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California man pleads guilty to volunteering for Al Qaeda on Facebook

29
Dec
2013

If you run into an Al Qaeda recruiter on Facebook, theres a good chance theyre actually working for the FBI. Its a lesson 24-year-old Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove, California learned the hard way. Between August and October, Nguyen met several times with a man hed met on Facebook who he believed to be a recruiter for a Syrian Al Qaeda campaign — but on October 11th, the recruiter revealed himself to be a federal counterterrorism officer. This week, Nguyen pled guilty to federal terrorism charges, although the judge openly questioned Nguyen value to Al Qaeda more broadly.

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