“Jihad Jane” Who Plotted to Kill Swedish Cartoonist Pleads Guilty

Jihad Jane
By Allan Lengel

The woman who went by the name “Jihad Jane” — a made-for-TV moniker — pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia  to terrorism charges that included allegations that she was involved in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog.

Colleen R. LaRose, aka “Jihad Jane,” 47, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support toterrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements and attempted identity theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia said. She faces up to life in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker.

LaRose, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Montgomery County, Pa.,  was indicted last year along with Jamie Paulin Ramirez, a U.S. citizen and former Colorado resident who is set to go to trial on May 2.

Authorities charged that  LaRose and her co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and were able to travel around Europe in support of violent jihad, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities said LaRose and her co-conspirators used the Internet to establish relationships with one another and to communicate their plans, which included martyring themselves, soliciting funds for terrorists, soliciting passports and avoiding travel restrictions through the collection of passports and through marriage.

Additionally, federal authorities charged that she received a direct order to kill the controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks in a way that would frighten “the whole Kufar [non-believer] world.”

Authorities said she agreed to carry out the plan, and  figured her appearance and American citizenship would help her blend in while executing the plan.  She was never successful in carrying out the plot.

“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,”  David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security said in a statement. “I applaud the many agents and analysts and prosecutors who helped bring about today’s result.”

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