience in studying, documenting, and researching the ways in which terrorists fund their actvities and get away with it.

Contributing Experts:

Ilan Weinglass, Editor

Ilan Weinglass is an analyst at a business intelligence firm headquartered in New York City. From 1999 – 2001, Mr. Weinglass was head of research for the Israeli Trade Ministry's Investment Promotion Center. Following his service in the Israel Defense Forces, he served as an analyst at the American Center for Democracy, researching terrorism financing for several major projects, including Rachel Ehrenfeld’s book Funding Evil, and an analysis of Palestinian Authority corruption and misuse of international aid. He has served as a terrorism analyst at the Investigative Project, and served as Legislative Fellow for National Security Affairs to U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota). In addition to his private sector work, he serves as a counterterrorism consultant for several ongoing research projects.  Mr. Weinglass received a B.A. in economics and political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.A. in international relations and international economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He speaks Hebrew and Arabic. You can contact him at editor@terrorfinance.org.

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld

Dr. Ehrenfeld is the Director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy and the Center for the Study of Corruption & the Rule of Law. She is the author of FUNDING EVIL: HOW TERRORISM IS FINANCED - and HOW to STOP IT; EVIL MONEY; and NARCOTERRORISM. Dr. Ehrenfeld is an authority on the shadowy movement of funds through international banking and governments to fund terrorism.  She has a unique understanding of the challenges of international terrorism to democracy and freedom, and how money laundering and political corruption facilitates terror financing and economic terrorism.

An American citizen fluent in several languages, Ehrenfeld has testified before Congressional Committees, as well as the European Parliament, and provided evidence to the British Parliament, and consulted government agencies such as the Department of Defense and Homeland Security.  She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Committee on the Present Danger (http://www.fightingterror.org/) along with former Secretary of State George Schulz and former CIA Director James Woolsey.

She has been a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Institute of War and Peace Studies, a research scholar at the New York University School of Law, and a fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Jesus College at Cambridge University. She has a PhD in Criminology from the Hebrew University School of Law.

Her articles have appeared in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times , The Jerusalem Post , and The Wall Street Journal and she is a frequent guest on The O'Reilly Factor, and CNN, NBC, CNBC, FoxNews, and other TV programs.

Jean-Charles Brisard

Jean-Charles Brisard, CEO of JCB Consulting International, is an international expert on terrorism financing. He authored the first and most exhaustive study ever written on the financial network of the Bin Laden organization, "The economic environment of Osama Ben Laden". His report was written for the French intelligence community and published by the French National Assembly in 2001. He testified on his work before the US Congress Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, before the US Senate Banking Committee and reported on terrorism financing for the President of the UN Security Council. He served as an expert or witness in prosecutions of terrorism financing and money laundering cases in France, Switzerland, the UK and the United States. He also provides training to the French authorities on terrorism and terrorism financing. Since June 2002, he is serving as lead investigator for lawyers representing families of the 911 victims in the course of civil lawsuits.

 

He previously served as special adviser to the Vice President of Vivendi Universal for corporate and business intelligence after serving as director of business intelligence and international legal counsel for international corporations. He held governmental positions in France as counsel to the former French Chief Antiterrorism Prosecutor and was adviser to the French Minister of Interior and French Prime Minister. He also served as adviser for a US Senator.

 

He authored the bestseller “Bin Laden, the forbidden truth” in 2001 and “Zarqawi, the new face of Al Qaeda” in 2005.

 

Jean-Charles Brisard earns a Phd in International Law of the Paris University of Law, a diploma in Comparative Law of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, and he studied diplomacy at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

 

His analysis regularly appears in international TV and newspapers, including NBC, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, El Pais, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, Le Monde and Le Figaro.

David Nordell

David Nordell is founder and CEO of New Global Markets, a start-up company based in London and Israel that is developing a comprehensive customer intelligence system for financial institutions and other industries that are vulnerable to money laundering and terror financing.

 

After moving to Israel in 1980 from the United Kingdom, where he served in a reserve special forces unit, he worked as a journalist for both Israeli and foreign media, specialising in economics and finance, and subsequently became a consultant to the Israeli government, industry associations and high-tech companies, including serving as the first adviser to the Israeli government on Internet policy. He initiated a project for developing Europe-wide public policy on combatting terrorism within the constraints of free society, and consults on economic terrorism. 

 

Ganesh Sahathevan

 

Ganesh Sahathevan investigated  financial mismanagement in Malaysia  prior to the financial crisis in the 1990s. He continues to research and report  from Sydney, Australia with a focus on South East Asian business, economic and politics. This work has led him into research of structures that support  terrorist and jihadist activities in the region,and their links to similar structures in other parts of the world.

 

David Frankfurter

 

David Frankfurter is a writer, corporate executive and business consultant, currently resident in Israel.  Australian born Frankfurter has researched and written extensively about the use of international donor funds provided to the Palestinian Authority to fund terror and to create an infrastructure and environment to support terror against Israeli citizens.