“The seriousness of the offense is among the most serious you can imagine. On the other hand, the value of the cooperation is among the most valuable you can imagine.” The NYT”s Adam Goldman on the sentencing of Bryant Neal Vinas, a “onetime altar boy who grew up on Long Island” who joined Al Qaeda, but later helped the US stop terror plots: Service to Both Al Qaeda and U.S., With Fate Hanging in the Balance.