March 9, 2010, - 5:34 pm
Meet Jihad Jane: Philly Woman “Fatima LaRose” Recruited for Islamic Terror, Wanted to Murder European
After 9/11, I warned of Islamic women involved in terrorist activity, not just in the Middle East, but on U.S. soil. One of those is Colleen R. LaRose a/k/a “Fatima LaRose” a/k/a “Jihad Jane,” who recruited men over the internet for Islamic terrorism. She traveled to Europe, planning to carry out an “assignment” to murder a Swiss citizen in a way that would “shock” the non-Muslim world.
Read the indictment, unsealed yesterday. Note that, while today’s press release from the Justice Department, key portions of which are cited below, doesn’t say a thing about Islam or jihad or Allah, the indictment is replete with references to these. In fact, Ms. LaRose repeatedly says she desperately wants to do something for the “suffering Muslim people” and “in the name of Allah.” Funny how Eric Holder’s people left that out. She also lied to the FBI and tried to knowingly transfer a U.S. passport that she stole from someone else.
Note also that neither the press release nor the indictment says how Ms. LaRose came to Islam, to which it appears she converted or much about her and her associates or with which Islamic terrorist group she was affiliated.
Colleen R. LaRose, aka “Fatima LaRose,” aka “Jihad Jane” [was charged in the indictment] with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to a government official and attempted identity theft.
The indictment charges that LaRose (an American citizen born in 1963 who resides in Montgomery County, Pa.) and five unindicted co-conspirators (located in South Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the United States) recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.
The indictment further charges that LaRose and her unindicted co-conspirators used the Internet to establish relationships with one another and to communicate regarding their plans, which included martyring themselves, soliciting funds for terrorists, soliciting passports and avoiding travel restrictions (through the collection of passports and through marriage) in order to wage violent jihad. The indictment further charges that LaRose stole another individual’s U.S. passport and transferred or attempted to transfer it in an effort to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
In addition, according to the indictment, LaRose received a direct order to kill a citizen and resident of Sweden, and to do so in a way that would frighten “the whole Kufar [non-believer] world.” The indictment further charges that LaRose agreed to carry out her murder assignment, and that she and her co-conspirators discussed that her appearance and American citizenship would help her blend in while carrying out her plans. According to the indictment, LaRose traveled to Europe and tracked the intended target online in an effort to complete her task.
“Today’s indictment, which alleges that a woman from suburban America agreed to carry out murder overseas and to provide material support to terrorists, underscores the evolving nature of the threat we face,” said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division. . . .
“This case shows the use terrorists can and do make of the Internet,” said U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy. “Colleen LaRose and five other individuals scattered across the globe are alleged to have used the Internet to form a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism, culminating in a direct order to LaRose to commit murder overseas. LaRose – an American citizen whose appearance was considered to be an asset because it allowed her to blend in – is charged with using the Internet to recruit violent jihadist fighters and supporters, and to solicit passports and funding. It demonstrates yet another very real danger lurking on the Internet. This case also demonstrates that terrorists are looking for Americans to join them in their cause, and it shatters any lingering thought that we can spot a terrorist based on appearance.”
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