Do any mosques or Islamic schools in the United States have programs to teach converts to Islam why they should reject the Islamic State and embrace American secularism and pluralism? Why, no, nary a one has such a program. But authorities are unconcerned. They know it’s a Religion of Peace, and that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. So go back to sleep.
“Coloradan In Terror Investigation Agrees To Change Plea To Guilty,” CBS4Denver, August 11, 2014:
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – An Arvada woman charged with aiding a foreign terrorist organization has agreed to change her plea to guilty.
Conley is charged with conspiracy to provide support to ISIS, or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Dorschner said in a statement released Monday morning that a plea hearing has yet to be scheduled in the case.
Court documents claim Conley joined the Army Explorers to be trained in U.S. military tactics and firearms, and that she told the FBI she wanted to wage Jihad and to go overseas and fight.
According to a criminal complaint, Conley’s parents, also Colorado residents, told the FBI they failed to talk their daughter out of her plans.
The FBI also tried repeatedly to talk her out of going but arrested her earlier this year at Denver International Airport with a ticket to Turkey.
“Colo. woman, accused of helping terrorist organization, reaches plea deal,” by Megan Verlee, Colorado Public Radio, August 11, 2014:
An Arvada woman arrested for supporting the terrorist group ISIS has apparently reached a plea deal with federal authorities. The details aren’t public yet.
Shannon Conley, 19, was arrested at Denver International Airport in early April, as she was preparing to travel to Turkey to marry an ISIS fighter she met online. Conley – a recent convert to Islam – met with the FBI several times before her arrest. Agents say they attempted unsuccessfully to talk her out of her plans.
Conley originally pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide support to a terrorist organization. But her attorney has filed a notice with the court indicating they’ve reached a deal with prosecutors. The details of that arrangement won’t be public until a later hearing.
In the criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in April, Conley said she was aware her plans were potentially illegal and could lead to her being arrested.
Conley admitted in that criminal complaint that: “I know things can go terribly wrong.” When asked if she would engage in actual combat on the battlefield, Conley said: “If it was absoluely [sic] necessary, then yes. I wouldn’t like it … but I would do it.”
“Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Qur’an 2:216)