A Colorado woman admitted Tuesday she helped a terrorist cell that hoped to incite Islamic holy war, and her lawyer said she was "part of something that was much larger, much more complex than she ever knew."But according to our moral supriors on the left, King's efforts are a witch-hunt based in some virulent form of radical Islamophobia on his part. The New York Times calls its Peter King's Obsession, implying some mental defect on his part.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 32, of Leadville, Colo., conspired with others to get military training in South Asia and moved to Ireland in 2009 to join the group, federal prosecutors said.
Court papers released Tuesday give a glimpse of the goals of the Algerian man she married in Ireland. Her husband sought to recruit "brothers & sisters" to train with the group known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, prosecutors said; the group is an al-Qaida offshoot that has focused its efforts inside Algeria and has never attempted an attack on the U.S.
The documents also say he wanted to recruit people to train with Pakistan's lead intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence. The agency, while a sometimes unreliable ally for the U.S., is also an essential partner for combatting terrorism inside Pakistan.
Shortly after arriving in Ireland in September 2009, Paulin-Ramirez married him in an Islamic ceremony. The couple had never before met in person. She knew the marriage, along with her Western looks and passport, would prove useful to the group, prosecutors said.
Her lawyer called her a sincere religious convert who married "for the love of Islam, not for the love of her husband."
"She ended up being part of something that was much larger, much more complex than she ever knew," lawyer Jeremy Ibrahim said.
Paulin-Ramirez voluntarily returned to the U.S. after she, her husband and five others were detained in Ireland in March 2010 as part of a terrorism probe.
Paulin-Ramirez was charged in the same case as Colleen LaRose, a Pennsylvania woman who dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" in a YouTube video that caught the attention of the FBI in 2009. LaRose, 47, of Pennsburg, pleaded guilty last month to more serious charges, admitting she had agreed to try to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended Muslims. She faces a life sentence.
Hey, that guy's weird. He's obsessed. What's wrong with him?
Instead, he is focusing on one group that appears to have obsessed him since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, resulting in slanders and misstatements that might have earned him a rebuke from his colleagues had they been about any other group.Crazy guy. What's with that weird post-9/11 obsession of his?
Next thing you know he'll accuse that maniac at Fort Hood of being a jihadist.
So to recap, we have one dead homegrown jihadist and another admitted homegrown jihadi wannabe sympathizer, both in one day. Still, we must ignore it and focus on the real threat, as fetishized by the left: Tea partiers.