Wisconsin mother pleads guilty to trying to plan terrorist attacks on behalf of ISIS

A Wisconsin woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to plan terrorist attacks on behalf of ISIS, according to The Associated Press.

Waheba Issa Dais, a mother of seven, pleaded guilty Monday to distributing information on how to manufacture biological weapons and explosives online. Dais initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of providing material support to terrorists before pleading guilty to one in exchange for the other being dropped, according to the AP.


Dais allegedly discussed plans for potential attacks with people claiming to be members of ISIS and attempted to recruit other ISIS supporters for attacks through hacked social media accounts, according to the report. Some of the proposed attacks included using the toxin ricin in reservoirs or government buildings or targeting street festivals.

Authorities said Dais was never connected to any specific attacks or planned attacks, but U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin said “nobody will ever know what all she could’ve inspired" with the material she posted online.

Dais was born in Jerusalem and arrived in Chicago in 1992, divorcing her U.S. citizen husband in 2003 but remaining in the country as a lawful permanent resident.

While she faces up to 20 years in prison, her punishment may be lighter due to her guilty plea. Her sentencing is set for Sept. 12, according to the AP.