Al Qaeda is too close

The FBI has arrested a Pakistani-American father and son living in California after the son admitted to attending an &to=http:// ' target=_blank>al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

Hamid Hayat, 23, and his father, Umer, 45, of Lodi, 35 miles south of state capital Sacramento, were taken into custody over the weekend. Both men are being held in Sacramento on charges of lying to federal authorities.

"We believe through our investigation that various individuals connected to al Qaeda have been operating in the Lodi area in various capacities," Keith Slotter, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Sacramento, told reporters.

These involve "individuals who have received terrorist training abroad with the specific intent to initiate a terrorist attack in the United States and to harm Americans and our institutions."

The United States has launched numerous terrorism prosecutions with great fanfare since the &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, although many cases later fizzled out, reports Reuters.

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