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The "Jihadist" Next Door

Its becoming harder to differentiate between a "terrorist" or an unstable shooter or an angry anti-government suicidal person.

Now we have the case of Colleen R. LaRose of Montgomery Pa. whose arrest in Octber 2009 was kept secret to give the FBI a chance to seek other suspects.

We cannot suspect everyone we meet who acts in a strange way. What could be happening is happening out of sight but on the Internet. LaRose was working to recruit fighters and people to assassinate the Swedish cartoonist (Lars Vilks).

LaRose is better known to federal authorities as Fatima Rose or Jihad Jane. On June 20, 2008, LaRose allegedly posted a video on YouTube calling herself JihadJane and stating she was "desperate to do something somehow to help" ease the suffering of Muslims, according to news station WPVI. The indictment, obtained by ABC News, charged LaRose with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, and making false statements to a government official and attempted identity theft.

America is an open society. It needs to remain open. But, people like LaRose exist, there may not be too many of them now.

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