MILWAUKEE – a Wisconsin woman accused of trying to make the planning of terrorist attacks on social media leads a lonely life and was looking for companionship online, but they never posed a real threat, her attorney told a judge Friday.
But the federal magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph said that the allegations against the 45-year-old Waheba Issa Stage were over enough that they should be held without bond pending her trial.
The plaintiffs claim that the mother of seven tried to recruit people to carry out attacks for the Islamic State, with information on how to make explosives and toxic substances.
The FBI said that its investigation found that Stage used hacked social media accounts to talk about possible attacks by self-proclaimed members of IS, but that the government is not of her in connection with an attack plots.
Dais was arrested Wednesday in a suburb of Milwaukee. She is facing up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
Her public defender, John Campion, told the court that Dais’ common-law husband abandoned her at the end of last year. Authorities suspect Dais’ activities began in January.
“In essence, she lives this very limited social existence,” Campion said.
He said that she was “looking for social contacts, looking for perhaps a romantic relationship” with her online activities. He noted that they do not have a criminal record.
But attorney Gregory Haanstad said the Stage was “relentless and driven” in its desire to carry out an attack.
The FBI said Dais suggested the deadly toxin ricin in a government building or a reservoir somewhere in the US. during one of her conversations with an informant. In another instance, she suggested the street festivals and summer celebrations as possible targets, the FBI said.
“Mrs. Dais has demonstrated not only a disdain for human life but an affirmative and apparently wish to assist in mass executions,” Haanstad said.
Dais appeared in court handcuffed and with her legs in stirrups. She smiled at family members as they walked to the court and later she was led out. Five of her seven children lived with her, Haanstad said, including three minors.
Haanstad told Judge Joseph Dais has a history of depression and bipolar disorder, but has refused to take her medication.