When it comes to G.I. Jane-types, women that served as Airforce Service Pilots during WW 2 (called WASPS--Women's Airforce Service Pilots) it's about time the pilots have finally received their Congressional gold medals in a Capitol Hill ceremony on March 10, 2010.
The 120 surviving members who were able to travel to the Capitol received medals for their service. Several from the Sacramento area showed up to receive their medals for service. As pilots they encountered dangers such as landing planes that were on fire and keeping hands off the controls as planes spun out of control while the women waited for those planes to come out of a spin and turn right side up.
Between 1942-1944, the WASPS volunteered to free-up men for overseas duty. And 38 of the women died while flying. But it wasn't until 1977 that Congress finally gave those WW2 female pilots veterans benefits. See the March 11, 2010 article in the Sacramento Bee, "Honored at last: More than 60 years after their service, U.S. women pilots awarded the Congressional Gold Medal."
Will family historians be charting the genealogy and family history of people that go rogue as well as those that pursue happiness or service from an opposite direction, the Jihad Janes of this decade and years past, as well as the G.I. Janes of today's Internet and future communication technologies? How do genealogists, personal historians, biographers, and news archivists handle skeletons in the closet? Are there going to be genealogy smart cards for historians?
How do genealogists record the family histories and genograms of numerous women and their associates with skeletons in the closet as well as women seen as family history heroes? Do you make keepsake albums for the G.I. Janes that were pioneers in the 1940s, for example, in military service during crises?
If you or your client has a skeleton in the closet, so to speak, should the genealogy of that person be included in your digital scrap book? The answer is, you might want to gather all the facts of your relative with a so-called reputation, and the facts might be the number of arrests, if any, the rap sheet, and whether the person committed some criminal or violent act out of a mental issue, or even from elder-rage dementia .
What if your relative was indicted or allegedly accused of using the Internet for terrorism, and the FBI had a long file on that person? How would a genealogist approach and research the matter in any client's family history?
Let's say, as a genealogist, you were to compile the genealogy pedigree of someone such as the accused Jihad Jane. Would you include that person's alleged postings online from videos to chat room chatter and put it in a time capsule for future generations?
Or for that matter, the person's relatives? After all, genealogy is about family history. Should everything about that alleged person be included, including the FBI file, when and if it's made public in the far future?
Would you have a theme, such as how the Internet was used to recruit people for terrorism, if that is proven, and include that information in a time capsule of family history?
And would the genealogy, genogram, and history chart be for private persons only--family members, or for public history archives and videos? Where is the genealogists role and place?
Let's take a look at one case history....Jihad Jane versus G.I. Jane. Genealogists use the Internet for communication and historical research. On the opposite corner, the Internet also is used to recruit people for impossible missions. We are more familiar with the genealogy and the G.I. Jane image of the female military hero who works hard to do the right thing and to serve her country, whether it's embedded in service in Iraq today or flying planes from factories to airports during WW2 while the men were on combat duty.
How is the Internet used to raise money and recruit people for terrorism, martyr-like suicide terror, and other criminal acts for those with passports who want to travel on a mission impossible? And why would genealogists want to record memorabilia such as chat-room postings, uTube videos, and MySpace or Facebook materials posted by allegedly notorious and infamous women in the news?
Is it all part of family history keepsake album material? News? Public history? Or private family history? How public or private is family history when the history is published in the news and on public video Internet sites? What's the genealogist's or personal historian's role in recording Internet chat-room postings in databases?
How effective are global chatrooms in turning American women into potential assasins and terrorists around the world? Just because a Pennsylvania, USA woman broadcasts on Jihadist websites that she has blonde hair and green/blue eyes, looks Scandinavian, and has pale pink skin doesn't mean that now all Swedish or Norwegian blonde women with midwestern USA accents are Jihadists Janes, Jills, or Jennifers.
The country is still getting over the concept of Jennifer fever, that is the image of similar women taking another woman's husband away based on looks that lure. Do airports now single out legally blonde women regardless of whether they are European converts to new religions or Balkan, Bosnian, Cherkes or South Slavic blondes in hijab, who are proud of their last 40 generations of being Islamic moderate Europeans, but not Jihadists? Don't panic yet or tint your hair to avoid being singled out.
And include in that blonde Muslims from the Levant who are descended from the oldest Macedonian, Greek, and Roman populations 80 generations ago, and that includes the Norsemen settling in the Levant during the second mini-ice age of early medieval times.
So why is Jihad Jane giving American blondes a reputation compared to all the Latina, Asian, and Black G.I. Janes and Juanitas in the US Marines trying to stop Jihadism from coming to our shores, if it's in the form of destruction against innocent women and children, heads of households, and great grandmas caring for WW2 veterans in foster homes and nursing homes.
Jihad Jane went online to Jihadist chat rooms to learn her strategies for terror. According to the Philadelphia, PA, Associated Press article, March 10, 2010 by Maryclaire Dale, "Pa. suspect: Caretaker by day, 'Jihad Jane' online," Colleen LaRose spent long days caring for her boyfriend's father in a second-floor apartment in Pennsburg, a small town north of Philadelphia. While she was caring for the older gentleman, she spent a lot of time online in Jihadist chatrooms.
Instead of playing Second Life-type games online with avatars, she developed a very different type of alter ego, according to federal authorities and the Associated Press article. Would a Chicana or Native American woman have been singled out in an airport as a terrorist because someone thought she looked too Afghan?
The attractive, young American blonde gave herself an extreme makeover in her own imagination as Jihad Jane (maybe thinking back to images of Axis Betty, Tokyo Rose, or all the other spy-type female figures of the WW 2 era). Who was Jihad Jane? She sure wasn't Superman's Lois Lane. What Jihad Jane created was a comic book figure, a type of anti-Lois Lane that she tried to bring to life outside the comic book fantasy world, into the real world.
According to the AP article, Jihad Jane refashioned herself as "Jihad Jane" while helping recruit and finance Muslim terrorists — and eventually moving overseas to try to kill an artist she perceived as an enemy to Islam.
And who did she pick as the enemy she wanted to allegedly assassinate? Not a great spy figure of 1940s fantasy movies. No, she wanted to pick on an elderly, semi-retired cartoonist who once drew a caricature figure. (Seems nobody is demanding an apology from the cartoonists of WW2 era who drew caricatures of certain ethnic groups as rats running through sewers.)
Who is Jihad Jane? She's not the GI Jane figure in the movies about athletic American female military heroes. LaRose, 46, was charged Tuesday with conspiring with jihadist fighters and pledging to commit murder in the name of a Muslim holy war, or jihad.
The indictment was announced hours after authorities arrested seven suspected terrorists in Ireland allegedly linked to LaRose, who has been in prison since her Oct. 15 arrest while returning to the United States.
In e-mails recovered by the FBI over 15 months, Colleen LaRose agreed to marry an online contact from South Asia so he could move to Europe. She also agreed to become a martyr, the indictment said, according to the AP article.
What's the biography of Jihad Jane whose photo was posted on MySpace? Born in Michigan, Colleen LaRose moved to Texas early in life and had married twice by age 24.
Her first marriage came at 16, to a man twice her age in Tarrant County, Texas, public records show. When that allegedly childless marriage was over, she met Pennsylvanian Kurt Gorman in 2005.
Colleen LaRose lived with Gorman and his father in Pennsburg, caring for the older man while Gorman worked at his family's small business in another town, Gorman told the Associated Press.
No matter how passive and quiet she was at home as a devoted caretaker of her boyfriend's older father, online, she let it all hang out in front of an allegedly loose band of what authorities say were violent co-conspirators from around the world.
What happened to La Rose's uTube videos? She posted a video on UTube in June 2008 saying she was "desperate to do something somehow to help" ease the suffering of Muslims, the indictment said.
Well, La Rose, you could have eased the suffering of Muslims or any other people by donating clothing, food, books, and other necessities or volunteered to help in hospitals and care for homeless children in lands where Earthquakes left them homeless, whether they are Muslim or any other peoples of the Earth.
No, she didn't try to do good deeds to help Muslim children get an education or clothing or schools and housing. She didn't go abroad to teach kids or build communal agriculture in developing countries or join the Peace Corp and volunteer. And she didn't offer to teach English in other lands or supply solar cooking stoves to needy parents or feed the hungry in Africa and other areas of the globe.
Instead, of doing good deeds, she eventually agreed to try to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had angered Muslims by depicting the Prophet MuhammadProphet Muhammad with the body of a dog, according to the AP article.
What she did post were photos of herself wearing a head covering. Innocent enough, sure, but she already had a boyfriend. And she didn't show any interest in attending services at a Mosque, at least in the five years she was with her present boyfriend, according to the AP article. So what's the motive?
One day her boyfriend returned home and she disappeared from her Pennsylvania residence. On that day, Colleen LaRose had removed the hard drive from her computer and flew to Europe. Why Europe? According to ABC News article of March 10, 2010, "Jihad Jane's Arrest Raises Fear of Homegrown Terrorists," She had allegedly taken her boyfriend, Kurt Gorman's passport and planned to give it to the co-conspirator she had agreed to marry, the indictment said.
Didn't she know the FBI was hot on the trail of her online postings? The FBI reads that stuff all the time. Didn't she think she was being watched? Back in July 17, 2009, the FBI even interviewed her. They found out about her because they read those types of postings.
According to the indictment, she denied soliciting funds for any terrorist causes or making the postings ascribed to "Jihad Jane." If not her, then allegedly, who is the reall Jihad Jane? Will the real one stand up and turn herself into the FBI?
By Sept. 30, she wrote online that it would be "an honor & great pleasure to die or kill for" her intended spouse, the indictment said. "Only death will stop me here that I am so close to the target!" she allegedly is accused of writing.
Jihad Jane does have her lawyers. Her federal public defenders, Mark T. Wilson and Ross Thompson. But all the way over in Ireland, Irish police disclosed, though, that they had arrested two Algerians, two Libyans, a Palestinian, a Croatian and an American woman married to one of the Algerian suspects. They were not identified by name.
Now, how could Jihad Jane be married to an Algerian suspect and still be living with her boyfriend in Pennsylvania? Are they talking about the same woman? Is she trying to create an online second life and turn it into a real life?
Why are so many terrorists around the world, whether American or African or whatever else trying to kill the Swedish cartoonist? Last year a Somali tried to kill a Danish cartoonist in his seventies in Denmark also for drawing a cartoon. That's what a cartoonist does for a living, draw cartoons of historical figures.
Are they expected to know the rules for every other ethnic group in the world when they draw cartoons for Danish readers? Maybe the have to in order to be politically correct, but how can terrorists kill someone without a right to a fair and just trial? It's because that's what terrorists do, create fear.
And when American women join that type of movement, maybe the psychological motivation is to also create fear and make people feel off-center, off balance, and scared to open their mouths. Free speech just got flushed down the sewer globally. Who's standing up for free speech, but not for hate speech directed toward artists?
LaRose is scheduled to appear in court March 18 on the indictment, which was returned March 4 and unsealed Tuesday. The document does not link her to any organized terrorist groups.
So if Jihad Jane is not La Rose, and if La Rose is not linked to any organized terrorist groups or organized crime, why is she being indicted? She is unusual in being one of just a handful of U.S. women ever charged with terrorism, the Justice Department told the Associated Press.
The real problem behind who is Jihad Jane is that the online chat rooms are no place for a lady. The conversations in chat rooms that smack of terrorism or are threatening is that according to the ABC news article and the AP news article, the conversation went along the lines of thinking her blonde hair and American accent would allow her to move freely in Sweden to allegedly kill the Swedish cartoonist, according to the indictment.
Hey, gals, you don't have to be Swedish to have this train of thought. A Lebanese blonde (or with a bottle of medium ash blonde hair tint) and hazel eyes can look as Swedish as she wants to--and nobody gives a care. Why is it so important to look Swedish to avoid being singled out. Singled at by whom? The police?
It's true in America, more drivers wearing Arab-style dress are singled out by police cars in the US, but it's usually for something like not having a child safe and secured in a baby car seat. The reality is that the USA is full of radicals on chatrooms. It's the Internet that's to blame, if there is blame, for making the world smaller, communication easier, and predators preying on younger and younger people in chatrooms.
Usually, chat rooms are surfed to pick up a date for sport sex. But the Internet's chat rooms were originally meant to bring people closer together. Unfortunately, the chat rooms and postings are not finding more pen pals for isolated senior citizens in assisted living whom few people visit. Instead, it's bringing more radical postings to the attention of the FBI.
La Rose lived in a quiet, small town in Pennsylvania. The homes tout American flags. It's the kind of town you want to be in on the Fourth of July, and also the kind of town you'd see in old re-runs of Twilight Zone.
That's where scary chat room postings really belong, on re-runs of Twilight Zone, the old TV series, because that series showed you who your neighbors are back in the 1960s--such as aliens, monsters, predators, but never terrorists from abroad.
How does a 4 foot 11 inch, 105 woman allegedly become Jihad Jane, if La Rose really is proven to be Jihad Jane? Do you know who your next door neighbor really is? Not since the Internet lets people meet globally without leaving the house. You can play God, be some supernatural hero greater than yourself online.
That's the idea behind having another life online, and it's downright frightening, more scary than putting two locks on your door because you live in New York City or any other large urban space. The Internet comes into the tiniest towns and the most apple-pie-style American homes that look like they're waiting for a holiday parade. Gee, it's not the cold war days anymore or the turn of the century. Welcome to Internet chat rooms and video postings.