Shannen Rossmiller

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Shannen Rossmiller, (born May 31, 1969),[1] is an American lecturer and instructor in cyber counter-intelligence forensics and a former Montana municipal court judge[2] who has had a controversial role as a vigilante online terrorist-hunter, and who was once part of the 7Seas group.[3]

A former high school cheerleader, paralegal, and a mother of three, Rossmiller posed online as militant anti-American Muslim radicals to attract the eye of those with similar mindsets.[3] While still a member of 7-Seas group, she provided evidence that led to the arrest and conviction of Ryan G. Anderson, a National Guardsman who was about to deploy from the U.S. to Iraq.[4][5] Ryan is now serving a life sentence for seeking to aid the enemy during a time of war and attempted espionage.[6]

In 2005, while posing online as an Al Qaeda financier, Rossmiller offered the transient Michael Reynolds $40,000 to purchase fuel trucks to attack American pipelines. Reynolds was arrested when he attempted to pick up the money. In 2007, he was convicted by a jury of attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda and related charges, and sentenced to 30 years in jail.[7]

Rossmiller appeared in the 2005 BBC documentary entitled The New al-Qaeda.[8] She, along with other internet cyber sleuths, has been criticized for her work.[9][10]

As of July 2007, a publicist was seeking a book or movie deal based on Rossmiller's story, [11] and in 2011 she published a book entitled The Unexpected Patriot.


  1. ^ Shannen Rossmiller "Biographical information", "", July 19, 2007.
  2. ^ "Hon. Shannen L. Rossmiller (Ret.), Cyber Operative and Co-founder, AC-CIO, LLC", January 6, 2009
  3. ^ a b Carter, Mike."It's 4 a.m. in Montana, and a cyberspy is at work", The Seattle Times, June 14, 2004.
  4. ^ Mitchel, Melanthia."Net sleuth tells court of hunt that snared Guardsman", May 13, 2004.
  5. ^ Shannen Rossmiller, "My Cyber Counter-jihad", Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2007
  6. ^ Sanders, Eli. "Guardsman Given Life in Prison for Trying to Help Al Qaeda", The New York Times, September 4, 2004.
  7. ^ McGinn, George."American Convicted Of Attempting To Aid Al-Qaida Sentenced To 30 Years", "",November 8, 2007.
  8. ^ BBC Programmes."The New Al-Qaeda","", July 20, 2005.
  9. ^ Lettice, John."Internet has 'given Al Qaeda wings' claims BBC potboiler shock discovery - terrorists use computers too", "UK Register", July 27, 2005.
  10. ^ Tremonti, Anna Maria. "CBC The Current", June 15, 2006.
  11. ^ Dempsey, John."Biz zeroes in on real-life terrorist hunter: Rossmiller story makes Hollywood rounds", Variety, July 20, 2007.

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