FROM Greg Krikorian
American al Qaeda Member Indicted for Treason America's first charge of treason since World War II makes an unlikely connection between al Qaeda and a Republican stronghold in California. Adam Gadahn of Orange County is thought to be overseas. He now calls himself Azzam al-Amriki -- "Azzam the American" -- and he's appeared on five the terrorist group's tapes, four of them with Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who's number two to Osama bin Laden. Yesterday, a federal grand jury in Orange County charged him with treason .
Head of Mexican Drug Cartel Arrested Yesterday, off the coast of Mexico, the US Coast Guard boarded a fishing boat and arrested Javier Arellano Felix, the leader of what US officials call the "most violent drug-trafficking operation in the Tijuana-Baja California area." The Arellano-Felix organization is accused of murder, kidnap and torture in order to maintain control of drug smuggling from Mexico to California. Greg Krikorian covers federal law enforcement and homeland security for the Los Angeles Times .
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