Al-Qaida. Osama bin Laden. Terror camps. FBI investigation. Lodi. For 10 months, those words have frequently been used when the city of Lodi is mentioned in local, national and even national news. Sometimes residents’ far-off acquaintances joke about it, and sometimes online bloggers cast the city as a hotbed of terror.
To fuel the matter, a witness recently testified in court that al-Qaida’s second-in-command had spent time in Lodi. The government has since said it has no proof of that allegation, but the earlier news had already been broadcast around the world.