Muslim Woman Arrested for Terrorist Threat Against University of Illinois


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

A twenty-four year old Wheaton, Illinois resident was arrested for making e-mail threats against the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. Mahtab Shirani was nabbed on Tuesday by members of the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), according to John W. Richardson, Chief of the University Police Department.

Shirani was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Chicago with one count of making threats through use of interstate commerce, which is a felony offense.

According to the police complaint, an individual subsequently identified as Shirani, who is a student at the University, sent an anonymous e-mail to a university administrator threatening a repeat of the shooting incident that had taken place the previous day at Northern Illinois University . The threat stated that a group of five individuals would carry out the attack sometime during the spring 2008 semester. However, the caller failed to give a reason for making the threat.

Subsequent investigation by the university’s police officers determined that the threatening e-mail was sent from a computer in the campus computer laboratory. It was also determined the user ID for the computer in question was assigned to the suspect, Shirani.

Further investigation eventually led to the identification of Shirani as the suspect responsible for sending the threatening e-mail.

Shirani, a Muslim woman, appeared before US Magistrate Judge Nan R. Nolan in Chicago , on Tuesday afternoon, at which time she was formally charged. She was released on bond, pending her next scheduled court appearance.

If convicted of the charge filed against her, Shirani faces a possible sentence of up to 10 years incarceration.

In announcing this arrest, university officials commended the campus police department and the administrative staff for the prompt and professional manner in which the threat was handled and subsequently investigated.

“The school’s response to this threat not only led to the identification and arrest of the person responsible but also prevented widespread panic from sweeping the campus. The UIC community should be justifiably proud of their campus police force,” said Robert Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is comprised of investigators and officers from fifteen federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, whose combined resources and expertise are used to investigate and prevent potential terrorist incidents.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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