March 10, 2010
Neocon bloggers are triumphant over the announced prosecution of Colleen LaRose aka Jihad Jane or Fatima LaRose. According to Right Wing News, the case proves conclusively that surveillance works, never mind the obvious detriment to the Fourth Amendment and the Bill of Rights.
“A few thoughts. First, this is the type of case that does belong in civilian court, as she is an American citizen. Second, this is, at first appearance, the exact type of case that should be tried as treason, and as a capital case, which doesn’t seem to be in the works. Third, our so-called by liberals/Bush haters ‘domestic surveillance’ works,” writes William Teach.
Not that much surveillance was required. LaRose had MySpace and YouTube pages where she openly espoused her apparently overnight adopted religious and political views.
Ms. Jihad was apparently so out in the open she drew the attention of the FBI early on, but only after a coterie of dedicated web-surfing neocon sleuths got on the case. “The FBI questioned her about soliciting funds for terrorism and posting on terrorist websites under the username Jihad Jane in July last year. But LaRose showed considerable naivety,” reports the Guardian.
In addition to naivety, LaRose was described as insane by neighbors. “She was the weird, weird, weird lady who lived across the hall. We always called her the crazy lady,” neighbor Eric Newell told The Los Angeles Times.
Her ex-boyfriend told authorities LaRose was not religious. “Her boyfriend of five years said LaRose had never hinted at Muslim leanings or attended religious services of any kind. Kurt Gorman, 47, of Pennsburg, said that he met LaRose in Texas and that nothing seemed amiss until she moved out of their apartment without warning in August,” reports the Associated Press.
And yet the federal indictment against LaRose “paints a picture of a woman whose devotion to the cause grew as she prowled the Internet and conversed with a loose band of terrorist suspects in Europe and South Asia.”
Ms. Jihad stands accused of plotting to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had angered Muslims by depicting the Prophet Muhammad on the body of a dog.
“Today’s 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 national security.
LaRose was arrested in October but not indicted until yesterday, March 9. The official reason given for this was that her case is intimately linked to the arrests Tuesday of seven Muslims in Ireland in connection with a scheme to kill Vilks who supposedly has a $100,000 al-Qaeda bounty on his head. “European news reports said Irish police, who arrested the four men and three women, had coordinated the operation with the United States,” The New York Times reports.
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The FBI is renowned for making terrorist mountains out of patsy mole hills. The agency’s corporate media celebrated arrests on terrorism charges usually fizzle in the courtroom, long after the media displays the requisite hoopla for propaganda purposes.
“Terror threats facing the United States prompt federal investigators to act quickly but have brought mostly minor charges in court cases, records show,” the UPI reported in 2008. “There have been no new attacks on U.S. soil, but also few stunning victories in court against homegrown terrorist ‘sleeper cells,’ the [The Washington Post] said. And there have been some high-profile acquittals or hung juries in terror investigations.”
For instance, in 2008, a jury twice deadlocked in the Miami trial of the “Liberty City Seven,” a group of impoverished Miami laborers accused of planning to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago. When they were indicted in 2006, Attorney General Gonzales declared the government had just thwarted “a full ground war against the United States.”
During the Miami trial, the supposed leader of the group testified that he’d never planned on blowing anything up. He was just trying to get some money out of the informant who was egging them on.
The FBI relies almost exclusively on paid informants.
“Many of these cases appear to be the informant who is either working off a case to avoid going to jail or being deported or is seeking remuneration, approaching some people and getting them excited, getting them angry and persuading them to join in what has been described as terrorism conspiracies.” Sam Schmidt, a lawyer who represented one of the men accused in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa, told The Washington Independent.
Regardless of the recent arrest of Muslims allegedly plotting ill-will in Ireland, the announcement of LaRose’s indictment yesterday makes sense when recent events are taken into consideration — a recent video by American al-Qaeda member Adam Gadahn calling for death and destruction of all things infidel and still fresh memories of the mental case John Patrick Bedell shooting police officers outside the Pentagon and the highly suspect case of Joe Stack supposedly flying a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas.
Jihad Jane is a near perfect patsy for a government eager to extend indefinitely the phony GWOT against the mirage of cave-dwelling terrorists who are said to have relocated to Anywhereville, USA.
She is also fodder for an insatiable corporate media looking for Muslim miscreants under every rock, especially white all-American Muslims (and anti-government “extremists”) who supposedly represent the new face of terrorism that the government and the Mockingbird corporate media insist requires a fresh round of indignities — from naked body scanners to cell phone tracking and beyond — all of it indicative of a pervasive loss of liberty in America.