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Title:
The unexpected patriot : how an ordinary American mother is bringing terrorists to justice
ISBN:
9780230102552
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Physical Description:
248 p. ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
When first we met -- Hour by hour -- Cyber spy -- A call to Jihad -- Finding a traitor -- Operation whirlpool -- Article 32 -- Under protection -- A black flag -- The 9/11 of energy -- My last testimony -- Al-Qaeda comes to Montana -- What is a hero? -- A call to patriotism.
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Summary:
After 9/11, when the nation was still in shock over the unprecedented attack on U.S. soil, Shannen Rossmiller, a country judge and mother of three in rural Montana, was formulating a plan. Soon she was devouring literature on Islamic culture, teaching herself Arabic, and preparing to infiltrate the central nervous system of global terror: online networks. Her efforts succeeded beyond imagination. Posing as an Islamic terrorist under dozens of screen aliases, she joined forces with the FBI and started trolling jihadist chat rooms, striking up conversations at 3am with men as far away as Pakistan, and amassing evidence against an array of suspected terrorists both at home and abroad. Her work laid the foundation for the online searches so crucial to law enforcement's fight against terror today. Shannen's husband, Randy, uncovered her double life after a chat room terrorist wiped out the family computer and reports rolled in that the Rossmillers were being targeted for reprisal. Undeterred, Shannen started working with the FBI on sting operations, involving everything from jihadist cells to weapons caches to bomb plots, and bringing many of her targets to justice, as well as pioneering the digital entrapment tactics that are at the forefront of today's war on terror. This is the story of one woman's unexpected courage and how it changed the face of this global struggle.
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After 9/11, when the nation was still in shock over the unprecedented attack on U.S. soil, Shannen Rossmiller, a country judge and mother of three in rural Montana, was formulating a plan. Soon she was devouring literature on Islamic culture, teaching herself Arabic, and preparing to infiltrate the central nervous system of global terror: online networks. Her efforts succeeded beyond imagination. Posing as an Islamic terrorist under dozens of screen aliases, she joined forces with the FBI andstarted trolling jihadist chat rooms, striking up conversations at 3am with men as far away as Pakistan, and amassing evidence against an array of suspected terrorists both at home and abroad. Her work laid the foundation for the online searches so crucial to law enforcement's fight against terror today.

Shannen's husband, Randy, uncovered her double life after a chat room terrorist wiped out the family computer and reports rolled in that the Rossmillers were being targeted for reprisal. Undeterred, Shannen started working with the FBI on sting operations, involving everything from jihadist cells to weapons caches to bomb plots, and bringing many of her targets to justice, as well as pioneering the digital entrapment tactics that are at the forefront of today's war on terror. This is the story of one woman's unexpected courage and how it changed the face of this global struggle.


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Un hechizo se tejió alrededor de su corazón… Chase Wolf, atractivo y fuerte, cuya sangre comanche lo hacía peligroso, estaba acostumbrado a conseguir lo que quería. Así que cuando vio a Franny - un ángel rubio con profundos ojos verdes, rasgos delicados y una dulce sonrisa - se dispuso a hacerla suya. Ella tenía demasiados secretos para dejar que alguien entrara en su mundo, secretos que terminarían con la cordura de cualquier persona. Pero Chase estaba lejos de ser razonable, y a pesar de sus intentos desesperados por alejarlo, él no estaba dispuesto a dejarla destruir su futuro.


Author Notes

Shannen Rossmiller was a mother of three and a Montana municipal court judge when she assumed the role of online terrorist-hunter after 9/11. Her work led to the founding a new field of espionage known as cyber-counterintelligence, and today she works closely with the FBI to find and prosecute terrorists. She lives in Conrad, MT.


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Kirkus Review

A crusading, modern-day vigilante goes online to flesh out unsuspecting terrorists.Born on a ranch in bucolic Conrad, Mont., to a wheat farmer and a schoolteacher, Rossmiller blossomed from a plucky, determined "Little Scrapper" to a young woman fascinated with current events, news and history, relating more to her father's brooding interest in the psychology of serial killers rather than her mother's feminine pursuits. After college, she returned to Montana, married childhood friend Randy and began paralegal work, which led to her appointment, at 29, as the youngest female municipal judge in American history, trying mostly drug-offense cases. In 2002, still incensed by the atrocities of 9/11, Rossmiller became desperate for "a way to channel my outrage" and launched a personal War on Terror campaign. She learned Arabic, studied the Koran, educated herself on Middle Eastern geographies and interacted within the same Internet forums and chat rooms that had become communication portals for the stealth terrorists responsible for 9/11. From there, her story speeds off in a dizzying array of events as a result of Rossmiller's creation of 40 false Muslim-radical identities and the tracking of jihadist activity with a spreadsheet. Additionally, the author furtively became an FBI-reporting cyber-sleuth and organized the Seven Seas Global Intelligence Group. She would eventually feel the heat of retribution, betrayal and life-threatening peril alongside the satisfaction of executing successful sting operations busting traitorous National Guardsman Ryan G. Anderson and Alaska pipeline terrorist Michael Reynolds. The author's somewhat stiffly written, steely narrative darkens further once the author reconciles the toll her valiant, fearless career in cyber counterintelligence and the many media-scrutinized court testimonies had taken on her well-being and her family's safety, spurring health woes and the collapse of her marriage.The prose is workmanlike, but Rossmiller's patriotic, risky involvement in righting the wrongs of 9/11 resonates on every page.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Rossmiller was wife, mother, and judge in a small Montana town when 9/11 hit. She vividly remembered visiting the World Trade Center as an adolescent. Hungry to understand the motivation of the attackers, she joined online talk forums for extremists, learned Arabic to understand and participate in the discussions, and developed several false Arabic identities to infiltrate jihadist movements. Her husband, Randy, pleaded with her to stop, but she persisted, eventually developing such rapport with extremists that she faked being a recruiter of mujahideen and passed on information to the FBI. Working with the FBI on several sting operations, she helped identify jihadists and uncover more than 200 operations plotting bomb attacks. She also helped to develop the digital entrapment tactics that law-enforcement agencies continue to use to fight terrorist attacks on the U.S. This is a thrilling account of how one woman's determination to take action after 9/11 led to new investigative tactics.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 When First We Merp. 3
2 Hour by Hourp. 17
3 Cyber Spyp. 31
4 A Call to Jihadp. 43
5 Finding a Traitorp. 55
6 Operation Whirlpoolp. 85
7 Article 32p. 97
8 Under Protectionp. 121
9 A Black Flagp. 155
10 The 9/11 of Energyp. 167
11 My Last Testimonyp. 189
12 Al-Qaeda Comes to Montanap. 207
13 What is a Hero?p. 213
Conculsion A Call to Patriotismp. 221
Epiloguep. 239
Indexp. 241