Shannen Rossmiller reportedly tracks Islamists online. Rossmiller is an American judge, serving in Montana, who has a controversial role as a vigilante online terrorist-hunter, once part of the 7Seas group.
A former high school cheerleaderand mother of three, Rossmiller poses as militant anti-American Muslim radicals online, hoping to attract the eye of those with similar mindsets. Whilst still a member of 7-Seas, she provided evidence that ultimately convicted National Guardsman Ryan G. Anderson of attempting to defect to al-Qaeda.
In 2005, she offered the transient Michael Reynolds $40,000 to purchase fuel trucks to attack American pipelines, while posing as an al-Qaeda financier.
- "I wish to desert from the U.S. Army. I wish to defect from the United States. I wish to join al-Qaeda, train its members and conduct terrorist attacks." So said U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Anderson to two undercover investigators in February of this year. As a consequence, Anderson is now awaiting trial by the U.S. Army on treason charges. A chief witness will be Shannen Rossmiller, the small-town Montana judge who discovered and developed the case against Anderson entirely through her own investigation on the Internet.
- Rossmiller is probably the best-known example of an increasing number of civilian cyber-sleuths who are conducting their own war on terror. She has partnered with Brett Astley, a Canadian software designer, to form 7-Seas Global Intelligence whose website clearly states their mission of hunting down anyone who advocates or practices terrorism in person or via the Internet.
- How do they do it? By going to where they believe the terrorists are - Islamic web sites and Arabic Internet forums. Since English is not the preferred language of terrorism, the sleuths of 7-Seas utilize translation software, looking for code words from the Koran or other clues that would yield a thread by which another terrorist plot can be unraveled. The Internet is a virtual Mecca for alienated Muslims and others looking to become terrorists and to tap into supporting networks for same.
- Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - Page updated at 12:25 A.M. It's 4 a.m. in Montana, and a cyberspy is at work By Mike Carter Seattle Times staff reporter
- USATODAY.com - 'Net sleuth' tells court of hunt that snared Guardsman
- Shannen Rossmiller, "My Cyber Counter-jihad", Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2007
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