Pennsylvania woman, Colleen LaRose, a.k.a ‘Jihad Jane’, pleads guilty to terror charges today. That is the news today from the Federal court in Philadelphia where LaRose admitted to her part in a plot to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who’s controversial use of the image of Prophet Muhammad caused worldwide protests. LaRose, 47, used many online ‘handles’, like ‘Jihad Jane’, ‘Fatima LaRose’, ‘ExtremeSister4Life’ and ‘SisterOFTerror’ to post her message of jihad in Europe and South Asia. David Kris, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. said “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.”
Colleen LaRose was among a group exposed after seven people were arrested in Ireland plotting to murder Vilks. A second American woman, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, was also arrested in connection to this plot. She pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against her. LaRose, on the other hand, appears proud of her role.
In 2009, she traveled to Europe to join the plot to kill the Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks. Being a blonde, Western woman, she was considered very valuable to the plot, being able to travel with little scrutiny by security authorities. In a 2008 YouTube comment, she posted that she was “desperate to do something somehow to help” the cause. Her personal life was a dismal collection of failed marriages and small-time crimes. But within the Jihad movement, LaRose became an important asset, using the Internet to recruit men and spread propaganda.
Colleen LaRose made news again today when the Pennsylvania woman known as ‘Jihad Jane’ pleads guilty to terror charges. She admitted to her involvement in a plot to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. Using names like ‘Fatima LaRose’ on the Internet, she promoted global jihad in Europe and South Asia. Federal prosecutors, including David Kris, point to LaRose as a sign of the ever-changing nature of the war on terror.