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.
March 10, 2010 |
KURT GORMAN had no idea that his Texas girlfriend of four years was on the Internet calling herself JihadJane. Colleen R. LaRose, whom he met in Ennis, Texas, left the couple's Montgomery County apartment Aug. 23, the day after his father's funeral, without telling him, he said. "I came home and she's gone. She packed up and left. Didn't see it coming, didn't know," Gorman told the Daily News last night. "I was upset, worried. Maybe something happened to her. You don't know.
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.
June 26, 2012 |
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Norwegian man has received terrorist training from al-Qaeda's offshoot in Yemen and is awaiting orders to carry out an attack on the West, officials from three European security agencies told the Associated Press on Monday. Western intelligence officials have long feared such a scenario - a convert to Islam who is trained in terrorist methods and can blend in easily in Europe and the United States, traveling without visa restrictions. Officials from three European security agencies confirmed Monday the man is "operational," meaning he has completed his training and is about to receive a target.
April 3, 2011 |
Gov. Christie delivered a spirited, impromptu defense last week of a Muslim lawyer he had nominated for a judgeship. On the face of it, the comments weren't extraordinary. But given the way some Republicans have recently characterized Muslims, what he said was remarkable to hear from a GOP darling. Consider these statements by other Republicans, all likely to run for president next year: "I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they [his grandchildren]