James Verini

James Verini, a journalist based in Los Angeles, has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Times Magazine, Salon, Slate, and the London Guardian.

Recent Articles

Two If By Sea

Last October, Osama bin Laden released his יִrst videotaped message in nearly three years. It was lengthier than anything he'd sent out for a while because he got wrapped up in business talk. "So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy," he said, quoting the British Royal Institute of International Affairs to point out that in the September 11 attacks, "Every dollar of al-Qaeda defeated a million dollars by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs." He went on to ridicule America's deיִcits. If you were an al-Qaeda cell member egged on by this, you would likely fantasize about the port complex of Los Angeles. It is, arguably, the single most attractive target for economic terrorism in the country. By volume, the two ports that comprise it -- the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach -- are the third-busiest port in the world. A 20-minute drive south of downtown L.A., it is America's umbilical cord to world trade...