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US Woman Converted to Islam, Tried to Join ISIS, Plotted to Attack Church over Pro-Israel Views
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 3, 2014 @ 10:47 am In The Point | 61 Comments
When so-called Lone Wolf Muslim terrorists are busted by the feds, CAIR and other Muslim groups invariably claim entrapment, arguing that they would have done nothing if they hadn’t been led on by law enforcement.
With Shannon Maureen Conley, the Feds tried to do everything possible to dissuade her from becoming a Muslim terrorist.
FBI agents tried more than once to discourage a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who said she was intent on waging jihad in the Middle East before arresting her in April as she boarded a flight she hoped would ultimately get her to Syria.
Shannon Maureen Conley had told agents that she wanted to use her American military training from the U.S. Army Explorers to start a holy war overseas, even though she knew that it was illegal.
Court papers released Wednesday indicate that Ms Conley told the Joint Terrorism Task Force that she was a Muslim convert.
Conley was arrested April 8 at Denver International Airport, where she told agents she planned to live with a suitor she met online, apparently a Tunisian man who claimed to be fighting for an Al Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
FBI agents became aware of Conley’s growing interest in extremism in November after she started talking about terrorism with employees of a suburban Denver church who found her wandering around and taking notes on the layout of the campus.
She spoke with agents several times after that, telling them of her desire for jihad, the records state. The agents tried openly to dissuade her, urging her instead to support Muslims through humanitarian efforts, which she told them was not an option.
Agents encouraged Conley’s parents to get her to meet with elders at her mosque to find more moderate options. Her parents were apparently unaware of her extremism, authorities said.
Shockingly, that didn’t work. Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, Muslims gotta Jihad.
Copley joined a religion that preaches the mass murder of non-Muslims as an article of faith. The rest was inevitable. The only way defend against it is to give parents the tools necessary to combat the conversion of their children to a religion of Jihad.
When John Conley found out that his daughter had a one-way ticket to Turkey for April 8, he contacted the feds.
‘It’s a difficult time for us,’ her mother, Ana Conley, told CNN on Wednesday.
Neighbors in Arvada told the station KDVR that Shannon has undergone a drastic transformation over the past six months.
‘I would see her in shorts and then all the sudden she started wearing those [Islamic] clothes maybe six months after they moved here,’ said Brenda Herrera.
On her Facebook page, Shannon changed her name to Halima, which is loosely translated as ‘mild-mannered’ and ‘generous,’ and called herself a ‘Slave of Allah,’
Agents should really have done something about Conley after the church incident because the details of it are extremely creepy.
Authorities began investigating Conley on Nov. 5, 2013, when the pastor at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada called local police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to report a teen had been spotted suspiciously taking notes at the church’s main campus at 6120 Ward Road on several Sundays at October.
Church staff approached Conley and asked to see her notes, but she refused.
Conley then became confrontational with FBC staff, citing her own Islamic religious views, church officials told federal investigators.
“Conley made spontaneous statements to church staff to the effect of: ‘Why is the church worried about a terrorist attack?’ and, that terrorists are: ‘… not allowed to kill aging adults and little children,’” the complaint said.
On Nov. 7, 2013, an Arvada police detective and an FBI agent interviewed Conley, asking her why she has been visiting Faith Bible Chapel.
Conley said, “I hate those people.” She added that she initially started attending Sunday services and taking classes at FBC because she wanted to meet people of other faiths and learn about them.
But Conley said she did not share her Islamic religious views or wear her hijab, a head covering worn in public by Muslim woman.
Conley told the investigators she does not like Israel or FBC’s active and vocal support for Israel.
Conley said she noticed she was being followed by church staff on the campus and felt they treated her like a terrorist. Conley told the investigators that she reasoned that, “If they think I’m a terrorist, I’ll give them something to think I am,” according to the affidavit.
Conley said that Jihad to her is war against “kafir” (which the affidavit describes as a derogatory Arabic term for non-Muslims) to protect Muslim lands.
“She repeatedly referred to US military bases as ‘targets,’” an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit.
Conley told the FBI she joined the U.S Army Explorers to be trained in U.S. military tactics and in firearms. She said she intended to use that training to go overseas to wage Jihad, according to the affidavit.
Conley said she previously wanted to serve in the U.S. military but no longer wanted to because she felt the military would not accept her due to her religious beliefs and her wearing of a hijab and niqab.
Conley earlier showed the agents a book called “Al-Qaida’s Doctrine for Insurgency: Abd Al-Aziz Al-Muqrin’s A Practical Course for Guerilla War.”
“The book had several passages underlined by Conley, including motorcade attacks and waging guerilla warfare. Conley stated that attacking a motorcade in the US was not viable because security in the US is too good. Conley thought she could plan such an attack, but not carry it out,” the affidavit said. “Conley liked the idea of guerilla warfare because she could do it alone.”
The agents warned the parents that “their daughter has expressed, to overt FBI agents, her intention to travel overseas and commit violent Jihad.” By “overt,” the agents meant they weren’t operating undercover and she clearly knew to whom she was talking.
In her luggage, agents found several CDs and DVDs labeled “Anwar al-Awlaki,” a senior Al Qaeda leader and recruiter who was killed by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011. Agents also found a folder with materials about providing first aid in the field. The teen was also carrying a list of contacts, including phone numbers for a person whose name was blacked out in the affidavit.
There really needs to be a more basic way of dealing with people like these before they actually take action. At no point in time before recent history, would terrorists have been allowed to plot to kill Americans and talk about it openly.
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