Four California Muslim Men Charged in Alleged Terror Plot

Four California Muslims were charged in an alleged terror plot Monday.

The four were reportedly influenced by the writings of radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. (Daily Mail)

The AP reported:

Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.

The defendants, including a man who served in the U.S. Air Force, were arrested for plotting to bomb military bases and government facilities, and for planning to engage in “violent jihad,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a release.

A federal complaint unsealed Monday says 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir of Pomona introduced two of the other men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased al-Qaida leader. Kabir served in the Air Force from 2000 to 2001.

The other two — 23-year-old Ralph Deleon of Ontario and 21-year-old Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales of Upland — converted to Islam in 2010 and began engaging with Kabir and others online in discussions about jihad, including posting radical content to Facebook and expressing extremist views in comments.

They later recruited 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside…

…Federal authorities said the trio and the FBI’s confidential source bought airplane tickets last week for a Sunday flight from Mexico City to Istanbul, with plans to later continue to Kabul.

After Kabir began talking to him about Islam, Santana said he “accepted Islam without knowing anything about it besides it being the truth” and that he believed the religion would help him “fit in and actually be able to fight for something that’s right,” according to the complaint.

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison.

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  • Militant Conservative

    Gee, how easy if you profile. Suspects between the ages of 18-40 male and muslim.

    Slam dunk! NOW stop frisking heelchair bound grandma’s and go after the problem.

    P.S. IF you try and confiscate my 401k or my small arms, I will be your next problem.

    Powder is dry

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  • Tom

    I like how the older guys “introduce” jihad to the younger guys. I would take the “you first” approach but they are too damn stupid.

  • bear

    How does someone (kabir) serve less than two years in the Air Force without being a bed-wetter or committing a crime?

    Did these guys work in the same place?

    Did they attend the same terrorist training center (that’s mosque to you Obama voters out there)?

    How did these would be murderers actually hook-up?

    Just curious.

  • dw dude

    but what about those angry white male tea party advocates? it can’t just can’t be mainly members of the religion of peace, could it?

  • More_liberty

    So besides travel, what was the plot? Or was this another FBI sting where they entrap idiots?

  • bear

    Rereading the text answers two of my last three questions. sorry.

    These fools may face 15 years in the pokey, but my guess is that they won’t spend more than two years behind bars.

  • bear


    They self-identified as extremists and radicals online, and one declared that he would, “actually be able to fight.” Presumably against non-muslims. Their travel was to facilitate that end.

    I share your desire for more detail.

    #1, MC and #6 DUDE, Right on.

  • democraps suck

    First need to get rid of obummer…then deport all mooslums from this country….their only goal is the death of all Americans…wake the F up people

  • NoResolution

    But Obama says terrorism is over cause he killed Bin Laden. Just another day in ObamaLand.

  • Hera

    It appears these muslims engaged in treason against the US. So why are they only facing 15 years and not the death penalty?

  • Marsh626

    Can’t go a single month without these home grown islamic jihadists getting busted, can we?

    Bush, Obama and other Western leaders are complete morons for allowing muslims to mass migrate here during a freaking civilizational conflict between the West and islam…

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