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Posted on 03/09/2010 12:56:58 PM PST by Doogle
A Pennsylvania woman known to authorities as "Jihad Jane" was charged 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, unsealed Monday, charges that Colleen R. LaRose, and five unindicted co-conspirators 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.
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(Added March 9, 2010)
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AllahsSoldier1406 (46 minutes ago) 0 Reply
I knew her, I do not disagree with what she was attempting to do at all, but from talking to her last year on youtube I knew she was a bit extremist..
Not that her views were incorrect, but that she outwardly experessed her anger in an extremely negative way.
Had she been more calm in her speech maybe her plan had gone better. :)
March 10, 2010
“I turned in Colleen “Jihad Jane” LaRose to the FBI — A Jawa Report Exclusive”
SNIPPET: “Here is The Jawa Report’s exclusive report* from the person who notified the FBI about Colleen “Jihad Jane” La Rose’s online activities in support of terrorism.”
By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at March 10, 2010 11:30 PM
“Another Sister Targeted By The So-Called American Justice System
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:41 | Written by Abdullah as-Sayf”
From the OH REALLY? department...
WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010
“A Terror Suspect Who Fits No Profile
Blonde-Haired, Blue-Eyed American Who Took Name “Jihad Jane” on Web Represents a Vexing Problem for U.S. Anti-Terror Agencies”
By Bob Orr
SNIPPET: “The Internet is filled with Web sites and videos promoting Jihad and bloggers, many based in the U.S., looking for recruits. On Wednesday CBS News researcher Khaled Wassef scrolled through a long list.
“It would not be an exaggeration if I said that there are at least dozens of bloggers operating from the United States,” Wassef said.”
“Jihad Jane, American who lived on Main Street”
March 10, 2010 3:30 p.m. EST
SNIPPET: “LaRose is also linked to the online organization Revolutionmuslim.com — where she was a subscriber, again using the name Jihad Jane. The site is run by an American Muslim who has called the Army psychiatrist accused of a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a hero.
A posting on the site Wednesday said: “Sisters — please consider sending her [LaRose] a message of support and hope and let’s remind her she isn’t alone. It’s likely she’s the only Muslimah there. As always, use discretion when writing, don’t ask pointed questions, and of course don’t say anything that could create problems for her or yourselves.””
“’Jihobbyists’ No More: English-Speaking Western Jihadists Coming of Age
By Evan Kohlmann
SNIPPET: “Perhaps the most ironic aspect of all the media attention in the latest criminal allegations against “Jihad Jane” is that Colleen LaRose of Pennsylvania is only the latest example of this odd emerging trend in homegrown terrorism. Indeed, LaRose is hardly alone in this category, whether we speak of London resident Samina Malik, an active user on jihadi social networking forums who busied herself with transcribed Al-Qaida training manuals into English during spare time at her job working in secure areas of Heathrow Airport—or Canadian citizen Beverly Giesbrecht (a.k.a. Khadija Abdul Qahhar), who was taken hostage by the Taliban during rather suspicious travels through North Waziristan. Both men and women who were once written off as hapless wannabes and mere “jihobbyists” are unexpectedly rising to the occasion, in often quite desperate bids to prove their total commitment to the cause.
These individuals are, more frequently than not, English-speaking with only a cursory knowledge of Arabic or the Middle East.”
March 11, 2010
ABC: Net Posse Tracked Jihad Jane for Three Years
THE JAWA REPORT
Note: Grahics included at link.
Note: The following blog entry is a quote:
March 11, 2010
Jihad Jane: “I won’t quit til Islam dominates the world; I never want peace with these filthy bastards” — Another Jawa Report Exclusive
Here’s a screenshot of one of Coleen “Jihad Jane” “Fatima” LaRose’s YouTube accounts from October of 2008.
I’ve gotten several media inquiries asking me whether I had any saved YouTube accounts or videos. The answer is no. But StarCMC did and she decided — for some unknown reason — that she wanted me to publish it and not her.
Who am I to pass up another exclusive?
If you click the thumbnail above you should be able to see the original version of it. If you’re from the media and you want to use the image, please cite “The Jawa Report” or “StarCMC” and for love of all that is holy is it too hard to ask that you link us when you give the credit?
I’ve transcribed what she wrote on her JihadJane4Life channel below. Is it just me, or do you think she’s a little annoyed that she kept getting pwn3d by we “Zionists, Zionist slaves, and haters”? Lulz.
With the exception of some spacing and emphasis, I’ve done nothing to alter the text. Spelling errors, therefore, belong to the author.
Inshallah i will always come back, no matter how many times i am suspended. This suspension BS is getting old!! but I wont quit till Islam finally dominates the WORLD!
****TO THE ZIONISTS&YOUR SLAVES****
GO TO HELL!!
you wiill NEVER stop Islam, nor the truth tellers form spreading the truth!!
If you are a zionist savage or a kafir
STAY THE HELL OFF MY CHANNEL!!
Asalam Alaikum my beloved brothers, sisters, &dear friends
Please do not tell me not to talk to the haters with hate. I am sick & tired of being suspended, for no friggin reason!! & I know it is the haters that have been getting me suspended!!
If you are friends with any kafir, or zionist, then there’s no need to accept or request friend invite with me. I am not talking about non-Muslims, as we all know non-Muslims does not always mean they are kafirs. If you just say to the haters that you only want peace, I assure you are wasting your time with these savages. I will never want peace with these filthy bastards... I wont wast one minute on
That’s some classic stuff right there!
Also, on a personal note .....
That pic never gets old.
By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at March 11, 2010 11:46 PM
“Jihad Jane was wrongfully accused?”
Video Description - quote:
RTAmerica March 11, 2010
The arrest of a 46 year old woman from Pennsylvania is drawing international attention. Colleen Larose, who called herself Jihad Jane, was allegedly planning a terror plot and using the internet to recruit others to join her cause.
Category: News & Politics Tags: jihad jane kristine frazao Pennsylvania Younus Abdullah Muhammad revolutionmuslim.com colleen larose terror plot rt russia today rt america
ON THE INTERNET:
Friday, 12th March 2010
“US woman charged for planning attacks in Europe, South Asia”
SNIPPET: “Ms LaRose also was identified by the monikers “Fatima LaRose” and “JihadJane.” A MySpace page under the name “JihadJane” features a biography of a Pennsylvania woman who describes herself as having “reverted to Islam.”
“I live in Pennsylvania, originally from Texas. I have recently (a couple months) reverted to Islam and I can safely say that of all the things I have ever done in my lifetime, becoming Muslim is what i am the proudest of.”
Elsewhere, the user lists her heroes as “Skeikh OBL,” an apparent reference to Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, and “The brothers in... Jihad.””
12 March 2010
“IN PRAISE OF JAWAS...”
SNIPPET: “My best wishes to all concerned: job well done. That’s one Little Blue AK for Jihad Jane, and one for each of her co-conspirators arrested in Ireland.”
Still on the topic of Ireland...
“”Roundabout dog” terror plot, Mar 2010”
osted on Fri, Mar. 12, 2010
“’JihadJane’ was laughable, Web watchers say”
By Larry King
Inquirer Staff Writer
SNIPPET: “For years, “JihadJane” had been a joke to those who kept tabs on her online.
She flirted with people who commented on the extremist videos she posted on YouTube.
When Web-monitoring groups learned her true identity, they laughed at photos of Colleen R. LaRose, the Muslim sympathizer from Montgomery County, quaffing beer in photos on her MySpace page.
But then she crossed a line.
According to the Web site JawaReport, a member of the online community monitoring LaRose became alarmed when she began soliciting funds through her Twitter account for terrorists.
That was enough for the person to contact the FBI in July, according to the administrator of JawaReport, who writes under the pseudonym “Rusty Shackleford” for personal security reasons.”
ADDING to poat no. 109:
“Enemy within: Americans in global terror web”
Published 12 March, 2010, 10:50
Edited 12 March, 2010, 15:56
SNIPPET: “Chief analyst of the website Revolutionmuslim.com, Younous Abdullah Muhammad, believes the timing of the arrest is significant.”
ADDING to post no. 113:
Note: Photo included.
Second American female convert to Islam arrested in plot to kill Motoonist
“The face of jihad”
SNIPPET: “Yet another convert to Islam misunderstands the Religion of Peace and gets involved in this jihadist murder plot. “For the Love of Islam: A Second American Woman Is Arrested in Cartoonist Case,” by Vanessa O’Connell, Stephanie Simon and Evan Perez in the Wall Street Journal, March 13 (thanks to Pat):
Last Easter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old mom with a $30,000-a-year job as a medical assistant, announced to her family that she had converted to Islam. A few months later, she began posting to Facebook forums whose headings included “STOP caLLing MUSLIMS TERRORISTS!””
SNIPPET: “On Sept. 11, she suddenly left Leadville, Colo., a small town in the Rocky Mountains, for Denver, then for New York, to meet and marry a Muslim man she connected with online, her family says. Ms. Paulin-Ramirez, who is 5-foot-11 and blonde, phoned her mother and stepfather in Leadville, providing them with an address in Waterford, Ireland, they say.”
SNIPPET: “In 2008 or 2009, Mr. Mott said, Ms. Paulin-Ramirez enrolled in an online course about Islam.”
SNIPPET: “By Easter 2009, she had informed her mother that she was a Muslim. At her father’s May 2009 funeral in Kansas, her aunts had to plead with her not to cover her head and hair with a hijab. Over the summer, her family says, she was spending increasing time on the computer and had begun to dress in the traditional garb, covering not only her hair and face but also her hands. Her current Facebook page lists her as Jamie Paulin, with a photo in which all that is visible are her eyes peering from slits in her full-face veil. [...]
A few months before she disappeared, her stepfather says he confronted her: “What are you going to do, strap a bomb on and blow up something?” he asked her. He recalled that she responded: “If necessary, yes.” [...]
ON THE INTERNET:
ADDING to post no. 113:
“Arrested Muslims had prayer group plan”
By Cormac OKeeffe
Friday, March 12, 2010
SNIPPET: “SOME of the seven Muslims arrested as part of an international probe into an alleged plot to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks had planned to set up an extremist prayer group in Waterford to radicalise other Muslims, gardaí believe.”
SNIPPET: “The seven four men and three women were arrested by armed gardaí on Tuesday in Waterford and Cork following a lengthy Garda investigation based on information provided by US intelligence agencies.
Five of the seven suspects three Algerians, one Libyan and one Palestinian had their periods of custody extended on Wednesday night on application to the courts for a further three days.
Two others a Croat and a US citizen had their detention periods extended for three days yesterday morning.”
SNIPPET: “Gardaí had the suspects and associates under surveillance for four months.
Investigators suspect that three of those arrested an Algerian, Croatian and Libyan were at “similar levels” in the group.”
SNIPPET: “Garda sources have confirmed the arrests are linked to the prosecution of American woman Colleen LaRose over an alleged plot to murder Mr Vilks. The woman, who went by the online name of “Jihad Jane”, visited Ireland last September for two weeks when she met some of those arrested.”
SNIPPET: “The computer experts are examining internet downloads on the computer and other documentation seized. Much of this is in Arabic and gardaí have contracted a company that provides interpretation services to the Gardaí to assist.”
This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Friday, March 12, 2010
“Irish Authorities Release American Woman Arrested in Terror Plot”
March 13, 2010
SNIPPET: “SNIPPET: “DENVER An American woman and three others arrested in Ireland over an alleged plot to assassinate Swedish artist Lars Vilks have been freed without charge, Irish police said Saturday.
Seven people including the American woman, three Algerians, a Libyan, a Palestinian and a Croatian were arrested Tuesday in Ireland. Irish police said three others who were also arrested remained in custody and were being questioned.
In Leadville, Colo., Christine Mott identified the American woman held in Ireland as her daughter, 31-year-old Jamie Paulin-Ramirez. Christine Mott said she was informed of Paulin-Ramirez’s arrest by the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies.
Irish police refused to confirm whether Paulin-Ramirez is the woman released and have declined to release the identities of any of those arrested.”
Note: The following post is a quote:
March 9, 2010
Pennsylvania Woman Indicted in Plot to Recruit Violent Jihadist Fighters and to Commit Murder Overseas
WASHINGTONDavid Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Michael L. Levy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, together with Janice K. Fedarcyk, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI in Philadelphia, today announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Colleen R. LaRose, aka Fatima LaRose, aka JihadJane, 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 individuals 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.
Todays 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. I applaud the many agents, analysts, and prosecutors who worked on this important investigation.
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. LaRosean American citizen whose appearance was considered to be an asset because it allowed her to blend inis 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.
This case demonstrates that the FBI and our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities must continue to remain vigilant in the face of the threats that America faces, in whatever form those threats may present themselves or no matter how creative those who threaten us try to be, said Special Agent-in-Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk of the Philadelphia Division of the FBI. We must use all available technologies and techniques to root out potential threats and stop those who intend to harm us.
If convicted of the charges against her, LaRose faces a potential sentence of life in prison and a $1 million fine.
This case was investigated by the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Jennifer Arbittier Williams, Assistant U.S. Attorney from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Matthew F. Blue, Trial Attorney from the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Departments National Security Division.
The public is reminded that an indictment is an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
“American Linked to Terror Plot ‘Lost Her Mind’”
Saturday, March 13, 2010
SNIPPET: “Jamie Paulin-Ramirez also began talking about Jihad with her Muslim stepfather and spent most of her time online as she withdrew from her family, Mott said.”
SNIPPET: “A U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Saturday that Paulin-Ramirez had been detained in Ireland in connection with an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended many Muslims.
Irish police said later Saturday that they had released without charge an American woman, who they didn’t identify, and three others arrested in Ireland over an alleged plot to assassinate the cartoonist, Lars Vilks.”
Reminder to readers: Post no. 122 is regarding the female detained in Ireland
Still updating the second female Paulin-Ramirez.
Note: Photo included.
Published: March 14, 2010 12:07 am
No cartoon: Leadville woman, 31, freed in plot
By TRACY HARMON
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
SNIPPET: The last time Mrs. Mott said she had spoken to her daughter, Sept. 11, she reported her daughter told her she had been in Denver praying.
Mrs. Mott told police she and her daughter had been fighting after Paulin-Ramirez had decided on Easter that she was going to become a Muslim.
Paulin-Ramirez began to wear a scarf and spend an excessive amount of time on the Internet speaking to someone named Alley, according to Thomas report. Mrs. Mott feared that her daughter was headed to New York to meet Alley, an Algerian man, who said he was coming to America to become a pilot. She also voiced fears that it was her, and not her daughter, who was Christians primary caregiver and was afraid the boy would not be accepted into the Muslim community.
Mrs. Mott told Thomas that it was, very out of character for her daughter to disappear, giving up a job she had held for more than two years at Vail Valley Medical, where she was a medical assistant.
37 posted on March 14, 2010 1:21:21 AM PST by Cindy
MARCH 14, 2010, 6:44 A.M. ET
Four Released in Ireland Terror Case
By NEIL SHAH and VANESSA OCONNELL
SNIPPET: WATERFORD, Ireland Irish police said on Saturday evening they have released all three women who were among seven individuals arrested earlier this week in connection with an alleged plot to murder a Swedish cartoonist.
They were released and not charged, police said.
SNIPPET: The three remaining people in custody are males, and are being held in the Tramore and Waterford stations, a spokesman for the Irish police said. Police also confirmed for the first time Sunday morning that a U.S. citizen had been among those in custody.
The released individuals could still face charges down the road. A report for each of those arrested will be submitted to a director of public prosecutions, who can then decide whether the suspect should be re-arrested and charged. This process could take a matter of weeks, the spokesman said.
A release of Ms. Paulin-Ramirez raises the question of whether she will now be deported.
SNIPPET: The U.S. national, a woman, was believed to be in a relationship with one of the other males, an Algerian, this source had said.
38 posted on March 14, 2010 1:54:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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(This is regarding female subject #2 - the released American - Ireland detainee.)
ADDING to post no. 125:
MARCH 15, 2010
U.S. Woman Released in Terror Case
By NEIL SHAH in Waterford, Ireland, VANESSA OCONNELL in New York and EVAN PEREZ in Washington
SNIPPET: U.S. officials are still investigating what role Ms. Paulin-Ramirez may have played in the purported plot against the cartoonist, according to people close to the situation.
Investigators are still looking into her Internet contacts to determine whether Ms. Paulin-Ramirez was an active participant in the alleged plot or just swept up in the probe by virtue of being in touch with others charged.
SNIPPET: The Justice Department said it wouldnt confirm her identity. There are no U.S. charges pending against her and her status in Ireland is unclear.
SNIPPET: The police have sought and been granted an extension on the three remaining males in custody, including an Algerian man, which means they can be held until Tuesday.
ADDING to post no. 39...UPDATE:
Posted on Thu, Mar. 18, 2010
“JihadJane pleads not-guilty”
By Derrick Nunnally
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SNIPPET: “In a quick hearing in a crowded federal courtroom, Colleen “JihadJane” LaRose of Pennsburg pleaded not guilty Thursday to terrorism charges.
LaRose, 46, was in court just 21/2 minutes for the arraignment on charges that she joined a plot by militant Muslims abroad to kill a Swedish artist.
Wearing tight braids in her dirty-blonde hair and a green jail uniform, LaRose appeared to pay little notice to the capacity crowd in the courtroom, though defense lawyer Mark Wilson later said she had been smiling slightly.
Her only words of the brief appearance, “not guilty,” came in a strong, though raspy, voice.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynne A. Sitarski set a May 3 trial date for LaRose and ordered her to remain in jail, where she has been held since she was arrested in October while stepping off a flight at Philadelphia International Airport.”
“Security experts: Don’t blame Internet for JihadJane and other recent terror scares”
By Michael Booth, The Denver Post
Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010 11:15 PM EST
SNIPPET: “It’s not the Internet. It’s the unstable surfer at the keyboard that constitutes the threat.”
SNIPPET: “I see this as a symptom of the domestic American-Islamic extremist community coming of age,’’ said A. Aaron Weisburd, a criminologist and director of the Society for Internet Research, which studies and publicizes terrorist use of the Internet.
“I also see this as American extremists reaching out to like-minded individuals overseas, more than people overseas looking for Americans to recruit,’’ he said. The arrests are ``also a symptom of the increased effort the government is making to address the issue so the news is not necessarily bad,’’ Weisburd said.”
“Jihad Jane case suggests rising threat from online ‘jihobbyists’”
By Michael B. Farrell, Staff writer / March 19, 2010
SNIPPET: “’Jihobbyists’ are people drawn to the online theater of violent jihad, becoming increasingly radical as they delve deeper into Web forums. Colleen LaRose, also known as ‘Jihad Jane,’ is an example of this threat, according to counterterrorism experts.”
SNIPPET: “But jihobbyism stops when you cross over that line from thought to action,” Brachman said. “[W]hen they start stepping toward making something violent happen including when you knowingly fund a terrorist organization that crosses the line from jihobbyism to material support for terrorism.
Aaron Weisburd of the Society for Internet Research, which monitors online Islamic extremism, said, The problem is that the term jihobbyist conveys the notion that these guys are not serious ....
In fact what these guys are doing, he wrote on his blog, is marking time while waiting for the opportunities and associations to appear that will allow them to become real jihadis.”
1 comment to Neighbor: LaRose seemed like everyday housewife
March 11th, 2010 at 10:25 am
please free her. she was merely following quranic injunctions.
April 2, 2010
Note: The following text is a quote:
Women from Colorado and Pennsylvania Charged with Terrorism Violations in Superseding Indictment
WASHINGTONA superseding indictment unsealed this afternoon in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania charges Jamie Paulin Ramirez, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Colorado, and Colleen R. LaRose, aka Fatima LaRose, aka JihadJane, a resident of Pennsylvania, with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. The superseding indictment adds Ramirez as a defendant to what was previously an indictment charging only LaRose.
The new charges were announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Michael L. Levy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Janice K. Fedarcyk, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI in Philadelphia.
The superseding indictment charges that LaRose and Ramirez traveled to and around Europe to participate in and in support of violent jihad. According to the superseding indictment, Ramirez exchanged e-mail messages with LaRose during the summer of 2009, in which LaRose invited Ramirez to join her in Europe to attend a training camp. Ramirez is charged with accepting the invitation and asking to bring along her minor male child. On Sept, 12, 2009, Ramirez traveled to Europe with her child with the intent to live and train with jihadists. The day she arrived in Europe, the indictment alleges, Ramirez married an unindicted co-conspirator whom she had never before met in person.
The superseding indictment charges Ramirez, age 31, with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charges against LaRose remain unchanged, and carry a maximum potential sentence of life in prison and a $1 million fine.
Ramirez was arrested this afternoon in Philadelphia after voluntarily flying to the United States from abroad.
This case was investigated by the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force in Philadelphia, the FBI Field Division in New York, and the FBI Field Division in Denver. It is being prosecuted by Jennifer Arbittier Williams, Assistant U.S. Attorney from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Matthew F. Blue, Trial Attorney from the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Departments National Security Division.
The public is reminded that an indictment is an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Background Link with ongoing updates:
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Was Jihad Jane A Recruit Of Lashkar-E-Toiba?
Saturday, April 03, 2010
SNIPPET: In June 2008, Jihad Jane had posted a comment on YouTube saying she was desperate to do something somehow to help suffering Muslims. According to the FBI indictment, she appears to have been contacted by the jihadis thereafter. The indictment charges that she received a direct order to kill a Swedish resident. She traveled to Sweden and tracked the target with the intent of carrying out the murder. The FBI identified the target as cartoonist Lars Vilks.In an e-mail message to a co-conspirator, she wrote that she would pursue her mission till I achieve it or die trying, according to the indictment.The indictment accuses her of agreeing, in March 2009, to marry a co-conspirator from a South Asian country who was trying to obtain residency in Europe.He allegedly urged her to go to Sweden, find the Swedish man and kill him. The indictment claims she tried to raise money over the internet, lure others to her cause, and lied to FBI investigators.
According to US media reports, she is also linked to an online organization Revolutionmuslim.com where she was a subscriber, again using the name Jihad Jane. The site is run by an American Muslim, who had made the following posting after she was indicted: Sisters please consider sending her [LaRose] a message of support and hope and lets remind her she isnt alone. Its likely shes the only Muslimah there. As always, use discretion when writing, dont ask pointed questions, and of course dont say anything that could create problems for her or yourselves.
She has been accused not only of conspiring to murder the cartoonist, but also of allegedly trying to recruit women with Western passports to marry fellow violent jihadists and of raising money for terrorist causes.
The US Department of Justice has issued the following statement regarding her indictment:
SNIPPET: B. Raman is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai.
Labels: India, Pakistan, Terrorism
Guilty! and I’m not talking about her looks. She is ugly on the inside.
wow, that threw me a curve...responding from a post back on 3/09/10..*LOL*
SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2010
“Support our Sister Fatima”
SNIPPET: “POSTED BY TALIBA AL-QURAN
February 1, 2011
NOTE The following text is a quote:
Pennsylvania Woman Pleads Guilty in Plot to Recruit Violent Jihadist Fighters and to Commit Murder Overseas
PHILADELPHIAColleen R. LaRose, aka Jihad Jane, 47, pleaded guilty today to all counts of a superseding indictment charging her with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements, and attempted identity theft. LaRose faces a maximum potential sentence of life in prison and a $1 million fine when sentenced.
The guilty plea, which was entered today before U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker, was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security David Kris, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane David Memeger, and Special Agent-in-Charge George Venizelos, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Philadelphia Division.
LaRose, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment in March 2010. A superseding indictment was filed in April 2010, adding co-defendant Jamie Paulin Ramirez, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Colorado. Ramirez is awaiting trial which is scheduled to begin May 2, 2011.
According to documents filed with the court, LaRose and her co-conspirators 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.
LaRose and her 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. LaRose also stole another individual’s U.S. passport and transferred it in an effort to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
In addition, 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. LaRose agreed to carry out her murder assignment, and she and her co-conspirators discussed that her appearance and American citizenship would help her blend in while carrying out their plans. LaRose later traveled to Europe and tracked the intended target online in an effort to complete her task.
Today’s guilty plea, by a woman from suburban America who plotted with others to commit 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 National Security. I applaud the many agents and analysts and prosecutors who helped bring about today’s result.
We are working diligently to protect the public by investigating and prosecuting terrorists, said Memeger. Today’s plea is an illustration of the dedicationby the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, this office, and the National Security Divisionto achieve that goal.
The guilty plea in this case today demonstrates our need to remain vigilant to the continuing and evolving threats that we face in addressing terrorism, said Special Agent-in-Charge George C. Venizelos, of the Philadelphia Division of the FBI. Our Joint Terrorism Task Forces and our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities need to, more than ever, stay creative in our approaches to preventing acts of terrorism.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Philadelphia, the FBI Field Division in New York, the FBI Field Division in Denver, and the FBI Field Office in Washington, D.C. Authorities in Ireland and Sweden provided assistance in this matter. The Office of International Affairs in the Justice Departments Criminal Division also provided assistance. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Matthew F. Blue, Trial Attorney from the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
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“”Jihad Jane” Pleads Guilty”
by IPT News Feb 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm
SNIPPET: “Colleen LaRose pled guilty to conspiracy to support terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, lying to investigators and attempted identity theft. She faces a potential life sentence.
According to a memorandum outlining the plea change, prosecutors said that their evidence proved LaRose “worked obsessively on her computer to communicate with, recruit and incite other jihadists.” She then agreed to try to kill Swedish cartoonists Lars Vilks, who drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad’s head on the body of a dog.”
SNIPPET: “Jamie Paulin-Ramirez remains charged in the case and has entered a not guilty plea. The women hoped to use their Western appearances and passports to avoid detection as they plotted terrorism and recruited jihadists.”
Correcting url in post no. 138:
Thanks for the update, Cindy.
You’re welcome Gene Eric.
>> The women hoped to use their Western appearances [on behalf of terrorism]
A few days ago, a FReeper implied genetic correlations to forms of insurrection particularly that waged by MEs. It made sense but it’s a point better stated by supporting data that I’m sure is not hard to find.
So, with that in mind, if this woman is a ‘genetic’ Westerner, I propose her actions were anomalous.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Colorado Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorists
WASHINGTON Jamie Paulin Ramirez, 32, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Colorado, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Ramirez faces a potential maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing.
The guilty plea, which was entered today before U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, was announced by Todd Hinnen, acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Zane David Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and George C. Venizelos, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBIs Philadelphia Division.
Ramirez was first charged in a superseding indictment filed in April 2010, along with co-defendant Colleen R. LaRose, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Montgomery County, Pa. On Feb. 1, 2011, LaRose, aka JihadJane, aka Fatima LaRose, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements and attempted identity theft.
According to documents filed with the court, Ramirez, LaRose and others conspired to obtain military-style training in South Asia and then traveled to and around Europe to participate in and in support of violent jihad.
In a series of electronic communications dated July 19, 2009, one co-conspirator (identified as CC#2 in the superseding indictment) directed another to recruit online some brothers that can travel freely . . . with eu passports . . . [A]nd I also need some sisters too. The co-conspirator further explained that sister fatima will be in charge of other sister care. . . .[W]e have already organized everything for her. . . . [W]e are will[ing] to die in order to protect her no matter what the risk is.
Ramirez exchanged e-mail messages with LaRose during the summer of 2009, in which LaRose invited Ramirez to join her in Europe to attend a training camp. For example, on Aug. 1, 2009, LaRose sent electronic communications to Ramirez stating that soon i will be moving to Europe to be with other brothers & sisters . . . . when i get to europe, i will send for you to come be with me there . . . . [T]his place will be like a training camp as well as a home.
In electronic communications dated on or about August 7, 2009, CC #2 recruited another individual to find brothers and sisters to go to a camp for [military-style] training . . . and th[e]n come back to europe to do the job . . . . [T]he job is to [k]nock down some individual[s] that are harming islam. CC#2 goes on to explain that he is structuring an ORGANIZATION divided into a plan[n]ing team . . . research team . . . action team . . . recruitment team . . . finance team.
Ramirez accepted LaRoses invitation to travel to Europe and asked to bring along her minor male child. On Sept, 12, 2009, Ramirez traveled to Ireland with her child with the intent to live and train with jihadists. The day after she arrived in Ireland, Ramirez married CC#2, whom she had never before met in person, in an Islamic ceremony, knowing and intending that her presence in Europe, her marriage to CC#2 and her future actions would provide support for the conspiracy.
Todays guilty plea by Jamie Ramirez, coupled with that of Colleen LaRose last month, underscores the evolving nature of the terrorist threat we face, said acting Assistant Attorney General Hinnen. Many counterterrorism and law enforcement officials worked tirelessly to deal with the threat these defendants posed; I applaud their efforts and those of all of the national security professionals and prosecutors that work to keep the country safe.
Keeping our community and the country safe are a top priority of this office, said U.S. Attorney Memeger. This case and the guilty pleas are a culmination of the vigilant efforts by the FBI agents in this district, the prosecutors in my office and law enforcement officers around the globe. It underscores the importance and success of international collaboration when fighting terrorism.
The guilty plea in this case today is yet one more success our efforts against the continuing and evolving threats that we face, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Venizelos. Our Joint Terrorism Task Forces work very closely with all of our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities to ensure that we remain vigilant, alert and creative in our approaches to identifying and preventing acts of terrorism.
This case was investigated by the FBI Field Division in New York, the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force in Philadelphia, the FBI Field Division in Denver, and the FBI Field Office in Washington, D.C. Authorities in Ireland also provided assistance in this matter.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Matthew F. Blue, Trial Attorney from the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Departments National Security Division. The Office of International Affairs in the Justice Departments Criminal Division also provided assistance.
Posted on Fri, Aug. 26, 2011
“Maryland teen arrested by FBI in Jihad Jane plot, sources say”
By John Shiffman
Inquirer Staff Writer
SNIPPET: “The boy is 17 but was 15 when he conspired with Colleen LaRose of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, to solicit money and recruits for a jihad, according to documents and sources. His case is sealed in U.S. District Court in Philadephia.
His family emigrated from Pakistan four years ago, and relatives say the boy - Mohammed K., of Ellicott City, Md. - was headed to Johns Hopkins University on a full scholarship this fall.”
SNIPPET: “The FBI believes that Mohammed was part of the conspiracy, and that he met LaRose in a jihadist chatroom, sources said.”
“Teen tied to Jihad Jane allegedly plotted school shooting”
August 27, 2011
By John Shiffman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SNIPPET: “”I had a lot of thoughts about you today,” Mohammed K. wrote to his Western Pennsylvania pen pal late last year. “About us both doing martyrdom operations together in my school. . . . It was like we both were in a big truck and had guns and we were shooting randomly at a huge crowd of kids.””
SNIPPET: “Mohammed’s chat room friend was Emerson Begolly, a Pennsylvania State University student who was soon charged with soliciting unrelated terror attacks. Transcripts of the chats were publicly filed in that case.
During the Nov. 22, 2010, chat, Mohammed told Begolly he lived near National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.
“The place where I live is a HOTBED of NSA and all the security agencies of Amrika (sic),” Mohammed wrote. “And the kids who study in my school proudly state that their parents work in NSA and FBI, and even carry key chains - piss me off.”
“Like Columbine?” Begolly asked.
“Na’am, lol” Mohammed wrote, using the Arabic word for “yes” and Internet slang for “laughing out loud.””
FBI.gov - Philadelphia - Press Release: Washington - "TWO INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO TERRORISTS" (SNIPPET: "Ali Charaf Damache, an Algerian man who resided in Ireland, and Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a Pakistani citizen and U.S. lawful permanent resident who resided in Maryland, have been charged..." SNIPPET: "Damache, aka "Theblackflag," 46" SNIPPET: "Khalid, aka "Abdul Ba'aree 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Hassan Al-Afghani Al-Junoobi W'at-Emiratee," 18") (October 20, 2011) (Read More...)
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT Blog: "JIHAD JANE ASSOCIATES CHARGED WITH TERROR SUPPORT" (SNIPPET: "Algerian-born Ali Charaf Damache and Pakistani citizen Mohammad Hassan Khalid were charged Thursday in Pennsylvania with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Known by an Internet username "Theblackflag," Damache also is charged with..." SNIPPET: "Using the Internet to communicate, recruit and solicit funds, the pair is accused of conspiring with "Jihad Jane," also known as Colleen R. LaRose, and Jamie Paulin Ramirez...") (October 20, 2011, 3:54 pm) (Read More...)
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Leader of Revolution Muslim Pleads Guilty to Using Internet to Solicit Murder and Encourage Violent Extremism
U.S. Attorneys Office
February 09, 2012
Eastern District of Virginia
ALEXANDRIA, VAJesse Curtis Morton, aka Younus Abdullah Muhammed, 33, of New York City, pleaded guilty today to using his position as a leader of Revolution Muslim Organizations Internet sites to conspire to solicit murder, make threatening communications, and use the Internet to place others in fear.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBIs Washington Field Office; and Raymond W. Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Liam OGrady.
Morton faces a maximum penalty five years in prison for each of the three charges when he is sentenced on May 18, 2012.
Jesse Morton operated Revolution Muslim to radicalize those who saw and heard his materials online and to incite them to engage in violence against those they believed to be enemies of Islam, said U.S. Attorney MacBride. We may never know all of those who were inspired to engage in terrorism because of Revolution Muslim, but the string of recent terrorism cases with ties to Mortons organization demonstrates the threat it posed to our national security. Were grateful to the FBI, NYPD, and their law enforcement partners throughout the world who made todays conviction possible.
Individuals such as Morton who encourage violence and create fear over the Internet are a danger to our society and to the freedoms we enjoy as citizens, said Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. Todays plea, and other recent cases of those associated with Mortons organization, demonstrate the widespread nature of this danger. Together with our partner law enforcement agencies, and with the assistance of the community, the FBI will continue to pursue those who promulgate violent extremism and promote the radicalization of others.
Fortunately, NYPD Intelligence Division detectives were in a position to learn exactly how Morton used the Internet to conspire to solicit murder, and how he encouraged others to solicit the murder of an artist whose material he deemed offensive, said Police Commissioner Kelly. This important plea resulted because the NYPDs monitoring of Mortons activities, combined with the investigative and prosecutorial expertise of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia, made for a strong case, in addition to a strong partnership.
According to a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Morton founded Revolution Muslim in December 2007 and created various online forums that contained postings and information supportive of violent extremism. Morton and his associates used the organizations websites to encourage Muslims to engage in violence against those they believed to be enemies of Islam and to support Osama bin Laden, Anwar Al-Awlaki, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others espousing violence. They posted messages in support of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the November 2009 killings at Ft. Hood and attacks and future threats against Jewish organizations, among others.
Through his online forums, Morton conspired with Zachary Chesser, of Fairfax County, Va., and others to solicit the murder of an artist tied to the Everybody Draw Mohammed Day movement in May 2010, including posting online a magazine that included the artist in a hit list for violent extremists to take out and a message from Anwar Al-Awlaki that explicitly called for the artists assassination. In justifying these actions, Morton posted online a speech of his asserting that Islams position is that those that insult the Prophet may be killed and exhorting his listeners to fight the disbelievers near you.
In addition, Morton admitted through his statement of facts that he aided Chesser in taking repeated steps in April 2010 to encourage violent extremists to attack the writers of South Park for an episode that featured Muhammad in a bear suit, including highlighting their residence and urging online readers to pay them a visit. Among the steps they took were posting on multiple occasions speeches by Anwar Al-Awlaki, which explained the Islamic justification for killing those who insult or defame Muhammad. Morton worked with Chesser to draft a message for the website regarding the South Park threats, including a quote from Osama bin Laden that If there is no check in the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions. Morton and Chesser posted the final version of this statement on various extremist online forums, and Chesser told Morton that he expected the statement would scare the kuffar. Kuffar is an Arabic term, referring to an unbeliever, or disbeliever, in Islam.
Chesser was arrested on July 21, 2010, charged with providing material support to al Shabaab and later also pleaded guilty to communicating threats and soliciting violent extremists to desensitize law enforcement. Four days after Chessers arrest, Morton fled to Morocco, where he resided until his arrest on U.S. charges on May 26, 2011.
In his statement of facts, Morton admitted that the Revolution Muslim websites contained the writings of and/or contributed to the radicalization of individuals who were inclined to engage in violence, including the following:
Samir Khan, previously of Charlotte, N.C., before moving to Yemen in 2009, was authorized by Morton to post materials on Revolution Muslim, and Morton provided Khan with two articles for the first two online editions of Jihad Recollections, an online magazine dedicated to violent extremism. In July 2010, Morton posted the first edition of Inspire magazine, an English-language magazine supporting al Qaeda that Morton believed to be the product of Khan. The magazine included an eight-page article titled Make a bomb in the kitchen of Your Mom, with detailed instructions regarding the construction of an explosive device.
Bilal Zaheer Ahmad, of the United Kingdom, was provided the password to Revolution Muslim by Morton and given permission to post messages. In November 2010, Ahmad praised Roshonara Choundhry for attempting to kill a British member of parliament over his support for the Iraq war and posted a list of 383 members of parliament who had voted for the Iraq war, along with suggestions on how to get in to see them and a link to a store selling a weapon similar to that used in Choundhrys attack. Ahmad told Morton that the purpose of the post was to make those MPs fearful.
Abdel Hameed Shehedah, a former resident of Staten Island, N.Y., who was charged in October 2010 of making false statements involving his alleged attempt to travel to Pakistan to join a fighting group such as the Taliban. The statement of facts states that Shehedah attended Revolution Muslim meetings, made his website, civiljihad.com, a feeder site for Revolution Muslim and eventually arranged for all visitors to his website be routed automatically to Revolution Muslim.com.
Rezwan Ferdaus, of Ashland, Mass., was charged in September 2011 with plotting to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives. The statement of facts states that in February 2010, Ferdaus e-mailed Morton asking for counsel regarding his duties as a Muslim and whether martyrdom operations were proper practice. Morton replied that martyrdom operations must be judged by intention but can have enormous benfits (sic) in a war of attrition.
Colleen R. LaRose, aka Jihad Jane, of Montgomery County, Pa., was charged in March 2010 with a variety of terrorism-related offenses, including plotting to kill Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who has been the subject of several murder threats based on his artwork depicting Muhammad. According to the statement of facts, Morton notified Sheikh Abdullah Faisal, a Muslim cleric convicted in the United Kingdom of soliciting murder, that LaRose was a subscriber to Revolution Muslim YouTube accounts.
Antonio Benjamin Martinez, of Baltimore, Md., was arrested and charged with plotting to bomb a military recruiting station in December 2010. The statement of facts states that one month prior to his arrest, Martinez viewed a video of Osama bin Laden and multiple terror training camp video clips on the Revolution Muslim website.
Jose Pimental, of New York City, was arrested and charged in November 2011 in connection with a plot to build and use a bomb to assassinate members of the U.S. military returning from active duty in Afghanistan. According to the statement of facts, Pimental contacted Morton saying that he was a big fan of Revolution Muslim, and that Morton recommended that Pimentel stay away from an individual because there is high probability that he is working for the FBI.
Mohamed Hamoud Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, both of New Jersey, were arrested in June 2010 on their way to Somalia to join a terrorist organization to kill individuals whose beliefs and practices did not accord with their ideology. The statement of facts states that both Alessa and Almonte were associates of Mortons within the Revolution Muslim organization, and Morton was interviewed by investigators from the New York City Police Department on the day of their arrest.
This investigation is being conducted by the FBIs Washington Field Office and the New York Police Departments Intelligence Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon D. Kromberg and Karen L. Dunn of the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney John T. Gibbs of the Counterterrorism Section in the National Security Division are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.
“MD. teen plans guilty plea in terror case in Pa.”
March 05, 2012|FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
SNIPPET: “A Maryland student accused of conspiring with the Montgomery County woman known as “Jihad Jane” plans to plead guilty.
Court papers filed Monday show that Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, is due in court in Philadelphia next month for a change-of-plea hearing, the Associated Press reported.
Born in Pakistan, Khalid was an honors student living with his family in Ellicott City, outside Baltimore, and planning to attend Johns Hopkins University when FBI agents arrested him in July.”
SNIPPET: “He and LaRose met online in a jihadist chat room when Khalid was 15, sources told The Inquirer. The indictment said he was actively trying to solicit donations and help plan a jihad.”
For The Record - The IPT Blog
“Maryland Man Pleads Guilty in Terror Plot”
by Abha Shankar May 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm
SNIPPET: “A Maryland teenager of Pakistani origin pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, was charged in October along with Algerian-born Ali Charaf Damache, aka “The blackflag” in connection with a scheme to support, recruit, and coordinate a terrorist cell to wage violent jihad in Europe.
“Today’s plea, which involved a radicalized teen in Maryland who connected with like-minded individuals around the globe via the Internet, underscores the evolving nature of violent extremism today,” Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said in a Justice Department press release.
Court records show that Khalid and Damache conspired with Colleen R. LaRose (also known as “Jihad Jane”), Jamie Paulin Ramirez, and others to develop “a violent jihad organization divided into a planning team, a research team, an action team, a recruitment team, and a finance team, some of whom would travel to South Asia for explosives training and return to Europe to wage violent jihad.”
LaRose pleaded guilty in February 2011 to plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist and to recruiting people to wage terrorist attacks. She faces up to life in prison. Ramirez pleaded guilty the following month to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
In addition to recruiting jihadist online, Khalid and others also solicited funds for terrorists and recruited women who could use Western passports to travel to Europe in support of their jihadi objectives.”
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Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorists
U.S. Department of Justice
May 04, 2012
WASHINGTONMohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, a Pakistani citizen and U.S. lawful permanent resident who resided in Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, stemming from his participation in a scheme to support, recruit, and coordinate members of a conspiracy in their plan to wage violent jihad in and around Europe.
The guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was announced by Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Zane David Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and George C. Venizelos, Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Division of the FBI.
Khalid, aka Abdul Baaree Abd Al-Rahman Al-Hassan Al-Afghani Al-Junoobi Wat-Emiratee, was charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists in a superseding indictment returned on October 20, 2011. Khalid faces a potential sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing.
Khalids co-defendant, Ali Charaf Damache, aka Theblackflag, 46, an Algerian man who resided in Ireland, was charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and one count of attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism. Damache is in custody in Ireland and is being prosecuted there on an unrelated criminal charge.
Todays plea, which involved a radicalized teen in Maryland who connected with like-minded individuals around the globe via the Internet, underscores the evolving nature of violent extremism today, said Assistant Attorney General Monaco. I thank the many agents, analysts, and prosecutors who helped bring about this case.
This case has demonstrated that age is not a limiter to threats to our nations security, said U.S. Attorney Memeger. Regardless of a defendants age or background, we are committed to keeping our communities and our country safe through the investigation and prosecution of violent extremist activity.
This investigation and the guilty plea announced today underscores the continuing threat we face from violent extremism and radicalism, both from within our country and from across the world, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Venizelos. These threats can emerge from anywhere and from anyone, from individuals and groups in the farthest reaches of the globe or from those in the United States sitting in the perceived safety of their own homes.
According to the plea memorandum, indictment and other court documents filed in the case, from about 2008 through July 2011, Khalid and Damache conspired with Colleen R. LaRose, Jamie Paulin Ramirez, and others to provide material support and resources, including logistical support, recruitment services, financial support, identification documents, and personnel, to a conspiracy to kill overseas.
LaRose, aka Fatima LaRose, aka JihadJane, pleaded guilty in February 2011 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, false statements, and attempted identity theft. Ramirez pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in March 2011 to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
Khalid, Damache, and others devised and coordinated a violent jihad organization consisting of men and women from Europe and the United States divided into a planning team, a research team, an action team, a recruitment team and a finance team; some of whom would travel to South Asia for explosives training and return to Europe to wage violent jihad.
As part of the conspiracy, Khalid, Damache, LaRose, and others recruited men online to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe. In addition, Khalid, Damache, LaRose, and others allegedly recruited women who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad. LaRose, Paulin-Ramirez and others traveled to and around Europe to participate in and support violent jihad. In addition, Khalid, LaRose, and others also solicited funds online for terrorists.
For example, in July 2009, Khalid posted or caused to be posted an online solicitation for funds to support terrorism on behalf of LaRose and later sent electronic communications to multiple online forums requesting the deletion of all posts by LaRose after she was questioned by the FBI. In August 2009, Khalid sent a questionnaire to LaRose in which he asked another potential female recruit about her beliefs and intentions with regard to violent jihad. In addition, Khalid received from LaRose and concealed the location of a U.S. passport that she had stolen from another individual.
The Khalid case was investigated by the FBI Field Division in Baltimore, in conjunction with the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force in Philadelphia and the FBI Field Divisions in New York and Washington, D.C. Authorities in Ireland also provided assistance in this matter.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Matthew F. Blue, Trial Attorney from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Departments National Security Division. The Office of International Affairs in the Justice Departments Criminal Division also provided assistance.
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