Antiterrorism officials investigating an alleged plot to attack National Guard recruitment centers, synagogues, and other sites in Southern California are checking the possibility that the plot was hatched by Islamic extremists and gang members at a state prison in Folsom, reports the Los Angeles Times. The possibility of connections between prison gangs and terrorists has been a worry for U.S. officials.
There are several significant investigations into the alleged use of federal and state prisons as bases for recruiting potential Islamic terrorists. An Islamic group called Jamiyyat Ul Islam Is Saheeh, or JIS, has had a presence at a California prison for about five years. Three people in custody are believed to be connected with the alleged plot.