By Mahmoud El-Yousseph
March 21, 2010
Colleen LaRosa is a 47 years old, blond, green-eyed American women.
She is better known as “Jihad Jane”, a Muslim convert, and our government wants us to believe she is a terrorist who was on a mission to kill an innocent man in Sweden. Someone she never met, let alone be able to get close to.
Miss LaRosa is now behind bars, and has since pleaded not guilty. And although she has not walked into court as of yet, nevertheless she is being tried in the court of public opinion. Thanks to the federal government. Our government is now guilty of inducing public panic, not against just Miss LaRosa but against all Muslims.
Upon further reading on Colleen LaRosa, I wondered why our DOJ is suddenly concerned about “committing murder overseas” when the DOD is already doing that on a daily basis, in places like Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan to mention just a few.
I don’t know about you, but this smells fishy to me!
I think Colleen LaRosa was basically just going off on the internet about US aggression against Muslims, expressing her understandable sense of outrage over killing innocent people, and showing sympathy toward Muslims. She was a decent American expressing her right to free speech, like many other do. That is her only crime!
Sounds to me like the government chose to make her a scapegoat. All they have to do is hack into her account and start making statements that she might have never made, like about the infamous plot to kill the cartoonist. Plus she converted to Islam, so that made her an automatic target. Did you ever see that movie Body of Lies? It’s about CIA operations in Iraq & Jordan and how they can frame up people. They even opened bank accounts in someone’s name and started transferring money to Al-Qaeda connections in order to frame them. Nevertheless, guilt by association does not square up with the U.S. constitution.
Why should we trust our government again when they accuse and target our fellow Muslims? I have not forgotten the stories of two high profile cases of two other U.S.-born Muslim converts: Brandon Mayfield, an attorney from Oregon and James (Yusuf) Yee of Washington State.
Mr. Mayfield was falsely accused by the government and was implicated with the Madrid bombing, while Captain James Yee who served in the U.S. Army at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station was charged with espionage and many other serous offenses.
Later the government dropped all the charges against both of them. The government agreed to settle with Mayfield for $2 million and offered him a formal apology: “The federal government regrets that it mistakenly linked Mr. Mayfield to this attack.”
The U.S. Army lost a valuable human resource. Captain Yee received an honorable discharge, no apology, and he wrote a book about his ordeal to pay off his $ 200,000 in legal expenses.
After all, an indictment is an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. And as in the case of the two above mentioned stories of the two Muslim converts, when Miss LaRosa is cleared of all the charges, her picture will not be blasted on the front pages, and her story would be buried in the back pages, if indeed it ever gets published at all.
Retired USAF Veteran