Court documents which were unsealed on July 2nd show that 19 year old Muslim convert Shannon Maureen Conley from Arvada, Colorado had been arrested and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Ms. Conley was arrested in April during an attempt to get onto a plane that was bound for Frankfurt, Germany. Shannon had a connecting flight that would then take her to Turkey, where she then planned to drive to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant which is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which is an extreme Islamist group.
Conley, a registered nurse’s aid. attempted to join ISIS so that she could link up with a 32 year old Tunisian man who she had met online and had fallen in love with. Conley had also joined the U.S. Army Explorers (USAE), a few months prior to her arrest, “to be trained in U.S. military tactics and in firearms,” according to documents from her arrest.
Conley was planning on helping the camp by providing combat knowledge that she had learn from USAE as well as provide medical services.
Conley first raised suspicions of her plans during a trip to Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada where she was seen taking notes and acting suspiciously by a security guard. It was after this trip that Conley landed on the FBI’s radar. FBI agents openly tried to dissuade Conley from her plan, meeting with her several times.
It was during these meetings that Conley made FBI agents aware of her plans for jihad. She told the agents that she wanted to use her USAE military training to start a holy war even though she knew that it was illegal. She told FBI agents of her plans to fly to meet her suitor and that she was planning to help the camp come up with points of attack including military facilities, government employees and public officials.
“Conley felt that Jihad is the only answer to correct the wrongs against the Muslim world,” the documents say. A few days prior to her being arrested arrest by the FBI, she told the agents “there was nothing they could do to change her mind and that she was still going.”