Monday, January 31, 2011

"Jihad Jane" to Plead Guilty

According to reports from CNN, Colleen LaRose, the suspect authorities say labeled herself "Jihad Jane" on YouTube, will enter a plea of guilty related to charges she was plotting to wage violent Jihad overseas.

According to her attorney, LaRose will plead guilty in federal court in Philadelphia next week to charges she conspired to support terrorists and kill someone overseas. The alleged plot involved plans to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog in 2007. She is also accused of lying to federal agents and identity theft. She faces up to life in prison.

In 2009, LaRose had been sharing a home with a boyfriend and taking care of his elderly father near Philadelphia before suddenly disappearing. At the time, her boyfriend told CNN that she spent a lot of time on his computer. That computer and others were seized after LaRose's arrest.

She was taken into custody in Ireland, according to federal authorities.

Court papers stated LaRose allegedly was recruiting women online who had passports and could travel in Europe and elsewhere to support violent jihad.

At the hearing February 1, the government is expected to lay out what it would have been prepared to prove had the case gone to trial.

The alleged terrorist conspiracy began in June 2008, when LaRose posted a comment on You Tube under the username "JihadJane", saying she was "desperate to do something somehow to help" Muslims, according to a federal indictment.

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