NYer who became al-Qaida member testifies
4/23/2012 2:45:33 PM - AP News
NEW YORK (AP) — A New Yorker who became a sworn member of al-Qaida has begun testifying at a Brooklyn terrorism trial.Bryant Neal Vinas testified Monday at the federal trial of Adis Madunjanin (ah-DEES' may-DOON'-yah-neen).Medunjanin denies charges he plotted to attack Manhattan subways in 2009.Vinas testified that he went to Pakistan in 2007 and was able to participate in an attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan within two weeks. Months later, he joined al-Qaida.Vinas, a native of Patchogue (PACH'-awg) on Long Island, previously pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in Brooklyn. He's become a key government cooperator.