Center for Security Policy | Aug 08, 2012
Andrew C. McCarthy
Andrew C. McCarthy is the author of The Grand Jihad and Willful Blindness, both New York Times bestsellers. His forthcoming book, Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, will be published by Encounter Books later this year. He is a contributing editor at National Review and writes the Ordered Liberty blog for PJMedia.
Andy is a former chief assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, and, in 1995, led the successful prosecution against the jihadist organization of “the Blind Sheikh” (Omar Abdel Rahman) for waging a terrorist war against the United States that included the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks. He is the recipient of the Justice Department’s highest honors, including the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, awarded by the Clinton Justice Department after the Blind Sheikh trial. He participated in several other terrorism prosecutions and, following the 9/11 attacks, supervised the U.S. Attorney’s command post near Ground Zero in New York City. He has also served as a special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense in 2004, and as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham and New York Law Schools. He began his law-enforcement career as a deputy U.S. Marshal in the Witness Protection Program.