Please tell me this is not going to be a reality series. The way the government and the media is scrubbing jihad and soft-selling the greatest threat to our civilization ... this is hardly surprising.
Last Easter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old mom with a $30,000-a-year job as a medical assistant, announced to her family that she had converted to Islam. A few months later, she began posting to Facebook forums whose headings included "STOP caLLing MUSLIMS TERRORISTS!"
On Sept. 11, she suddenly left Leadville, Colo., a small town in the Rocky Mountains, for Denver, then for New York, to meet and marry a Muslim man she connected with online, her family says. Ms. Paulin-Ramirez, who is 5-foot-11 and blonde, phoned her mother and stepfather in Leadville, providing them with an address in Waterford, Ireland, they say.
Ms. Paulin-Ramirez is the second American woman to be linked to an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who made fun of the Prophet Mohammed. An indictment was unsealed this week against Colleen R. LaRose, 46, a suburban Philadelphia woman who authorities said used the Web alias "JihadJane."
Ms. LaRose was accused of plotting to kill the cartoonist and attempting to recruit jihadis via the Internet.
She was arrested in October and later charged with providing material support to terrorists.
And "Jihad Jane"
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- She is a new threat. With her blond hair and blue eyes, you'd think she was just the woman next door. But that's the problem. Jihad Jane, or Colleen R. LaRose, 46, of Montgomery PA, was indeed the woman next door. Or a soccer mom.
Or a terrorist.
Jihad Jane was allegedly planning, along with a group of Islamic radicals overseas, to travel to Sweden to kill the Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks who had drawn a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed with a dog's body. She was trying to obtain more fighters to help her by using the internet.
The whole plot was revealed this week after 7 men were arrested in Ireland this week.
LaRose had said she would kill Vilks or die trying. Vilks for his part was not relying on anyone else to keep him safe. Instead, he kept an ax next to his bed and said he “had prepared in other ways.”
Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant said, "This is a very rare case of a disturbed woman but it shows how the Internet not only allows them to communicate, but also allows them to recruit."
He does worry, however, like many of us, that there may be others.
San Franciscans have learned that, if convicted, LaRose faces a potential life sentence and a fine of $1million
LaRose is currently under arrest and charged with trying to recruit fighters and plotting an assassination. She has been held since October 16, 2009.
She was known as "that crazy lady' who talked to her cats by her neighbors. But you wouldn't relate talking to cats to terrorism.
What you would relate, however, to possible terrorism, is that, online, LaRose called herself Jihad Jane and wanted to help the suffering of the muslin people. One of the ways she would do that, she said, was to kill Vilks.
There is no clue as to what caused her to reach out and offer her services to radical groups. But her unlikely "terrorist" appearance was of use to the radical groups that wanted to do harm on Americans.
"The terrorists figured out that they can't all look like Middle Eastern people, whether they be male or female," says Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent and consultant for ABC news.
LaRose herself realized this. She said in her emails that her physical appearance would allow her to "blend in" with many people and be a "way to achieve what was in [her] heart." She wouldn't need to travel anywhere to cause damage, she could also do it at home, if she wanted to.