Bryant Neal Vinas in an undated photo obtained (Credit: Handout Photo)

Bryant Neal Vinas in an undated photo obtained by Newsday.

Feds: LI man joins al-Qaida

Bryant Neal Vinas, who grew up in Patchogue, helped attack a U.S. base and funneled information on the LIRR and New York City transit system, federal officials say.

Bryant Neal Vinas in an undated photo obtained
(Credit: Handout Photo)

Bryant Neal Vinas in an undated photo obtained by Newsday.

A 1996 Longwood Middle School yearbook photo of
(Credit: Handout Photo)

A 1996 Longwood Middle School yearbook photo of Bryant Neal Vinas, in the third row from the bottom and fourth from the left. The other students have been blacked out for privacy reasons. (Handout Photo)

A book and dog tags allegedly belonging to
(Credit: Newsday / John Keating)

A book and dog tags allegedly belonging to Bryant Neal Vinas, taken on July 24, 2009. (Newsday Photo / John Keating)

Bryant Neal Vinas in an undated photo obtained
(Credit: Handout Photo)

Bryant Neal Vinas in an undated photo obtained by Newsday.

Bryant Neal Vinas in an undated photo obtained
(Credit: Handout Photo)

Bryant Neal Vinas in an undated photo obtained by Newsday from his childhood friend Victor Kuilan, who said the photo was 3 to 4 years old.

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Bryant Neal Vinas converted to Islam at the
(Credit: Photo by James Carbone)

Bryant Neal Vinas converted to Islam at the Islamic Association of Long Island in Selden. (Photo by James Carbone / July 22, 2009)

Authorities said Bryant Neal Vinas pleaded guilty to
(Credit: Newsday File Photo, 2006 / Jim Peppler)

Authorities said Bryant Neal Vinas pleaded guilty to using "specialized knowledge" of the LIRR to help al-Qaida. (Newsday File Photo, 2006 / Jim Peppler)

Bryant Neal Vinas had lived in this house
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Bryant Neal Vinas had lived in this house in Patchogue with his father. (Los Angeles Times Photo, 2009)

Soon after Bryant Neal Vinas' capture in 2008,
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Soon after Bryant Neal Vinas' capture in 2008, federal officials sent an alert about a threat of an attack on an LIRR train in Penn Station, shown in this photo. Federal officials also warned that al-Qaida terrorists had discussed targeting transit systems in and around NYC. (Getty Images File Photo)

Imam Aziz leads prayers at the Islamic Association
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Imam Aziz leads prayers at the Islamic Association of Long Island in Selden, where Bryant Neal Vinas converted to Islam. (Photo by James Carbone / July 23, 2009)

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Nayyar Imam, president of the Islamic Association of
(Credit: Photo by James Carbone)

Nayyar Imam, president of the Islamic Association of Long Island in Selden, said he met Bryant Neal Vinas. (Photo by James Carbone / July 22, 2009)

Rep. Peter King said the capture of an
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Rep. Peter King said the capture of an Long Island-born man who gave intelligence to al-Qaida is another example of New York's vulnerability to "homegrown terrorism." (AP File Photo, 2009)