The Unexpected Patriot: How an Ordinary American Mother Is Bringing Terrorists to Justice

The Unexpected Patriot: How an Ordinary American Mother Is Bringing Terrorists to Justice, by Shannen Rossmiller ($16.16)

Amazon:  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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