After her testimony, Rossmiller says, the FBI made her an intelligence
asset. She now has a contact at the Great Falls FBI field office, an agent
named Mark Seyler. His boss, Timothy Fuhrman, would not comment on
Rossmiller’s claim that she has sent the FBI more than 200 of her “packages”
since 2002, saying that he would rather keep the details of her intelligence
role restricted to what is already on the public record. He did say that “we
can always learn from her.”
In fact, it’s distinctly possible that Rossmiller, alone at her computer,
has a better track record than the Justice Department. A Washington Post
analysis in 2005 of the 400-plus people charged with terrorism-related
crimes by the federal government found that only 14 of those convicted
actually had any ties at all to al Qaeda or its network. Rossmiller’s cases
have come with solid backup, while the feeble evidence in the other
high-profile Justice Department cases makes many prosecutors roll their
eyes. Consider the seven Miami men arrested in the summer of 2006 and hyped
as desiring to wage a “ground war” against the US and intending to blow up
the Sears Tower in Chicago. They turned out to be a bunch of trash-talking
blowhards whose plans were formulated while smoking pot in an empty
warehouse. In contrast, the man Rossmiller most recently implicated -
Michael Reynolds - had prepared meticulous plans to blow up pipelines and
was shopping online for used gas trucks to implement his plot. The
Pennsylvania resident was arrested after traveling 2,000 miles to southern
Idaho, lured by Rossmiller into a supposed meeting with a financial backer.
Explain to me again how the government does this sort of thing better than private enterprise.
Also, explain to me how in the world I can meet a girl like that.
Not surprised at all about this. As soon as I began reading about how decentralized Al Qaeda was, after 9/11, I knew that this kind of legerdemain could, and would, happen. Anonymity on teh intarwebs cuts both ways.
Dude, didn’t you read the article? High school cheerleader, top of the pyramid. And now she generates actionable intelligence. Don’t care what she looks like now, women aren’t designed to be hot past 35 or so anyway. She teh 4w3s0m3. Me want.
There is a lot of this kind of activity underway. Think “To Catch a Predator” for counterterrorism. There have quietly been some very interesting successes scored in these operations, many of them by citizen volunteers like Rossmiller (coordinated by federal agencies).