(Jim Clark) – Incline Village/Crystal Bay is scheduled for a visit by a true patriot and hero of the War on Terror. Although we normally think of war heroes to be Marines, SEALs, special forces and the like, this one is a petite, blonde 41-year-old mother of three, a former high school cheerleader who was serving as a Montana municipal court judge when events changed her life forever.
The date was September 11, 2001. Like all of us, she watched the horrific television images of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC. That night, while stepping out of a tub in her home, she slipped and broke her pelvis. Her doctor ordered her to remain in bed for at least six weeks.
As she lay recovering, the attack scenes were played again and again; all the news focused on the 9/11 holocaust and its aftermath. Her grief gradually turned to anger and she began asking who these terrorists are and why our government couldn’t protect us. Her feelings of helplessness turned to rage.
She sent her husband to find books on Al Qaeda, Islam, jihad and a biography of the Prophet Muhammad. She found terrorist websites on the internet. All were in Arabic, so she bought translation software. Within a few months, she returned to her day job as a judge, but continued at all hours of the night to monitor the hatred, violence and images of blood and gore found on terrorists’ internet sites.
Gradually an idea formed … she could infiltrate Al Qaeda’s network by posing as a member. Already fluent in French, Spanish and German, she signed up for an online course in Arabic.
She posted a message on a Saudi forum known for its anti-American content and gradually found she could entice terrorists into e-mail conversations. She convinced a Pakistani arms dealer to sell her US Stinger missiles and turned the information over to the FBI.
In 2004, she enticed an unknown participant to ask in English how he could defect to Al Qaeda. That started a series of email exchanges in which Rossmiller found out that the writer was a US soldier named Ryan Anderson who was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. Ryan had converted to Islam, was under orders to Iraq and wanted to sell secrets about US weapons to Al Qaeda. She turned this information over to the US Department of Homeland Security, which led to the young man being tried by court martial and convicted of treason. He was given a life sentence.
Since it was Rossmiller’s testimony that convicted Ryan, it was necessary to reveal her real identity when she testified. That resulted in anonymous phone calls and death threats. The FBI put her under police protection and she obtained a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
In 2005, she posed online as an Al Qaeda financier and offered a transient named Michael Reynolds $40,000 to purchase fuel trucks to attack American pipelines. Reynolds was arrested when he tried to pick up the money.
That year she also appeared on a BBC documentary entitled The New Al Qaeda where she revealed that she is working with a group of “cyber spies” calling themselves “The 7 Seas. Located in Singapore, Canada and Australia, they work together because at any given time there are over 5,000 terrorist web sites operating which can overwhelm an individual “cyber spy”.
She was encouraged by former CIA director James Woolsey to begin teaching her techniques. Rossmiller will be the speaker at the December 13 luncheon meeting of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Republican Women at 11:30 am in the Chateau. Guests of all political persuasions are welcome. Cost: members $25.00, guests $30.00 (but well worth it). Email Kathi Congistre at email@example.com.
(Jim Clark is President of Republican Advocates, a member of the Washoe County GOP and Nevada State GOP Central Committees; he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)