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"I have spent my life tracking down the murderers of yesterday. Mr. Timmerman is tracking down the murderers of tomorrow."
-- Simon Wiesenthal
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Best-selling author Kenneth R. Timmerman has spent his career investigating the dark side of national security.
Over the past three decades he has interviewed dissidents behind the Iron Curtain, covered numerous Middle East wars and false-hope peace treaties, interviewed suicide bombers, debriefed defectors from Iranian intelligence organizatons, and covered the plight of Christians persecuted for their faith.
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His just-released third novel, St. Peter's Bones, is a witness to the persecuted church in Iraq, and is based on numerous reporting trips to northern Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. It is a war novel with a political twist.
Best-selling author Robert Spencer, the editor of Jihadwatch.org, called it "a wildly inventive and highly gripping thriller that encompasses the secret and long-hidden origins of Islam."
His most recent work of non-fiction, Shadow Warriors: Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender, exposes a secret intelligence war, fought not against our enemies abroad, but by partisan bureaucrats and their allies in Congress and the media against a sitting United States president. Rush Limbaugh called the book "fabulous," and devoted five full pages of his monthly newsletter to it.
For his work in exposing the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear weapons program, he was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize by former Swedish deputy Prime Minister Per Ahlmark.
To raise awareness of the threat from the
Islamic regime in Iran, and the potentially tragic gaps in U.S.
intelligence in spotting and tracking these threats, he wrote Honor Killing, a
sizzling thriller set on the next battlefield in the
war on terror, which has been featured by national talk radio hosts
Laura Ingraham, Michael Reagan, Frank Gaffney, and others. Honor Killing tells the story of
how Iranian terrorists bring a nuclear weapon into the United States
under the noses of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence watchers,
blinded by political correctness to the threats from a Fifth Column of
In 1998, he tracked renegade Saudi
financier Osama Bin Ladin and his
international terrorist network halfway across the globe for Reader's
Digest, publishing his expose on the then-unknown Saudi just weeks
attacked two U.S. embassies in Africa. (Bin Laden was so obscure at the
time that the Digest couldn't even find a photograph of him, using an
artist's sketch instead).
Over the past 20 years, he has revealed how failed U.S. policies have helped create new threats to our nation from Russia, China, and Iran
His book on Iran, Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown in Iran, was acclaimed by former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 Commission.
During the later half of the 1980s, he covered the Iran-Iraq war, gaining first-hand knowledge of Iraq's deadly weapons buildup. His third book, The Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq (Houghton Mifflin, 1991) was called "our Bible" by Ambassador Rolf Ekeus, chief of the UN Special Commission for the Disarmament of Iraq. After the Gulf War, Ekeus and his weapons inspectors used Timmerman's information to help locate clandestine Iraqi weapons plants and to identify their foreign suppliers.
A ground-making study
on the unconventional weapons programs of Iran, Libya, and Syria,
commissioned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1992, won applause from
Democrats and Republicans alike.
In presenting the report to the public, famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal told one audience: "I have spent my life tracking down the murderers of yesterday. Mr. Timmerman is tracking down the murderers of tomorrow."
After the first Gulf War, Timmerman assisted a veterans group in a class action lawsuit against the German companies who helped build Saddam Hussein's deadly chemical weapons, which may have contributed to Persian Gulf War Syndrome.
Today, he is helping
families of the victims of the September 11 attacks prepare a class
action lawsuit against the government of
Islamic Republic of Iran,
because of its
direct, material involvement in the al Qaeda plot to
attack America, a story he detailed in Countdown to Crisis and in
several news stories that can be found here.
During this time, he
also has worked to
strengthen America's greatest export of all: democracy as a
Congressional aid and a human rights activist.
In 1995, along
with Peter Rodman, Joshua Muravchik, and a group of
he established the Foundation for
Democracy in Iran (FDI).
The Foundation has served as a rallying point for
Iranian democrats seeking an end to brutal, clerical rule in Iran, and
has helped keep Congress and the public informed of ongoing repression
and support for terrorism by Iranian
"moderates" as well as hard-liners led by the Supreme Leader,
President Ahmadinejad, and the IRGC's Qods Force. Ken has also been in
the forfront of warning Congress and the public of the dangers of an
lobby here in the United States.
He is reputed to have
interviewed more defectors from Iranian intelligence services
than any living member of the U.S. intelligence
community, and has helped protect dissidents from
deportation back to Iran, where they would face certain
to Crisis is now being used as
part of the Iran course material by the Pentagon's Joint Counter
Intelligence Training Academy (JCITA).
Timmerman's work as an investigative reporter has won consistent praise for its accuracy and courage. Many of the stories about the Clinton administration's high-technology giveaway to Communist China started with pieces he wrote for The American Spectator, including an expose of influence peddling in the Pentagon under then Secretary of Defense William Perry.
He has presented his
findings before Congress in public testimony
and in Special Reports
commissioned by various committees. "Many of the facts Ken first
reported were confirmed to me and my colleagues in classified
Christopher Cox, chairman of the Select
Committee on U.S. National Security and Military Commercial Concerns
with the People's Republic of China, in a preface to Ken's book on
Chinagate, Selling Out America.
The blue ribbon Commission To Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States (the Rumsfeld Commission) incorporated many of his suggestions in its final report in April 1998, which concluded it was in America's interest to deploy a national missile defense.
Since 1987, Timmerman
has operated Middle East Data Project, Inc., a small
business that has
provided investigative support and policy guidance to government
agencies and private companies on three
He has served as an expert witness in more than a dozen international lawsuits and government prosecutions involving terrorism, high-tech exports, and political refugees, and was cited more than a dozen times in the final report by Argentinean prosecutors in the 1994 AMIA bombing case.
Timmerman has briefed a wide variety of U.S. government
agencies on issues relating to Iran, including the Defense Intelligence
Agency, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army War College, the
Lawrence Livermore National Nuclear Laboratory, as well as many members
As a contributing editor for Newsmax Media, he examined new security measures at U.S. ports in the fall of 2005.
In the summer of 2006, returned to northern Israel to report on the 2nd Lebanon war, where
he witnessed the evacuation of virtually the entire northern third of israel under Hezbollah rocket fire, and the destruction of Israeli towns. villages, forests, and hospitals.
made several trips to Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq to report on the plight
Christian refugees. In addition to his news and commentary articles on the persecuted church,
he has briefed Congress,
human rights groups, and churches on
his findings. St. Peter's
Bones draws heavily from these most recent trips.
He and his wife live in Maryland and have five children.Honors & Awards
- 2012 Defender of Israel award from Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign
- 2011: International Community Service award from the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation for work on Iran;
- 2011: Reed Irvine Investigative Reporting award from Accuracy in Media for lifetime achievement.
- 2006: Nominated for Nobel Peace prize by former deputy prime minister of Sweden, Per Ahlmark.
- 2004: US Business and Industry Council Education Foundation National Security award
- 2003: Media fellowship, Hoover Institution
- 1987: Certosa di Padua “Joe Petrosino” award for investigative reporting.
Timmerman has wrought a
wildly inventive and highly gripping thriller that encompasses the
secret and long-hidden origins of Islam… That makes St. Peter's Bones
more than just a great novel, although it is assuredly that as well: it
is also an enlightening insight into today's increasingly
conflict-ridden relationship between Islam and the
– Robert Spencer, editor of JihadWatch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad.
|“Timmerman's taboo-breaking thriller
portrays authentically the politics and passions fueling the deadly
persecution of Iraq's ancient Christian community: an unintended but
ruinous by-product of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It's a powerful book
America's political leadership on both the left and the right would
prefer you not to read."
– Dr. John Eibner, CEO, Christian Solidarity International (CSI-USA)