US Man Plead Guilty to Firing Rockets at US Soldiers, Giving NY Transit Data to al Qaeda

July 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Federal court papers just unsealed on Wednesday, revealed that U.S. citizen, Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, plead guilty on January 28, to three counts of assisting al-Qaeda in its terrorism efforts directed towards the U.S, here and in Afghanistan.

Vinas admitted to conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens, providing material support to a terrorist organization and receiving military-type training from a terrorist group, according to court documents.

When Vinas pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in January, the court documents were sealed, because of an ongoing federal investigation.

In September 2008, Vinas, who is also known as “Ibrahim” and “Bashir al-Ameriki” admitted to firing rockets targeted for U.S. soldiers at a military base in Afghanistan and to receiving training from terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, from March 2008 to November 2008.

Vinas, a New York resident, also admitted to providing “material information” regarding New York City’s public transit systems to terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda.

Vinas wasn’t an employee of the NY transit system, and yet court documents show that he possessed, “expert advice and assistance,” including “specialized knowledge of the New York transit system and Long Island Rail Road, communications equipment and personnel.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority say they have “…been in constant communication with local and federal authorities…,” and that “There was never an imminent threat to the system.”

There is obviously more to this story, with additional details surrounding Vinas’ guilty plea expected to emerge in the days and weeks ahead.

Vinas remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and is facing a sentence of life in prison.



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