Long Islander Helped Qaeda, Then Informed
By William Rashbaum and Squad Mekhennet
Thursday, 23rd July, 2009
He grew up in the solid middle class of Suffolk County, the son of an engineer, the child of a couple that had emigrated from South America, a fan of football and video games, an altar boy and, eventually, a Boy Scout.
But Bryant Neal Vinas became very angry, according to his mother, when his parents’ bitter divorce cleaved through his adolescence. He opted against college and instead joined the United States Army at 18.
Years later, he became a Muslim, joined a mosque, began visiting jihadist Web sites and, in 2008, found himself traveling to Pakistan, and eventually Afghanistan. There, this young man from an American suburb tried to kill American soldiers in a Qaeda rocket attack against a military base, according to federal court papers unsealed in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Some two months after the September assault, Mr. Vinas, going by names like Bashir al-Ameriki, or Bashir the American, was picked up by Pakistani authorities in Peshawar, according to American officials. Days later, he was back in the United States, providing counterterrorism officials with what they called “valuable information” gleaned from his visits to Al Qaeda’s camps, leading to the arrests of senior Qaeda operatives and to Predator drone strikes.
Mr. Vinas, 26, pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to murder United States nationals, providing material support to Al Qaeda and receiving military training from the group.
  And the punishment for this what? But don't worry, because his lawyer wants 'the public to withhold judgement.' :)
  But he looks like a confirmed traitor to everyone to me.
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