Soccer Mom Tracks Terrorists

Former cheerleader chats up jihadists on her home computer
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2007 5:36 AM CDT
Shannen Rossmiller at her home in Helena, Mont. Rossmiller is a former judge and married mother of three who uses the Internet to track terror suspects and regularly feeds the intelligence she gathers...   (Wired)
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(Newser) – A suburban Montana mom led US forces to Taliban cells in Afghanistan, found a renegade Stinger missile merchant in Pakistan, and identified a ring of suicide bombers. She also nabbed two domestic terrorists—all from her home computer. Shannen Rossmiller is an amateur Internet sleuth who poses as an al-Qaeda operative to chat up and track jihadists on the web, reports Wired.

The former cheerleader begins hunting before dawn, armed with a posse of online identities. Some days she's still online when her kids—two young daughters and a teenage son—wake up. "I'll say, ‘You get your own breakfast; there's a Jimmy Dean sausage in the kitchen.'  Meanwhile, back in Karachi..."