"Jihad Jane" otherwise known as Colleen R. LaRose, was indicted by a federal grand jury for terrorism. The forty six year old blond haired and blue eyed American woman from Pennsylvania was involved in the terrorist network, supported suicide attacks within the United States, Europe, and Asia, and was involved in recruiting others, including women, to wage "jihad" or "holy war" on non-believers of Islam.
LaRose's key instrument to enable her desire to "kill or die trying" was her computer. With the use of e-mail, YouTube, falsified travel documents, and solid religious beliefs with an Islamic base, LaRose intended to scare the "kufar [nonbeliever] world." Authorities found the anti-American sentiment embedded in LaRose's hard drive and also in her actions. LaRose flew to Sweden with the intent to kill a Swedish artist, bragging she could go "anywhere" undetected." LaRose touted her beliefs in an email to an undisclosed recipient which said "an honour & great pleasure to die or kill for" jihad and "Only death will stop me here that I am so close to the target!"
LaRose's intent to kill the Swedish artist never came to fruition. Authorities revealed LaRose was arrested on October 15, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after LaRose allegedly stole a U.S. passport and ""transferred or attempted to transfer it in an effort to facilitate an act of international terrorism." Authorities also maintain that LaRose used requests from conspirators sent over the internet to respond to and carry out terrorist plans, as well as solicit funds for terrorist organizations, create false passports and travel records, and recruited European women and Asian men to execute "kufar."
If LaRose is convicted, she faces life in prison and a $1 million fine.