Author of The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda’s American Recruits, Catherine Herridge is an award winning national correspondent for the Fox News Channel. Catherine was the first network correspondent assigned to the Homeland Security beat in 2001. She now covers intelligence, the Justice Department as well as the Department of Homeland Security.
Catherine and her Fox team of investigative journalists traveled across the U.S. and to Yemen to complete a six month investigation into the American born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who is linked to three of the 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood attack, the attempted bombing Christmas Day, the failed attack on Times Square as well as the cargo printer bomb plot in October 2010. The Washington Post recently described the documentary as “an explosive hour.”
Herridge’s investigative reporting showed that critical information about al-Awlaki and his mysterious return to the U.S. in October 2002 was likely withheld from investigators with the 9/11 Commission and Congress. Herridge’s reporting, which prompted letters from Capitol Hill, raised new questions about the cleric and how the first American on the CIA’s kill or capture list slipped through the FBI’s grasp one year after 9/11.
Catherine, who is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia School of Journalism, began her career as a London-based correspondent for ABC News. She has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Israel, the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Guantanamo Bay and New York City on 9/11. She is one of the few reporters to sit in the same military courtroom as the self-described architect of the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators.
Also joining us for this episode is Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a Senior Fellow with EMPact America, who is perhaps better known as the author of Operation Dark Heart. Click here to listen to other episodes when Lt. Col. Shaffer made appearances on EMPact Radio.