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'Jihad Jane' admits to Lars Vilks murder plot

AFP/The Local · 2 Feb 2011, 07:24

Published: 02 Feb 2011 07:24 GMT+01:00

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Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Colleen LaRose simply replied "yes" when she was asked by US District Court Judge Petrese Tucker if she was now pleading guilty, after first denying the charges last year.

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to terrorism, plotting to kill in a foreign country, lying to the FBI and attempted identity theft -- charges for which she could face life behind bars.

LaRose was arrested in October 2009 in a plot to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who unleashed a storm of protests from Muslims with his cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad seen as insulting to Islam.

US authorities have said the Pennsylvania resident, who recounted on her MySpace page how she converted to Islam, spent more than a year networking with would-be attackers around the world.

She sought to recruit men and women online, raise money and even agreed to carry out the murder of a Swedish resident, pledging "only death will stop me," the indictment charged.

The Justice Department unsealed the indictment against LaRose in March 2010, just hours after Irish police arrested seven people accused of plotting to kill Vilks.

An Al-Qaeda-linked group has placed a $100,000 bounty on his head in response to a cartoon he drew depicting the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog.

"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 Assistant Attorney General David Kris.

The Department said LaRose had received a direct order to kill a Swedish national, and had traveled to Europe to track him online.

LaRose had allegedly bragged in one email that her appearance allowed her to go anywhere undetected, saying it was "an honor & great pleasure to die or kill for" jihad.

The rash of cases of so-called home-grown terrorists is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States.

LaRose's case was seen as an indication of an alarming new development in which militants were drawn not from Muslim immigrant communities but from Americans born and raised in the United States.

The Department of Justice said LaRose and her co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe.

They also sought to recruit women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad, it added.

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A second woman, and a friend of LaRose, was also charged in the case after she flew back to the United States and surrendered to authorities.

Former Colorado resident Jamie Paulin-Ramirez was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

The Department of Justice said in April that the 31-year-old had traveled with LaRose "to and around Europe to participate in and in support of violent jihad."

She is due to stand trial in May.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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08:34 February 2, 2011 by engagebrain
Only the feeblest of gods would be bothered by a cartoon - the real problem for all religious groups is that outsiders just won't take their nonsense seriously and accord them the privileged place their religion promises them.

There are dangerously deluded people in the world who,when mixed with a strong ideology, become a danger to the rest of us.

Lars Vilks is a hero for demonstrating the danger that the religious pose for the rest of society.
09:18 February 2, 2011 by wolverine2k
hmm.. the one who converted her didn't tell her the whole truth. The heaven in Islam is basically only reserved for men. Women will either end up in hell and burn forever. OR, they will end up in heaven as one of the 72 houris who will be by big fat bearded mullahs/terrorists, in short it is hell anyways. To escape such a fate, I would suggest all women to mass convert to something better like Buddhism or Hinduism or turn an atheist.

And we the good people will also be free of the next gen scum since there won't be any next gen.
09:35 February 2, 2011 by Ravioli
If she's admitting the she committed a crime then she's not a true Muslim.
10:10 February 2, 2011 by big5
Aftonbladet's Oisin Cantwell wrote in December that the Jihad Jane plot was just an example of media hysteria and that it wasn't true.

I wonder if he'll write a column now explaining that he was wrong.


By the way, cred to Jihad Jane for having more integrity than her male jihad colleagues; they all lie and refuse to stand up for what they've done when captured.
10:57 February 2, 2011 by John Wayne
Hahahahaha,you tell,em Trow,I haven't laughed so hard in a month.
11:58 February 2, 2011 by calebian22
Thanks for the laugh. Your paranoia and grandiose belief in your self-importance is truly astonishing. If the security services wanted you dead, you would be dead.
12:34 February 2, 2011 by calebian22
What you call facts are what professionals call delusions. You might want to take advantage of the socialized system here in Sweden and see a psychologist, maybe even two.

You are entertaining though. I will grant you that.
13:05 February 2, 2011 by big5
I knew a guy who believed the Jews were out to get him because they thought he was a Nazi War criminal. The funny thing is, he was born after WWII had ended... LOL. Nothing you said to him could get him to let go of the idea... he was really worried about it all the time!
13:15 February 2, 2011 by calebian22
Would a persecuted ex agent such as yourself who is a CIA/Mossad/FDA/UPS/PTA/HOA, target who is fearful for his life, have a blogg and spend time airing his conspiracy theories on the discussion boards of the Local? Probably not. Would a person with paranoid personality disorder or full blown schizophrenia have a blogg and spend time airing his conspiracy theories on the discussion boards of the Local? Definitely.
13:19 February 2, 2011 by RobinHood
I experienced similar persecution to the kind Trowbridge has suffered; mostly to do with the US government reading my mind. I put a stop to it by making and wearing a hat made out of silver paper. I am wearing it now in fact.

I can give you the specs if you want Trow.
13:44 February 2, 2011 by calebian22
So the attempts have dropped off since you started informing the world? Since these are delusions wouldn't your effort to combat the enemy be successful? As the protagonist/hero of your own fabrication it stands to reason you would be victorious. Common fantasies generally paint us as James Bond, not agent Dingleberry who is killed in the opening sequence.

However, on a more practical level, if the doctors here in Sweden can't find anything wrong with you, why would you automatically assume it is some top secret weapon used by the HOA against you? Couldn't it possibly be oh, I don't know, psychosomatic? If your emotions are so wound up to think you are being poisoned, it stands to reason, that some physical symptoms might manifest.

And no, WE (the people who think you are loony toons) are not part of some organization looking to discredit you, so that you can be bumped off at a later date when no one notices. We just think you should take advantage of the social system here in Sweden and seek out a mental health professional.
13:45 February 2, 2011 by big5
@RobinHood: "I put a stop to it by making and wearing a hat made out of silver paper. I am wearing it now in fact. "

Careful, that can have the opposite effect: functioning as an antenna!
13:59 February 2, 2011 by RobinHood
@Big 5

You have to have the shiny side on the outside, and absolutely no rips in the paper. I'm not stupid you know!
14:38 February 2, 2011 by Swedesmith
It helps if you shape it into a cone and write the word "dunce" on the side. At least that is what my teachers told me.
15:09 February 2, 2011 by Roy E
There's nothing more to this story than a weak-minded woman who got manipulated.
15:16 February 2, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
I just got a shirt with this cartoon, I will gladly wear it.

Kudos to Vilks : )
16:15 February 2, 2011 by jackx123
muslim brain washing that's all
16:38 February 2, 2011 by Querist
Let's go to the videotape...

When the charges were first put forth.... Mr. Ford opined "No plot has even been stated, only alluded to, the suspects in American and Irish courts don't seem to have done anything of a coordinated nature - only more speculation - and other actions recalled which seem to be relevant.

It's a good example of trial by a most servile media."

Now 'Jihad Jane' with her own voice pleads guilty as charged. Ha Ha.

(from the above article): " "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 Assistant Attorney General David Kris.

score: Securocrats = 1 Mr. Ford = 0.

18:34 February 2, 2011 by Snoopy!
shhhhhshhhh whats that sound ? aghhhh it´s the Looney Tunes theme accept its coming from the sirens on that van I see named "Extreme Looney Unit"

World wide alert has been given to all sources to capture & apprehend the highly deluded individual by the name of Trowbridge H Ford before he continues stealing more precious oxygen from the sane.
19:27 February 2, 2011 by Rahelli
yesssssss Lars Vilks is a hero
19:45 February 2, 2011 by EP
Lars Vilks is no hero ... I applaud the Danes for supporting free-speech, but Vilks is just a copy-cat. I would say what he did was far from original and in bad-taste for riding the coat-tails of the Danes (who I would say had the balls to do it, with Vilks hiding behind them)
20:08 February 2, 2011 by G_man469
hi guy's 'Jihad Jane' if she admit her commit crime she is good and i thinks she try to do best even lary vilks is guilt he abuse religion he must get his panishment god will i will vilks got lesson he is not attempt t p try it anther time
08:04 February 3, 2011 by big5
@G_man469 "even lary vilks is guilt he abuse religion he must get his panishment god will i will vilks got lesson"

Religions have to be able to withstand abuse. By constantly threatening to kill critics, Islam just makes itself look like an insecure, weak, and paranoid religion.
05:39 February 4, 2011 by technoviking

Trowbridge you are a paranoid schizophrenic. You have a disease. You must have lucid moments when you realize that.

You need medical help and/or medication...seriously, get help, man.
16:02 February 4, 2011 by big5
Trowbridge is a classic delusional. I've seen this before, the exact same pattern of fantasies. He needs meds.
17:30 February 4, 2011 by Torontonian
Mr Ford never neglects to bring the Jews in. Like clockwork.
17:37 February 4, 2011 by nagrind
obama = Stalin = bush or ussr = usa...who, why, and why ruined >>you
10:58 February 5, 2011 by big5

To be fair, I'm the one who first mentioned "The Jews".


Okay so you were in contact with Jihad Jane. You are still totally delusional, as anyone who has had contact with paranoid schizophrenics will easily recognize.

My friend also had contact with real Jews, they weren't "imaginary" as you say. It's just that he drew warped conclusions from everything that was happening around him, and it all finally centred on some big conspiracy on the part of govt agencies and so on that all were terribly interested in him in particular.
17:56 February 5, 2011 by big5
No they weren't imaginary. They were real people, real Jewish people who knew my friend. However his thinking was delusional, as is yours. Goodbye, and good luck finding the help and care you need.
18:18 February 5, 2011 by zoroastrina
"attempted identity theft " by a wacko(?). We recently seem to have had an experience with an identity theft, which we have reported to the U:s: Army and the FBI. Our letter follows: Ladies and Gentlemen,

My relative,Patricia Rauch, was contacted on Skype.de by someone claiming to be the well-known and distinguished General Douglas Edward, who wanted to chat with her. She chatted with him twice; on each occasion he initiated the chat. We have copied the second long chat (which we can send to you if you want it), in the course of which he demanded of her that she receive a package at our home address, which he said he needed in order to be able to take up residence in Germany, a country about which he seemed to know very little. He intended to sell the security system he had allegedly devised for 3 million dollars to many countries throughout the world. His command of English grammar and spelling was defective. We wonder if the package could possibly contain an IED (an improvised explosive device). We have blocked all contact with this person, but he said that he would seek someone else to receive the package. He could be dangerous. You should take this problem seriously. Terrorists would like to target Americans living abroad, as we have read in the press. The whole event is very puzzling. We have contacted the FBI, but have heard nothing from them. We have checked the Internet for the real general, and the suspected impostor seemed not to know much about the real general. I think the person who contacted us is a fake. We have no Internet connection at home, but we use the computer center of the University of Duesseldorf.
18:36 February 5, 2011 by big5
"He intended to sell the security system he had allegedly devised for 3 million dollars to many countries throughout the world. His command of English grammar and spelling was defective."

That's a Nigeria scammer.

But for a paranoid schizophrenic it could be interpreted as anything.
19:21 February 6, 2011 by big5

Here's another example of the General Douglas Edwards Lute scam, this time from a Chinese citizen in Shanghai.

Transcript here:


It's a nigeria fraud scheme, nothing to get worked up about. It's not dangerous as long as you don't send money or bank codes, and as this example shows, it's obviously not targetting Americans, just anyone with money.
23:14 February 6, 2011 by big5
I'm debunking paranoid delusory hijackings.
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