The Department of Justice has announced the latest in a string of arrests related to terrorist recruitment on the Internet. The indictment, unsealed Monday, charges that Colleen R. LaRose and five unindicted 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 the ability to travel within Western countries.
LaRose, who already is being dubbed "Jihad Jane," was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill Americans in a foreign country, making false statements to a government official, and attempted identity theft. As David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division, explained,
"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."
Demonstrative of that evolution is the use of developing technologies and the changing face of terrorists.
As we reported earlier this week, the FBI has recognized that "the cyber terrorism threat is real and it is rapidly expanding." This case is just the latest example. LaRose is charged with using the Internet to recruit violent jihadist fighters and supports, and to solicit passports and funding. Discussing the use of such technologies, U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy stated "this case shows the use terrorists can and do make of the Internet."
Read the indictment here.