I have blogged before about Al Qaeda using Brazil as a base of operations. The story below shows just how easy it is for them to take advantage of the lax laws here (and almost non-existent anti-terror effort) to have pretty much free reign.
Note, this article is part of a translation of the original Portuguese article by a reporter for Veja magazine. The source for this is not fringe, crackpot, conspiracy theory.
A high-level member of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda was imprisoned in Brazil about two months ago, according to informers in the Justice Ministry. He is already free.
Sources in the Justice Ministry said that the Al Qaeda member is already free, and that he should not be extradited. Among the alleged motives for permitting him to stay in Brazil, according to ministry sources, was proof of his stability in the country — as indicated by his marriage to a Brazilian woman.