A man born in California is being indicted on charges of treason, accused of appearing in videos promoting al-Qaida. The Justice Department says Adam Gadahn, formerly Adam Pearlman, is the first American to be charged with treason since World War II.
In the videos, Gadahn, 28, rails against Western ideals and promotes the struggle of radical Muslims. In one video, he appeared al-Qaida leader Ayman Al Zawahiri. Justice Department officials say Gadahn seems to be more involved in public-relations style work for the group than in videos meant to spur particular attacks.
Gadahn goes by "Azzam the American." He is not in U.S. custody — he is believed to be in Pakistan, where he moved after converting to Islam. Gadahn was raised in Orange County, Calif.