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Quinn, the FBI's assistant special agent in charge for counter-terrorism in Philadelphia.
Eagle Eye wanted her to fly to Europe to train as an assassin with other al-Qaeda operatives, then to Sweden to do what few other Muslim jihadists could: blend in. authorities revealed the plot, they repeatedly described the Jihad Jane case as one that should forever alter the public's view of terrorism. terrorism laws, but only La Rose was charged in the plot to kill Vilks.The terrorists believed that her blonde hair, white skin and U. passport, even her Texas twang, would help her to get close enough to the target: Lars Vilks, a Swedish artist who had blasphemed the Prophet Mohammad by sketching his face on the head of a dog. At the time, one official said the conspiracy "underscores the evolving nature of the threat we face." A second said the case "demonstrates yet another very real danger lurking on the Internet" and "shatters any lingering thought that we can spot a terrorist based on appearance."The court filings and press releases draw a frightening portrait of the Jihad Jane conspiracy. The conspiracy included a troubled trio of Americans, each a terrorist wannabe: La Rose; a Colorado woman named Jamie Paulin Ramirez; and a Maryland teenager named Mohammed Hassan Khalid. Her sentencing was recently rescheduled to May 7 from December 19.But an exclusive Reuters review of confidential investigative documents and interviews in Europe and the United States - including the first with Jihad Jane herself -- reveals a less menacing and, in some ways, more preposterous undertaking than the U. Since the 9/11 terror attacks, the FBI has investigated hundreds of cases similar to the Jihad Jane conspiracy.With each investigation comes a challenge: how to prevent acts of terrorism without violating civil rights or overreacting to plots that are little more than bluster."We are going to err on the side of caution," says Richard P.The American who called herself Jihad Jane read the words on her computer screen.Colleen La Rose was fiddling on the Internet, passing time in her duplex near Philadelphia, when the call to martyrdom arrived from halfway around the world.
A compact woman with a seventh-grade education, La Rose was a recent convert to Islam.
She found a place for herself quickly, raising money and awareness online for the plight of her Muslim brothers and sisters. During her darkest days, La Rose had endured incest, rape and prostitution.
She surrendered her life to drinking and drugs, from crack to crystal meth.
Now, if she accepted the order to kill, she would surrender her life to a higher power: Allah.
The man who issued the directive called himself Eagle Eye.
La Rose knew him only by his online messages and his voice, and he claimed to be hiding in Pakistan.