March 19, 2017
Jihad Fantasy: Could This Be My Child?
"Between the soccer practices and the hours at her accounting job and the potlucks with the neighbors, Christianne Boudreau spent every spare minute watching Islamic State videos, her nose pressed up against the computer screen[.] ... Through the screens and behind the balaclavas, she was looking for her son's eyes." If only Christianne had been aware of the signs, processes, and ideology of Islamic indoctrination before her son, Damien, disappeared. If only more parents were knowledgeable about predatory recruiters who seek to promote extremist jihadi values to curious and naïve teens. Then perhaps the parents of three girls ages 15, 16, and 17 from an upper-class neighborhood in Denver would have recognized the signs before the girls stole away from high school to join ISIS. Newlyweds from Mississippi who thought it would be cool to celebrate their honeymoon by serving ISIS would not be serving time instead. An American mother of three,...(Read Full Article)