Remember that plotline on The O.C. where four men were arrested in a plot to join al Qaeda and the Taliban and kill Americans in a violent jihad? Oh no, that’s real life: four Southern Californian men, including one who served in the Air Force, are being held for scheming to bomb military bases and government facilities. The men, inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, allegedly plotted to go to Afghanistan for jihad-training in mid-November. The organizer, age 34, recruited a 23-year-old and two 21-year-olds on Facebook, and online conversations and Skype calls helped foil their plans.
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