Annie Jacobsen is an American journalist who writes about business, finance and terrorism for a variety of national and international magazines and webzines and, in particular the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
In 2004, Jacobsen wrote an article about suspicious-looking passengers she saw on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles that summer. In May 2007, the Department of Homeland Security released a report about the flight, which, according to The Washington Times, concluded that twelve Syrians, traveling as a musical group, and one Lebanese, their promoter, were on the flight. The men were reported to have been traveling on expired visas, and eight had "'positive hits' for past criminal records or suspicious behavior." The suspicious behavior detected on the air flight was described as including not understanding English, walking in the aisle, appearing to count passengers, spenting up to 20 minutes in the lavatories, using the first-class lavatory, carrying a McDonalds bag in the lavatory, radiating toilet bowl chemicals smells when exiting from the lavatory, hand signaling each other making thumb-up signs as well as making slashing motions across their throats appearing to mean 'no', and doing stretching exercises and knee bending on the back of the plane.
Jacobsen's account of the incident was subsequently criticized by blogger and former airline pilot Patrick Smith as being "a story about nothing." The website Snopes labeled Jacobsen's account as "false".
Her 2011 book, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, about the secret U.S. military base, addresses the Roswell UFO incident.
- Terror in the Skies: Why 9/11 Could Happen Again. 2005. ISBN 1-890626-62-7.
- Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base. 2011. ISBN 1-4091-4113-6.
- Harshaw, Tobin (May 30, 2007). "It’s Not Paranoia If They’re Really Out to Get You". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "Security flaws confirmed on Flight 327". Washington Times. May 29, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Smith, Partick (July 21, 2004). "The hysterical skies". Salon. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
- "Terror in the Skies". Snopes.com. May 28, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
- Harding, Thomas (May 13, 2011). "Roswell 'was Soviet plot to create US panic'". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
- Maslin, Janet (May 15, 2011). "A Military Post's Secrets: Espionage, Not Aliens". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
- NPR interview
- "NPR's Fresh Air, "Was it UFOs or the USSR?" May 17, 2011
- Jacobsen on ABC Nightline
- Annie Jacobsen at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Annie Jacobsen in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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