March 10, 2010 |
She is white and has an American passport, so "JihadJane," a.k.a. Colleen R. LaRose of Montgomery County, decided she was an ideal candidate to carry out a terrorist attack in Sweden, federal prosecutors alleged yesterday. The target was Lars Vilks, who in 2007 drew a portrait of Muhammad to test "the limits" of artistic expression. The result was a series of death threats, culminating yesterday in the indictment of LaRose, 46, on charges of conspiring to provide support to Islamic extremists with whom she allegedly plotted to kill the Swedish artist.
April 25, 2010 |
Everything was going so well. We had Michelle Obama striding around the White House, flashing those Smith & Wesson arms at visiting heads of state. Tiger Woods and Rep. Tickle-Me-Eric Massa each made his solitary mea culpa without a tremble-chinned wife by his side. Thank you, Jenny Sanford, for forever banishing that hideous scenario. And Kathryn Bigelow cradled the Oscar that made her the first female director ever to snag best picture. Extra credit because The Hurt Locker was about that most testosterone-soaked subject, war - and because she bested her ex in the category to boot.
April 8, 2010 |
The second woman charged in the "JihadJane" case, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, is deeply worried about her 6-year-old son and stunned at the international attention she has received after voluntarily returning to the United States, her attorney said Wednesday. Paulin-Ramirez, 31, was ordered detained for trial at a brief federal court hearing in Philadelphia, where she shook her head to indicate a not-guilty plea rather than use her voice. She is accused of traveling to Europe in the fall with her son at the invitation of a Montgomery County woman, Colleen R. LaRose, also known as "JihadJane.
March 18, 2010 |
The Montgomery County woman who calls herself "JihadJane" has confessed to the FBI about her alleged role in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist, according to two people close to the investigation. Colleen LaRose confessed to FBI agents shortly after her October arrest at Philadelphia International Airport, where she had just arrived from London, said the two sources, who spoke on conditon of anonymity. LaRose, 46, whose arrest was kept quiet until related arrests last week in Ireland, is scheduled to be arraigned this morning at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia.
April 3, 2010 |
"JihadJane" encouraged a second American woman to travel to Europe, where she participated in a plot to kill a Swedish artist, a new federal indictment alleges. The accusation is the first time U.S. terrorism prosecutors have formally connected Colleen R. LaRose, the Montgomery County woman who went by the e-mail name "JihadJane," and the Colorado woman, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez. Paulin-Ramirez was charged in Philadelphia and voluntarily flew here Friday. She was arrested at the airport by the FBI. Paulin-Ramirez, 31, and LaRose, 46, were allegedly involved with a group of Muslim extremists based in Ireland who were attempting to recruit sympathizers whose passports and appearances would allow them to "travel in and around Europe in support of violent jihad," prosecutors say. Both women are white and blond-haired, and apparently first met during e-mail communication with jihadi sympathizers overseas.
June 26, 2010 |
The agent in charge of the FBI in Philadelphia, Janice Fedarcyk, was promoted Friday to head the FBI field office in New York City, the largest in the nation. Fedarcyk was named to the post of assistant director of the agency by FBI director Robert S. Mueller 3d. Fedarcyk was posted to Philadelphia two years ago. She has wide experience in terrorism investigations, and oversaw inquiries into the exploitation of children, Mueller said in a statement. "She is well-prepared to lead our largest office.
March 11, 2010 |
COLLEEN LaRose was a troubled woman even before, authorities say, she went on the Internet as JihadJane and offered herself up as an avenging angel to Islamic militants. A possible suicide attempt prompted by the death of her beloved father, drinking bouts and reported legal troubles in her former home in Texas all preceded the arrest of LaRose, 46, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, last fall for allegedly trawling the Internet in search of terrorists she could aid and pledging to die for their cause.
May 13, 2010
Thai security delays blockade BANGKOK, Thailand - Authorities prepared Wednesday to cut water, electricity, and food supplies to antigovernment demonstrators camped in central Bangkok, turning to siege tactics after a compromise offer failed to end their protest. Officials originally planned to start the blockade at midnight but then said it might be delayed because of problems for people not participating in the protest. As midnight passed, there was no sign of a cutoff of services, and speeches from the stage carried on without interruption.
October 1, 2010 |
Absolutely not. Swedish artist Lars Vilks has no regrets about his 2007 drawing depicting the prophet Muhammad as a stray dog. "It's a part of the game you play when you are an artist," he said yesterday while visiting Philadelphia. "Now there would be a terrorist waiting around every bush. I don't know if I can ever live my life as I had done. " His work, however, has come with a hefty price: A fatwah was declared on the 64-year-old Vilks and $150,000 is said to be promised to the assassin who uses a knife to end his life, the artist said.
October 24, 2011 |
A Pakistani student who last week became the youngest terrorism suspect indicted in the United States pleaded not guilty today to charges that helped plot a violent attack overseas. In a brief hearing in federal court in Philadelphia, 18-year-old Mohammad Hassan Khalid uttered just two words - "not guilty" - before being ushered back into custody. The two-count indictment unsealed Thursday said Khalid, a legal permanent U.S. resident from Maryland, conspired with others, including Colleen R. LaRose, the Montgomery County woman known online as "JihadJane," to plot attacks in Europe and South Asia.