Openings Monday for trial in Fort Dix plot case

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image "><span></span></div><span class="caption-text">Authorities say the suspects also scouted out Fort Monmoth, the Dover Air Force Base and the U.S Coast Guard Station in Philadelphia before deciding to target Fort Dix.</span></div>
October 19, 2008 2:44:24 PM PDT
A jury will hear opening arguments Monday in the trial of five men accused of plotting to kill soldiers on Fort Dix, a case the government has presented as one of the most frightening examples of homegrown terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks. The five defendants - all foreign-born Muslim men in their 20s who have spent much of their lives in the southern New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia - were arrested in May 2007 and accused of plotting to sneak onto Fort Dix to attack soldiers. The Army base primarily trains reservists for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

No attack was carried out and lawyers for the men say there was no plot.

The men face charges of attempted murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on all counts.

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