In 2009 he, like the Islamic apologist Arsalan Iftikhar, publicly denounced the Fort Hood massacre (in which the US Army major, Nidal Malik Hasan, murdered 13 people and wounded 30 others) as running "counter to what I believe in as a Muslim," and subsequently became an American-Muslim posterchild who received much media attention.
Things went sour after he was charged with possessing child porn, leading him to go AWOL. Found with a large quantity of weapons and explosives materials, he was arrested in 2011 and admitted planning another similar attack on Fort Hood.
Samantha Lewthwaite (aka. Sherafiyah), the widow of 7/7 bomber Germaine (Jamal) Lindsay who detonated the bomb at London’s King’s Cross Tube station killing 26 people, seems to be the latest "moderate Muslim" to have received media attention, only to be ultimately unmasked as a Muslim terrorist.
Like Jason Abdo, she converted to Islam at the age of 17. And like Jason Abdo, she publicly condemned the 7/7 bombings as ‘Abhorrent’ and said she dreaded the day when she would have to tell her own children "what their father did".
However, she is now on the run from Kenyan authorities and is believed to be the main financier of a major terrorist cell affiliated to al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida-linked group in Somalia, that planned to mount a series of attacks on the Kenyan coastal resort of Mombasa during Christmas.
From the Mail Online:
Samantha Lewthwaite is the middle-class soldier’s daughter who had two children by bomber Lindsay, the man responsible for detonating an explosive-filled rucksack on a Piccadilly Line Tube train at London’s King’s Cross in 2005, killing 26 of the 52 victims who died in the wave of attacks in the city that day.
You may recall that Miss Lewthwaite, now 28, would later give an ‘exclusive’ interview (for a reported fee of £30,000), condemning the atrocity. ‘Abhorrent,’ she called it.
She had no foreknowledge of her husband’s murderous plans, she said, claiming his mind was ‘poisoned’ by radical Islamic preachers.
Furthermore, she dreaded the day, she said, when she would have to tell her own children ‘what their father did’.
Should we be questioning her word now, since Samantha Lewthwaite is being hunted by Kenyan police after they discovered a bomb factory in one of the so-called safe houses in which the suspect is supposed to have lived in the coastal resort of Mombasa?
In December, police raided the hide-out in a crime-ridden ghetto notorious with Islamic fundamentalists after receiving a tip that an Al Qaeda-linked terror cell was planning to blow up hotels and shopping centres across the East African city over Christmas and New Year.
They discovered it was a ‘bank’ where the woman pictured in the passport handed out hundreds of thousands of dollar bills to her associates. The nondescript house was also a bomb-making factory, containing batteries, hydrogen peroxide and wires. Police initially said they would not confirm that the woman they were hunting was Miss Lewthwaite, as it could be a case of mistaken identity.
But they have now issued photographs of her to every border point.
A source said: ‘The police are hunting for Samantha Lewthwaite. It is a huge manhunt.
‘The woman is said to have been the main financier of a major terror cell, which extended into Somalia. She had lived there and also ran bomb-making workshops there.
‘Her education, and the fact she was a white Western woman, meant she was in a good position to do this. We do not know where she is now, but she has fled with her children. We think she may be in Malindi.’