Here's another item to add to Dr. Laura's list of "10 Stupid
Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives": Stupid treachery.
An alarming number of American women have ruined their lives --
and threatened the lives of their fellow citizens -- by marrying Middle
Eastern militants out of emotional immaturity. Others have helped radical
Islamists out of pure greed.
Take Jessica Yolanda Fortune, who united with Lebanon-born
Chawki Youssef Hammoud in 1994. The marriage enabled him to obtain a green
card -- and the cover to operate a Charlotte, N.C.-based cell that smuggled
cigarettes to raise cash for the terrorist Hezbollah organization. Hammoud
was convicted of smuggling, credit card fraud, money laundering and
racketeering in June 2002.
In Fortune's personal diary and letters, used by her lawyer in
an attempt to win sympathy with a federal jury, she admitted committing
perjury about the sham marriage in an attempt to win Hammoud's love. "I
married you because I wanted to help you get your green card," she had
written to Hammoud, "but also because I wanted to show I could be a good
wife to you."
There's a great pitch: Love me, I'm a
Later, still pathetically perplexed by her unrequited passion,
Fortune wrote to Hammoud: "What is it about me you hate?"
Gee, maybe it had something to do with those "Death to America"
videos found in Hammoud's brother's home?
Even after Chawki Hammoud's arrest, Fortune refused to consider
any plea bargains because she didn't want to testify against him. Her lawyer
cast Fortune as a "naive" victim. But in the shadow of the September 11
attacks, common-sense jurors were in no mood to shed tears for a terrorist
enabler. Fortune was convicted of marriage fraud in October 2001.
Meanwhile, Fortune's brother-in-law, Mohammed Hammoud, married
three different American women. After arriving in the United States on a
counterfeit visa, being ordered deported and filing an appeal, he wed Sabina
Edwards to gain a green card. INS officials refused to award him legal
status after this first marriage was deemed bogus in 1994.
Undaunted, he married Jessica Wedel in May 1997, and while still
wed to her, paid Angela Tsioumas (already married to someone else, too) to
marry him in Detroit. The Tsioumas union netted Mohammed Hammoud temporary
legal residence and quick bucks for Tsioumas. According to federal
authorities, she bragged to others that she would "marry any of them for the
Tsioumas entered a plea agreement in March 2002 on charges of
conspiracy. Her "husband" was convicted on 16 counts that included providing
material support to Hezbollah.
El Sayyid A. Nosair wed Karen Ann Mills Sweeney to avoid
deportation for overstaying his visa. He acquired U.S. citizenship and was
later convicted for conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that
claimed six lives. Ali Mohamed became an American citizen after marrying a
woman he met on a plane trip from Egypt to New York. Recently divorced,
Linda Lee Sanchez wed Mohamed in Reno, Nev., after a six-week "courtship."
Mohamed became a top aide to Osama bin Laden and was later convicted for his
role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa that killed 12 Americans
and more than 200 others.
Two other embassy bombing plotters followed similar paths:
Khalid Abu al Dahab obtained citizenship after marrying three different
American women. Wadih el Hage, Osama bin Laden's personal secretary, married
April Ray in 1985 and became a naturalized citizen in 1989. Ray knew of her
husband's employment with bin Laden, but like many of these women in bogus
marriages, she pleaded ignorance about the nature of her husband's work.
El Hage, she says, was a sweet man -- and bin Laden "was a great
Then there's Christy Layne of Canton, Ohio, who accepted $1,100
from Zuhaier Ben Mohammed Rouissi to marry him in August 2000 after his
tourist visa lapsed. Rouissi is a Tunisian national with ties to top
terrorist suspects. Layne told federal investigators she met Rouissi in a
bar and married him to "get back" at her boyfriend, with whom she had
My fellow American women, it's time to stop being so stupid,
selfish and naive. Stay away from young, single Jihadists with wads of cash
and bomb-building manuals in their bedrooms. We are at war, ladies. Put your
self-respect -- and your country -- first. When you sleep with the enemy,
you endanger us all.