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Fernando Jara and Rockville Farm

After Sept. 11, 2001, a Bakersfield Community College student who had converted to Islam volunteered to spy for the CIA. He now runs Rockhill Farm, a nonprofit near Bakersfield that he founded to rehabilitate drug addicts and felons. Read the story: From student to spy, and back again Al Seib / Los Angeles Times