Annie Jacobsen

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Annie Jacobsen
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Nationality American
Education St. Paul’s School
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Journalist, non-fiction writer

Annie Jacobsen is an American journalist, author and contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine.[1] Jacobsen is best known as the author of the 2011 nonfiction book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, which the New York Times called "cauldron-stirring."[2]

Early life[edit]

She graduated from St. Paul's School, and Princeton University.

On Flight 327[edit]

In 2004, Jacobsen wrote an article about suspicious-looking passengers she saw on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles that summer.[3] 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.[4] The men were reported to have been traveling on expired visas, and eight had "'positive hits' for past criminal records or suspicious behavior."[4] The suspicious behavior detected on the air flight was described as including not understanding English, walking in the aisle, appearing to count passengers, spending 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.[5]

Jacobsen's account of the incident was subsequently criticized by blogger and former airline pilot Patrick Smith as being "a story about nothing."[6] The website Snopes labeled Jacobsen's account as "false".[7]

Her later books[edit]

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.[8][9] Area 51 is being developed into an AMC[10] Series with Gale Anne Hurd[11] as Executive Producer.

Jacobsen's 2014 book, Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America[12]was named "the most comprehensive, up-to-date narrative available to the general public" in a review by the CIA.[13] Operation Paperclip was named one of the Best Books of 2014 by The Boston Globe[14] and Apple iBooks [15]

Her newest book is The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top Secret Military Research Agency.[16]



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  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b "Security flaws confirmed on Flight 327". Washington Times. May 29, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Security flaws confirmed on Flight 327". The Washingtion Times. 
  6. ^ Smith, Partick (July 21, 2004). "The hysterical skies". Salon. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Terror in the Skies". May 28, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "AMC Developing 'Area 51' Drama With 'Walking Dead' EP". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ "Gale Anne Hurd". IMDb. 
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  13. ^ "Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America". Central Intelligence Agency. 
  14. ^ "The best books of 2014". Boston Globe. 
  15. ^ Annie Jacobsen. "Operation Paperclip". iBooks. 
  16. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen. Little, Brown, $30 (544p) ISBN 978-0-316-37165-0". Publishers Weekly. 
  17. ^ Annie Jacobsen. "OPERATION PAPERCLIP". Kirkus Reviews. 

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