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Exploiting the Koran to Terrorize
DanielPipes.Org ^ | December 14, 2004 | Daniel Pipes

Posted on 12/15/2004 8:12:57 AM PST by USF

Counterterrorism efforts got a major boost last week when an American district court found three Muslim organizations and one individual, mostly based in the Chicago area, guilty of funding Hamas and fined them an astonishing US$156 million.

The four were found liable for their roles in the murder of an American teenager, David Boim, on May 13, 1996, when he was shot by Hamas operatives as he waited for a bus near Jerusalem. This case is important in itself, providing some measure of justice and relief for the Boim family. Beyond that, it helps fight terrorism in four ways.

First, it validates and operationalizes a 1992 U.S. law that prohibits sending any money to terrorist organizations, not just money specifically tied to violence. Even funds used for medical care or education, the logic correctly goes, ultimately forward violence.

Arlander Keys, the judge in this case, established that "the Boims need only show that the defendants were involved in an agreement to accomplish an unlawful act and that the attack that killed David Boim was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the conspiracy." This ruling places other civil cases, most notably the one linking Saudi royals to September 11, 2001, on much firmer legal ground.

Second, this marks the first decision by a jury penalizing Americans who support terrorism abroad and making them liable to pay civil damages.

Third, as the Boims' lawyer, Stephen J. Landes explains, it shows that "the American court system is prepared to bankrupt the Islamist terror network," just as it earlier destroyed the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nations, two extremist and violent organizations, "by bringing unpayably large judgments against them."

Finally, the case confirms a pattern of culpability among even the most innocent-appearing of Islamic institutions. Two of the three liable groups have known ties to Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group; Holy Land Foundation serves as its fundraising arm, Islamic Association for Palestine as its political front. But the Quranic Literacy Institute appeared wholly unconnected to Hamas. It is a religious group based in a Chicago suburb that since 1991 has engaged in the pious work of translating Islamic sacred texts from Arabic, then publishing them in English

But appearances can deceive. In June 1998, Federal authorities charged QLI with having for nine years supported "a conspiracy involving international terrorist activities and domestic recruitment and training in support of such activities" and seized $1 million of its cash and assets.

The FBI found that a Saudi-based financier linked to Osama bin Laden, Yassin Kadi, loaned $820,000 to the QLI in 1991, which the QLI then laundered through a series of real estate transactions. In what the Chicago Tribune calls "extraordinarily complex" deals, QLI cleared nearly $1.4 million and investigators suspect it planned to use this money in 1993 to fund the rebuilding of Hamas.

QLI's complicity in terrorism has great significance, for it is no rogue outfit but a stalwart of the Saudi-backed "Wahhabi lobby" in America. QLI's founding president, Ahmad Zaki Hammad, is a scholar of Islam boasting advanced degrees from Cairo's prestigious Al-Azhar University and the University of Chicago. He has served as president of the lobby's largest organization, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and sat on the board of the North American Islamic Trust, its mechanism for taking over mosques and other Islamic properties.

When the QLI's assets were impounded in 1998, leading organizations of the Wahhabi lobby – ISNA, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Students' Association – leapt to its defense, declaring themselves "shocked at this unprecedented action taken against members of the Muslim community." Nearly a thousand supporters rallied on QLI's behalf, chanting "Allahu Akbar."

And yet, we now know that this innocuous-appearing organization did have a key role funneling money to Hamas.

Muslim institutions too often are not what they seem to be. The "Progressive Muslim Union" is actually reactionary. Mosques harbor criminals. Honey companies and Islamic "charities" fund terrorism. A "mainstream" Muslim leader pleads guilty to an assassination scheme.

The lesson is clear: Wahhabi organizations like the QLI cannot be taken at face value but must be scrutinized for extremist, criminal, and terrorist connections. Extensive research, including undercover operations, is needed to find out the possibly sordid reality behind a seemingly benign exterior.


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Muslim organizations tied to terror.... whudda thunk it.
1 posted on 12/15/2004 8:12:58 AM PST by USF
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To: USF

They use the same tactics to shut down abortion protestors.


2 posted on 12/15/2004 8:22:25 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: USF; weenie; broadsword; SJackson; Max Combined; ApesForEvolution; bahblahbah; Happy2BMe; ...
PING...Daniel Pipes article



Great post USF!

Shocking information here!

Mosques harbor criminals?

Islamic "charities" fund terrorism?

Those are some serious charges to be making against a peace loving religion!

Thanks USF for using "evidence" to back up those accusations.

I would like the apologist's to use "evidence" to back up their claims as well.

I'm still waiting.

After all, I'm just a Truth seeker.
3 posted on 12/15/2004 8:50:13 AM PST by jan in Colorado
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To: USF
"shocked at this unprecedented action taken against members of the Muslim community"

That sounds like a direct quote from our buddy Ibrahim Hooper...

Rumor has it that every time Hooper is shocked, he eats another goat...He is fast becoming the Michael Moore of Islam.

4 posted on 12/15/2004 8:55:50 AM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: jan in Colorado; USF; weenie; broadsword; SJackson; Max Combined; ApesForEvolution; bahblahbah; ...
Daniel Pipes - ping.

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Don’t Worry – We Only Kill Infidels

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By Daniel Pipes
FrontPageMagazine.com | June 8, 2004

After an Islamist rampage in the Saudi town of Khobar on May 29-30 that ended in the death of twenty-two persons, survivors of that atrocity have recounted how the terrorists went to great lengths to ensure that they would kill only non-Muslims. Their actions raise a delicate but urgent issue: how might non-Muslims best protect themselves if caught in such a situation?

Even as the massacre was underway, the terrorists took pains to distinguish Muslims from non-Muslims. Here are some of the survivors’ testimonies:

Hazem Al-Damen, Muslim, Jordanian: two terrorists knocked on his door and asked him and others hiding whether they were “Muslims or Christians.” On hearing “Muslims,” the assailants told them to stay in the room because their purpose was to rid the country of Americans and Europeans.

Abu Hashem, 45, Muslim, an Iraqi-American engineer (also called “Mike” in some accounts): The terrorists demanded his residency card, which documented his religion (Muslim) and nationality (American). That combination provoked an argument between two terrorists. “He’s an American, we should shoot him,” said one. “We don’t shoot Muslims,” replied the other. The two went back and forth until the latter decided it: “Don’t be afraid. We won’t kill Muslims, even if you are an American.” With this decision, the terrorists turned polite, even apologizing for breaking into Abu Hashem’s home, searching it, and leaving blood stains on his carpet.

Abdul Salam al-Hakawati, 38, Muslim, a Lebanese corporate financial officer: He and his family hid upstairs in their house after hearing gunfire. Downstairs, they heard the terrorists break in and rummage around before one apparently noticed framed Koranic verses on the wall and announced to the others, “This is a Muslim house.” When a heavily armed terrorist came upstairs, Al-Hakawati confirmed his identity by greeting the assailant with “Assalamu ‘Alaykum,” the Muslim greeting.

Nizar Hajazeen, Christian, a Jordanian software businessmen: He hid with another Jordanian in a room but they opened the door when two armed young men banged violently on it. The terrorists asked the identity of the Jordanians, Arab or Westerners. “We’re Arab,” came the response. Each was then asked, “A Christian or a Muslim?” Both claimed to be Muslims and showed a Koran as proof.

Taking care to kill only non-Muslims appears to be in response to widespread Saudi criticism of Islamist terrorism directed against Muslims; Saudis seem to agree that murder is a tool suitably directed only against non-Muslims, as two quotes suggest:

Abdelaziz Raikhan, a maintenance man for the Saudi security forces, responded to the suicide bombing of a police headquarters in Riyadh that killed 5 people and wounded 148 on April 21, accusing the perpetrators of being “mentally ill. … There’s not one American in this entire area. Not one! What kind of jihad is this?”

Mohsen al-Awaji, a Saudi lawyer, suggests that terrorists should be encouraged by the authorities to go to the many “occupied territories that require resistance,” such as in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Palestinian Authority, and Chechnya. “If someone decides to go, we wish him luck. He’s going to die anyway, so let him die there while achieving something, not die here and kill innocents with him.”

Nor is this the first time Islamists have specifically targeted infidels. In Malaysia in 2000, for example, jihadists purposefully killed two non-Muslim hostages and spared two others, both Muslims. In Pakistan in 2002, a police chief noted killers “took a good fifteen minutes in segregating the Christians and making sure that each one of their targets gets the most horrific death.” The murderers separated Christians from Muslims by requiring each hostage to recite a verse from the Koran. Those who could not were shot.

In all these cases, non-Muslims facing jihadists could have saved themselves by passing as Muslims.

There are several ways they could have done this. They might have greeted their potential murderers with Assalamu ‘alaykum (which, ironically, means “peace be with you”). They might have recited in Arabic the Shahada, the Islamic statement of faith. Or they might have recited in Arabic the first sura (chapter) of the Koran, the essential prayer of Islam called the Fatiha (“Opening”).

In the past, such knowledge would have saved lives. It could probably do so again in the future.

5 posted on 12/15/2004 8:57:00 AM PST by Happy2BMe (It's not quite time to rest - John Kerry is still out there (and so is Hillary))
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To: jan in Colorado; weenie
Daniel Pipes.org

That List of Islamist Organizations under U.S. Senate Scrutiny
January 14, 2004

That List of Islamist Organizations under U.S. Senate Scrutiny. The Senate Committee on Finance today released a letter its chairman and ranking member, Chuck Grassley and Max Baucus, had sent on Dec. 22, 2003, to the Internal Revenue Service. In it, they asked for a long list of specifics ("Form 990s and Form 990 PFs, including the donors list for both types; Form 1023s, the charities' applications for tax exempt status, and any and all materials from examinations, audits and other investigations, including criminal investigations") about charities, foundations and tax-exempt organizations, groups or entities that have been designated or listed by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control since September 11, 2001. It is worth noting this list of twenty-five, for it offers an authoritative guide to U.S. Islamist groups which, in the senators' words, "finance terrorism and perpetuate violence" (I have rearranged their order to make it alphabetical):

Al Haramain Foundation
Alavi Foundation
Benevolence International Foundation (BIF)
Global Relief Foundation (GRF)
Help the Needy
Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF)
Human Appeal International
Institute of Islamic and Arabic Science in America (IIASA)
International Islamic Relief Organization
International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) or Internal Relief Organization(IRO)
Islamic African Relief Agency and/or Islamic American Relief Agency
Islamic Assembly of North American
Islamic Association for Palestine
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
Islamic Foundation of America
Islamic Society of North America
Kind Hearts
Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA)
Muslim Student Association
Muslim World League
Rabita Trust
SAAR Foundation and all members and related entities
Solidarity International and/or Solidarity USA
United Association for Studies and Research (USAR)
World Assembly of Muslim Youth

The Washington Post interviewed committee staffers and outside experts and found that "the scope of this request is unusual because of its breadth and because it is part of a wide-ranging terrorism-related investigation." It also quoted one committee aide explaining the purpose of the inquiry: "We want to look into where all their money comes from. Is it from foreign embassies? Does money come from obscure individuals in the Persian Gulf? We're the only ones that can look at this."

Comment: These twenty-five groups cover a remarkable range – Iranian- and Saudi-sponsored, student and adult, charitable and academic – but the absence of certain well-known political Islamist groups is conspicuous. Here's betting its only a matter of time until their names join this list of infamy. (January 14, 2004)

Feb. 29, 2004 update: This matter could not be a very high priority for the Internal Revenue Service. Over two months have gone by since the committee's Dec. 22, 2003, letter went off, but a Reuters dispatch today indicates that the IRS "has not yet supplied" the requested information.

Oct. 13, 2004 update: The FBI today raided Islamic American Relief Agency offices in Columbia, Missouri.

6 posted on 12/15/2004 9:04:11 AM PST by Happy2BMe (It's not quite time to rest - John Kerry is still out there (and so is Hillary))
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To: Happy2BMe

Yeah. He's a stone face and absolutely humorless. You would be too if you knew what he knows. Maybe you should bookmark him.


7 posted on 12/15/2004 9:08:31 AM PST by CBart95
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To: Happy2BMe

Islamists are becoming PC?


8 posted on 12/15/2004 9:09:04 AM PST by nosofar
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To: nosofar
U.S. Muslim charities complain of "witch hunt"

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Muslim charities and organizations in the United States say they are the target of a government "witch hunt" since Sept. 11, 2001, which is intimidating donors and hampering their work.

Required by their faith to pay "zakat," or alms for the needy, Muslims say the ripple effects of the government's hunt for terrorist funds are hurting their community at its core and making them feel like suspects.

They say the official designation of three U.S. Muslim charities as suspected sponsors of terrorism, coupled with what they consider rising anti-Muslim discrimination since the 2001 attacks by Islamic militants, has put them in the firing line simply because of their religious affiliation.

Charities also complain about high levels of secrecy surrounding the designations, and say excessive scrutiny and hefty costs to meet strict new U.S. regulations mean a smaller percentage of donations is now really reaching those in need.

"I feel like we are suspect, having done nothing wrong," said Laila al-Marayati, board member of charity KinderUSA. "People just assume that by definition if you're Muslim, you're going to have something to do with terrorism ... We're under the assumption that we're under surveillance all the time."

Dalia Hashad, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union advocacy group, said: "To say that the Muslim community, and certainly Muslim charities, are receiving extra scrutiny is not an exaggeration, and I don't think the word witch hunt is inappropriate to describe what the government is doing."

An inquiry by the Senate Finance Committee into the activities of 25 Muslim groups -- including the three already frozen by officials -- was the latest example of "guilt by association," Islamic groups say.

The committee asked the Internal Revenue Service in December for records including donor lists for the 25 groups "to conduct oversight on the issue of organizations, particularly tax exempt organizations such as charities and foundations, which finance terrorism and perpetuate violence."

The IRS has not yet supplied the information, a committee spokeswoman said.

Some nongovernmental groups tracking Muslim charities said they were surprised by many of the names on the list that they said had not been linked to terrorism before, such as the Islamic Society of North America, one of the largest Muslim organizations in the country.

"What's really going on here is a very inappropriate fishing expedition," said Hussein Ibish, spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

"This political witch hunt is very disheartening and disappointing for us," said Jihad Smaili, a board member of KindHearts, one of the groups listed by the Senate committee. "It appears you are convicted and then you have to show your innocence."



NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS

The Treasury Department says the Sept. 11 attacks showed militant groups had infiltrated and abused charities.

"However, this has not resulted in a shutdown of all charities, but rather a focused attempt to target those that are financing or supporting terrorism," Treasury spokeswoman Molly Millerwise said.

"We continue to work with the charitable sector and the Islamic and Arab communities to ensure we are meeting our national security goals while also protecting the integrity of the charitable sector," she said.

The Treasury has so far designated more than 20 charities worldwide as part of the financial support network for al Qaeda, Hamas, and other militant groups.

Earlier this month, the Treasury ordered U.S. banks to freeze the assets of the Oregon branch of the Saudi charity Al Haramain pending investigation.

The government has already designated U.S. charities Benevolence International Foundation, Global Relief Foundation and Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development as suspected supporters of terrorism and frozen their assets.

"When the government started cracking down and raiding domestic organizations ... there was a sharp drop in donations," said Imad Ahmed, president of the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation in Maryland, whose donations fell 20 percent.

Anwar Khan, U.S. spokesman for the international charity Islamic Relief in California, said he feared a "long-term apprehensiveness toward giving" because donors were scared their money would be seized, rather than given to the needy.

"Not everyone in every case may be innocent, but a lot of innocent people doing very good work are being unnecessarily targeted," the ACLU's Hashad said. "It's a very sad thing for democracy."

9 posted on 12/15/2004 9:15:25 AM PST by Happy2BMe (It's not quite time to rest - John Kerry is still out there (and so is Hillary))
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To: Happy2BMe

Hey Happy

Thanks for all the info.

I'm having trouble catching up...but I'll get there!

Isn't it interesting how much evidence there is to back up the accusations of Islam not being a peace loving religion.

In fact, the evidence suggests, or should I say, "proves" it is a cult.



10 posted on 12/15/2004 9:16:22 AM PST by jan in Colorado
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To: Happy2BMe

Thanks for the ping!


11 posted on 12/15/2004 9:25:34 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Happy2BMe
I'm sooo happy that they are being scrutinized. If you aren't guilty of anything, then you have nothing to be worried about. I want them under surveillance all the time. Maybe that's why we haven't had another attack. Keep the pressure on.

I seriously doubt that witches killed 3,000 people in one day. (or month or year or ever!)

Maybe instead of giving money to a charity, they should start looking for needy people in their OWN community to help. No one has to look very far to find someone in need.
Take personal responsibility for your charity work.
I've tried it. It works.
12 posted on 12/15/2004 9:26:02 AM PST by jan in Colorado
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To: USF
excellent article but I take issue with the title.

They are not exploiting the koran to terrorize. They are FOLLOWING the koran to terrorize.

Every moslem is a terrorist or he is not a moslem. According to the koran the two cannot be separated

13 posted on 12/15/2004 9:40:14 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: John O
They are not exploiting the koran to terrorize. They are FOLLOWING the koran to terrorize.

Yup, SO true. Pity even some FReepers don't get it.

14 posted on 12/15/2004 9:49:13 AM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: weenie

LOL... you never fail to crack me up weenie.


15 posted on 12/15/2004 9:51:03 AM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: USF
The entire garbage religion and the piece of crap Muhammed called the koran is about nothing but evil and terror.

Adherents of this religion must be avoided at all costs!

16 posted on 12/15/2004 9:52:59 AM PST by JesseHousman
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To: jan in Colorado
I'm still waiting.

Yup, I'm still watching that other thread.... and waiting... and waiting....

17 posted on 12/15/2004 9:55:52 AM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: Happy2BMe

Nice roundup. Thanks. :o)


18 posted on 12/15/2004 9:56:59 AM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: USF
engaged in the pious work of translating Islamic sacred texts from Arabic

That is a joke. Translation is impossible.

19 posted on 12/15/2004 9:58:21 AM PST by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: JesseHousman; jan in Colorado; weenie
religion

Not just a religion, as it also includes a political system that promotes gender and religious apartheid. Let me be the first on this thread to call it bigoted treatment towards women and those of other faiths. There. The B-word is where it belongs. I'm done. :o)

21 posted on 12/15/2004 10:01:56 AM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: USF

Another B word.

Bravo. Well done.

That's exactly where the word bigoted belongs.


22 posted on 12/15/2004 10:04:28 AM PST by jan in Colorado
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To: Happy2BMe
Every Christian should be prepared to die for their faith, if necessary. It's a difficult thing for most, probably, but it is clearly becoming a growing possibility for each of us.

Consider the heartbreakingly beautiful example of Cassie Bernall during the Columbine, CO school massacre:

One of the gunmen confronted her during the time of the shooting. He asked a the group she was with, "Do you believe in God?" She was the only one who stood up and said, "Yes, I do." He blew her away. (source)

To my mind, it is far better, in the eternal scheme of things, to die a horrible death at the hands of a terrorist than to have to stand before my God and explain why I claimed to be a Muslim.

23 posted on 12/15/2004 10:09:45 AM PST by TChris (Most people's capability for inference is severely overestimated)
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To: Happy2BMe

Nizar Hajazeen, Christian, a Jordanian software businessmen: He hid with another Jordanian in a room but they opened the door when two armed young men banged violently on it. The terrorists asked the identity of the Jordanians, Arab or Westerners. “We’re Arab,” came the response. Each was then asked, “A Christian or a Muslim?” Both claimed to be Muslims and showed a Koran as proof.

...

Bang! BANG! BANG! bang-bang-bang!

"Christian buttwipe..."


24 posted on 12/15/2004 10:27:24 AM PST by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a death cult that must end. Save your time...)
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To: John O
"Every moslem is a terrorist or he is not a moslem."

Exactly!

After reading the koran, that is the conclusion that I come to also.

25 posted on 12/15/2004 10:32:00 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: ApesForEvolution

LoL - BTT


26 posted on 12/15/2004 11:09:26 AM PST by Happy2BMe (It's not quite time to rest - John Kerry is still out there (and so is Hillary))
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To: TChris
"I send you out as sheep among the wolves."
27 posted on 12/15/2004 11:16:12 AM PST by Happy2BMe (It's not quite time to rest - John Kerry is still out there (and so is Hillary))
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To: nightdriver
So many great posts so far on this thread. Well... I'm... I'm... I'm nearly speechless. You guys are so great. I swear, it is a real comfort to know you are out there. I have read the "holy" Koran and am studying Arabic, as are several of my friends, because of this article I shared with them from the FR:

Montana Judge, 6 Others Use Web to Snare Terrorists
July 12, 2004 - Evan Moore reporting

CONRAD, MT. - By day, she’s the municipal judge of this tiny town, a wife and mother of three, but by moonlight Shannen Rossmiller is a spy. Then, Rossmiller — petite, blond and 34 — assumes one of several unlikely false identities, all angry, violent, Muslim men, nurturing hatred of the United States. In that guise, she combs the Internet through the late evening and early morning and sifts through the messages and declarations on extremist Islamic Web sites.

During those hours, Rossmiller is on a quest that consumes hours of each day, days of each week. It’s one that will place her on the stand Thursday as the government’s primary witness against a National Guardsman accused of offering information to help Muslim extremists kill U.S. troops.

It’s a quest that has already placed her in danger.

Rossmiller works with an exclusive group, a coalition of seven civilians, international "cyber spies" who chase terrorists on the Internet.

They call themselves the "7-Seas."

Until recently they were a largely unknown, almost clandestine bunch. Named for its global scope, the group consists of Rossmiller; a nuclear physicist/software designer in Canada; a corporate security consultant in Houston; a former private detective in Singapore; an Australian; and two other Americans.

They might have remained unknown. That is, if some of Rossmiller’s efforts hadn’t paid off, if she hadn’t run across Ryan Anderson, a National Guardsman accused of attempting to defect to al-Qaida and offering information on troop strength and vulnerable points on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Rossmiller never planned to be a witness. But then, she’d never planned to become a spy. She had grown up, married and pursued her career in the little town of 2,750.

Broke pelvis on 9/11

It’s a quiet community, in the northwestern quadrant of Montana in the shadow of Glacier National Park, home to wheat farmers, ranchers and a group of Hutterites, a traditional Christian sect related to the Amish.

There, Rossmiller was perfectly happy as municipal judge and might have remained so if she hadn’t broken her pelvis.

"It happened on the evening of 9/11," said Rossmiller. "We’d put in a new shower, I was just stepping into it and there I went. I was incapacitated for the next six weeks and all I heard was the news.

"I couldn’t avoid it, and I couldn’t help but feel that I had to do something."

Her first thought was to join the National Guard, a plan her husband, emphatically opposed. Rossmiller, however, describes herself as passionate in all her pursuits, and it wasn’t long before she found a new avenue.

"I began fishing around on the Internet and I found these groups," she said.

The "groups" included both the violent fringe of Islamic extremists and those who tracked them. Soon, Rossmiller was conversing with Brent Astley, the Canadian member, and others in the 7-Seas, and found herself drawn into their efforts.

"We’re not a bunch of alarmists, and we’re not politically motivated," said Dave, the Houston member who agreed to speak if not identified. "We’re probably the only group of our kind. Most of us have never met the others in person, but we’re all joined by the desire to stop terrorism in any form.

"I guess we’re like a parody of a spy novel, but we’re real."

Rossmiller’s role, however, was circumventing reality. Once she joined 7-Seas, she began creating various personae of violent, Islamic men.

"I’d never be taken seriously at those Web sites as a woman," she said.

Paying attention to detail The ruse requires careful preparation. Rossmiller, with her husband’s help, creates false "proxies" to indicate her e-mails originated from the Middle East. She uses a commercial translation tool to decipher messages and to change her text to Arabic. She studies the Koran and searches out actual addresses and names of Mosques and clerics to refer to. She keeps a world clock and makes sure she never sends a message during the hours she would be praying.

An early riser, she makes most of her communications between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., when it is afternoon in the Middle East.

Her efforts soon paid off. Within a few months of searching, she began communicating with a person who claimed to be an arms dealer. She calls him "Rocket Man."

"This character said he had missiles and missile parts for sale," said Rossmiller. "I went about it pretty slowly, said I didn’t believe him.

"I really didn’t believe it when he sent me a picture of himself and his address."

Rossmiller turned the dealer in to the FBI. She’s never learned what was done with the information.

Then, last October, she came across a man who called himself "Amir Abdul Rashid, a brother fighting on the wrong side." In reality, "Rashid" allegedly was Anderson, a 26-year-old tank driver with the 81st Armor Brigade at Fort Lewis.

Rossmiller will not discuss her upcoming testimony in Anderson’s court-martial. Her testimony in the May hearing, however, made it clear that she had extensive communication with the guardsman.

"This is like a second job for all of us," she said. "I probably devote as much time to it as I do to being a judge."

After exchanging 27 e-mails with "Rashid," Rossmiller called the FBI. Undercover agents then met with Anderson in a secretly videotaped session, during which he designated vulnerable points on a tank and offered other information.

Rossmiller netted an arrest. "Shannen’s the only member of the group who makes contact with terrorists," said Astley, the longest tenured of the 7-Seas.

"I guess we could be likened to a militia and have been. For the most part we visit terrorist Web sites. We analyze the data and we try to inform the appropriate authorities.

"But the word ’militia’ has some unpleasant connotations. We believe in what we’re doing and we try to bring terrorists to justice, but we’re not vigilantes. ... "

Often, said Astley, the group has no idea what is done with the warnings they pass on to authorities.

Her identity aired in court The organization also has been obscure. Few among government agencies will acknowledge their existence, and few among the intelligence community are aware of them.

Within the latter group however, 7-Seas has drawn some small praise.

"We applaud their efforts, what little we know of them," said Elizabeth Bancroft, executive director of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers in Washington, D.C.

That service has a price, however. When Rossmiller was called to testify in Anderson’s preliminary hearing in May, her identity and her membership in 7-Seas were revealed. Days after she appeared in court, phone threats were called in to Rossmiller’s office in Conrad, and she has been under police protection since.

The experience was sobering for Rossmiller and other members of her group.

"I think about it, but I don’t worry about it constantly. One of the good things about living in a town the size of Conrad is that it would be pretty difficult for a stranger to be here for any length of time and not be noticed."
28 posted on 12/15/2004 11:21:03 AM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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To: weenie
That sounds like a direct quote from our buddy Ibrahim Hooper... Rumor has it that every time Hooper is shocked, he eats another goat...He is fast becoming the Michael Moore of Islam.

Is that true about the goat? If so, it only proves that old saying, "you only hurt the one you love".

29 posted on 12/15/2004 11:24:59 AM PST by pawdoggie
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To: Happy2BMe

"I send you out as sheep among the wolves."

Yes, Master, but some of us sheep are very well armed. (smile)


30 posted on 12/15/2004 11:25:32 AM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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To: broadsword

God don't make no fools.


31 posted on 12/15/2004 11:34:08 AM PST by Happy2BMe (It's not quite time to rest - John Kerry is still out there (and so is Hillary))
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To: pawdoggie
Is that true about the goat? If so, it only proves that old saying, "you only hurt the one you love".

Heehaw.........that's great!

32 posted on 12/15/2004 12:38:12 PM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: TChris
Every Christian should be prepared to die for their faith, if necessary. It's a difficult thing for most, probably, but it is clearly becoming a growing possibility for each of us.

Very true.

It would be difficult, particularly if it were a slow beheading...but what an honor.

33 posted on 12/15/2004 12:53:43 PM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: USF

Islamic 'charity' is nothing but an extension of the 'widows and orphans' fund established by mohammad that provided him with an extra share of the booty obtained during raids on villages and merchants camel caravans; a slush-fund with which to mount his next expedition.
No widow or orphan ever received 'charity' from mohammad.
Read the biography of 'the prophet' - see tagline.


34 posted on 12/15/2004 12:57:30 PM PST by Fred Nerks (understand evil. Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD on pdf. Click Fred Nerks for link.)
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To: Happy2BMe

"In the past, such knowledge would have saved lives..."

Happy, I would like to believe that rather than utter an abomination I would prefer to 'bite the bullet' ... but what's that 'magic word' again... Alaykum?

I can't help but wonder how many millions have died rather than 'swear' that mohammad is the final prophet.


35 posted on 12/15/2004 1:07:21 PM PST by Fred Nerks (understand evil. Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD on pdf. Click Fred Nerks for link.)
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To: broadsword

Thanks for sharing that report.

We are glad you're here too.

Studying Arabic, way to go.

Keep up the great work.


36 posted on 12/15/2004 1:22:18 PM PST by jan in Colorado (I would choose death before I'd be forced to worship their god.)
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To: broadsword
I have read the "holy" Koran and am studying Arabic, as are several of my friends, because of this article I shared with them from the FR...

Just read it...excellent article.

How are you learning Arabic?

37 posted on 12/15/2004 1:53:13 PM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: broadsword
I've been following Rosmillers (aks Mrs Galt) work too and have been a regular on a few Islamic sites, sometimes using their terminology and pretending to be one of them.

You're right about the Arabic thing.... most of the English language jihadi sites have been closed down and the ones that were still struggling as closed forums (eg, clearguidance aka Islam on crack) have been so infiltrated that they no longer know who they can trust. That plays havoc with the jihadi recruitment and renders it as good as closed. Others have had to clean up their acts so much and remove so many posts (like Ummah.com) that their forums have been practically deserted.

The remaining whacko sites seem to be mostly Arabic forums with one or two I saw a while back that were in Bahasa (Malay/Indonesian).
38 posted on 12/15/2004 2:30:24 PM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: Fred Nerks

Thanks Fred.... I take it you won't be paying your Jizya anytime soon. ;o)


39 posted on 12/15/2004 2:35:00 PM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: USF

Like your tagline says....


40 posted on 12/15/2004 2:45:01 PM PST by Fred Nerks (understand evil. Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD on pdf. Click Fred Nerks for link.)
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To: weenie
Until next semester starts, I am getting a head start at the website listed below. I also know a couple of Arabs. One of them, a nice old man from Somalia, teaches me, but I have to put up with his praises of the "holy" Koran and Islam, which I do with a polite smile and feigned interest. He has no idea I am a fanatic Roman Catholic. I had another Friend from Jordan. He claims to be a Christian, and was teaching me Arabic, but last time I saw him, he went off on this long dumba$$ rant about how Bush is the devil and the war is wrong and how the Jews are controlling everything. I will not be visiting that cretin again. In all the years I knew and loved him, I had no idea he could be such a nut. He was pretty deceptive in hiding his true nature. It seems to be a practiced artform in the Arab world gutter.

Arabic

As in WWII, my friends, where EVERBODY was a part of the effort, we can all do something, no matter how small, together to save our nation and not turn it over to the seventh-century savages who will put our good American women in burkahs and offer us the tender choice of a prayer rug or a coffin.

At the least, we have to do something to counter the Islamonazi appeaser crowd, but my friends and I intend to do far more than that. Four of my brothers are already in the service and fighting the savages, while three more of them are studying in preparation to enter the service as officers, as am I.
41 posted on 12/15/2004 4:20:34 PM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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To: Fred Nerks

Man, I love all you good patriots. I wish there was some way we could all get together.

God's blessings of strength, wisdom and peace be with you all!
Success to America and darkness to all those who would harm her.


42 posted on 12/15/2004 4:23:10 PM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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To: TChris
Consider the heartbreakingly beautiful example of Cassie Bernall during the Columbine, CO school massacre:

That's not 'heartbreakingly beautiful', it's an idiotic waste.

Get help.

43 posted on 12/15/2004 4:26:46 PM PST by Pahuanui (When a foolish man hears of the Tao, he laughs out loud)
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To: broadsword
I am still processing all that you have said...

But your point that we must all do what we can to stem the Islamic tide strikes a strong note.

And as to your joining the war as an officer...great.

I wish the military would raise the age limit to allow entry by those of us who are older but still in good physical and mental condition (well, in good physical condition, anyway).

44 posted on 12/15/2004 4:36:42 PM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: Pahuanui

You are so wrong. You desperately need to "get help" before you end up facing Him with your ugly attitude.


45 posted on 12/15/2004 4:43:41 PM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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To: weenie
And as to your joining the war as an officer...great.

If I make it. That is a thing easter said than done, but I am working on it.

I wish the military would raise the age limit to allow entry by those of us who are older but still in good physical and mental condition.

So says my adopted father. He's a 45 year old Kng Fu Master and ex-street cop. He would go in a heartbeat if they would take him.
46 posted on 12/15/2004 4:46:28 PM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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To: broadsword

Best of luck...and God bless.


47 posted on 12/15/2004 4:49:34 PM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: broadsword
You are so wrong.

Yawn. You are entitled to your opinion.

You desperately need to "get help" before you end up facing Him with your ugly attitude.

Preach it to someone stupid enough to take the bait, Reverend.

48 posted on 12/15/2004 4:50:51 PM PST by Pahuanui (When a foolish man hears of the Tao, he laughs out loud)
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To: Pahuanui; TChris

Yawn. You are entitled to your obnoxious, intrusive opinion as expressed in post #43.

And you need to preach it to someone empty and sour enough to take Satan's bait from your forked tongue, atheist.

Pssst... you can buzz off now.


49 posted on 12/15/2004 4:56:46 PM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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To: broadsword

I'm with you. Just read your page. Agree with the last line totally. Remain vigilant.


50 posted on 12/15/2004 5:14:18 PM PST by Fred Nerks (understand evil. Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD on pdf. Click Fred Nerks for link.)
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