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Posted on 07/27/2009 2:29:56 PM PDT by Cindy
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Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina
RALEIGH, NCSeven individuals have been charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad, David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division; George E.B. Holding, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina; and Owen D. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs Charlotte Field Division, announced today.
On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a sealed seven-count indictment against the following defendants:
Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, a U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina Hysen Sherifi, 24, a native of Kosovo and a U.S. legal permanent resident located in North Carolina Anes Subasic, 33, a naturalized U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina Zakariya Boyd, 20, a U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina Dylan Boyd, 22, a U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, a U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina Ziyad Yaghi, 21, a U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina All the defendants are charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, as well as conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad. In addition, Daniel Boyd, Hysen Sherifi and Zakariya Boyd are each charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Daniel Boyd and Dylan Boyd are also each charged with selling a firearm to a convicted felon. Finally, Daniel Boyd is also charged with receiving a firearm through interstate commerce and two counts of making false statements in a terrorism investigation.
The defendants were arrested at various locations this morning by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. They made their initial appearances today in federal court in Raleigh, N.C. At that time, the indictment was unsealed.
The indictment alleges that Daniel Boyd is a veteran of terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan who, over the past three years, has conspired with others in this country to recruit and help young men travel overseas in order to kill. Given the weapons allegedly involved in this conspiracy and the seriousness of the charges, the many agents, analysts, and prosecutors who were able to bring about this case and safely remove these defendants from our streets deserve special thanks, said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.
These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right here at home. Terrorists and their supporters are relentless and constant in their efforts to hurt and kill innocent people across the globe. We must be equally relentless and constant in our efforts to stop them, said U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.
The threat that extremists and radicals pose to America and our allies has not dulled or gone away. These arrests today show there are people living among us, in our communities in North Carolina and around the U.S., that are honing their skills to carry out acts of murder and mayhem. Their ultimate goal is to wage war on freedom and democracy. The FBI and our law enforcement partners are doing all we can to stop them from thriving and successfully attacking again, said Owen D. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI. We will remain vigilant, so must the public. If you see or hear somethingactcall your local police department or the FBI. September 11th is not a vague memory for us, nor should it be for anyone.
The cooperation between federal, state and local authorities throughout this investigation has been outstanding. It is only with our ongoing law enforcement partnership through the Joint Terrorism Task Force in conjunction with North Carolinas fusion center, ISAAC, that we are able to ensure public safety from these terrorist threats, said North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Director Robin P. Pendergraft.
According to the indictment, during the period from 1989 through 1992, Daniel Boyd traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan where he received military-style training in terrorist training camps for the purpose of engaging in violent jihad. Following this training, he allegedly fought in Afghanistan.
From roughly November 2006 through at least July 2009, the indictment alleges that Daniel Boyd and the other defendants conspired to provide material support and resources to terrorists, including currency, training, transportation, and personnel. The defendants also conspired to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad during this period. The object of the conspiracy, according to the indictment, was to advance violent jihad, including supporting and participating in terrorist activities abroad and committing acts of murder, kidnapping, or maiming persons abroad.
The indictment alleges that, as part of the conspiracy, the defendants prepared themselves to engage in violent jihad and were willing to die as martyrs. They also allegedly offered training in weapons and financing, and helped arrange overseas travel and contacts so others could wage violent jihad overseas.
As part of the conspiracy, the indictment further alleges that the defendants raised money to support training efforts, disguised the destination of such monies from the donors, and obtained assault weapons to develop skills with the weapons. Some defendants also allegedly radicalized others to believe that violent jihad was a personal religious obligation.
Recruitment and Travels
Among other acts, the indictment alleges that Daniel Boyd traveled to Gaza in March 2006 and attempted to enter Palestine in order to introduce his son to individuals who also believed that violent jihad was a personal religious obligation. Later, in October 2006, defendant Ziyad Yaghi allegedly departed the United States for Jordan to engage in violent jihad.
In June 2007, Daniel Boyd and several other defendants departed the United States for Israel in an effort to engage in violent jihad, but ultimately returned to the United States after failing in their efforts. According to the indictment, after his return to the United States, Daniel Boyd made false statements twice to federal officials about who he had planned to meet on his trip to Israel.
In February 2008, Daniel Boyd allegedly solicited money to fund the travel of additional individuals overseas to engage in violent jihad and in March 2008, discussed with Anes Subasic preparations to send two individuals abroad for this purpose. He allegedly accepted $500 in cash from defendant Hysen Sherifi to be used to help fund jihad overseas and later showed Sherifi how to operate an AK-47 assault weapon.
In July 2008, Sharifi allegedly departed the United States for Kosovo to engage in violent jihad. According to the indictment, Sharifi later returned to North Carolina in April 2009, for the purpose of soliciting funds and personnel to support the mujihadeen.
Weapons and Training
The indictment also alleges that Daniel Boyd obtained a variety of weapons in furtherance of the conspiracy to murder persons overseas and provide material support to terrorists. These included a Bushmaster M4A3 rifle that Boyd allegedly received illegally via interstate commerce in 2006, as well as an ETA M16 V System C-MAG that he purchased in 2006. In 2007, he allegedly purchased a Ruger mini 14 long gun.
During 2008, the indictment alleges that Boyd purchased a Mossburg 100 ATR .270 rifle, a Llama Camanche III .357 revolver, a Century Arms AK Sporter 7.62 X 39 rifle and a Ruger mini 30 7.62 X 39 rifle. During 2009, Boyd allegedly purchased a Ishmash SAGA .308 rifle, a Century Arms Polish Tantal 5.45 X 39 rifle, a Century Arms C91 rifle .308, a Century Arms M70B1 7.62 X 34 rifle, a Ruger mini 14 5.56 rifle, and a Smith & Wesson MP15 .223 rifle.
The indictment further alleges that in February 2009, Daniel Boyd and his son, Dylan Boyd, knowingly sold a Beretta 9 mm handgun and ammunition to a convicted felon. In addition, the indictment alleges that in June 2009, Daniel Boyd and his son, Zakariya Boyd, used firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence, specifically conspiracy to murder.
Finally, the indictment alleges that Daniel Boyd and several of the defendants practiced military tactics and the use of weapons on private property in Caswell County, N.C., in June and July 2009.
Each of the defendants faces potential life imprisonment if convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad. In addition, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists carries a maximum 15-year sentence. The charges of receiving a firearm through interstate commerce and selling a firearm to a convicted felon each carry a maximum 10-year sentence. Making false statements in a terrorism investigation carries a maximum eight-year sentence, while possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence carries a consecutive five-year sentence.
This investigation is being conducted by the Raleigh Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Charlotte Division of the FBI and NCISAAC, the North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Barbara D. Kocher and Jason Cowley of the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and Trial Attorney Jason Kellhofer, of the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Departments National Security Division.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains mere allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
“Jihad is spiritual struggle...Religion of Peace....our Muslim brothers and sisters...can’t we all get along?...peace...tiny minority of Muslims are violent...misguided individuals...not representative of Islam...etc.”
Nothing to see here, move along.
Immmigration laws, like elections (circular argument) have consequences.
Thanks to a special emailer for links to these photos and the indictment:
Note: Includes a photo slide show here:
"We will remain vigilant, so must the public. If you see or hear somethingactcall your local police department or the FBI. September 11th is not a vague memory for us, nor should it be for anyone.
Terrorism in our homeland...I'd mention something about borders and 10,000,000 ( at least) illegals raising health care costs but that would be "racial" now wouldn't it?
Check the Dateline on this old article:
The Brothers & the Grisly Sentence; Two Americans Face Islamic Justice in Pakistan for a Crime They Say They Didn’t Commit
The Washington Post | October 2, 1991
But this morning Daniel Boyd and his wife, Sabrina, also known as Saifullah Abu Laith and Umm Mohammed, are a long way from football games and homecoming dances. They are sitting in the dusty office of the superintendent of the Peshawar Central Jail.....
Yes and I saw that and thank you Sreaming Fist.
Thank you Uncle Militie.
ADDING to post no. 12:
The Washington Post
October 2, 1991, Wednesday, Final Edition
“The Brothers & the Grisly Sentence;
Two Americans Face Islamic Justice in Pakistan for a Crime They Say They Didn’t Commit”
BYLINE: Steve Coll, Washington Post Foreign Service
SECTION: STYLE; PAGE B1
LENGTH: 2221 words
DATELINE: PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct. 1, 1991
SNIPPET: “For the moment, however, things appear to be going from bad to worse for the Boyds, U.S. citizens who converted to Islam several years ago and moved to Pakistan to do relief work for Afghanistan’s mujaheddin rebels.”
SNIPPET: “Daniel and Charles Boyd are two of five sons born to Thornton Boyd and his wife, Patricia. Their father was a career U.S. Marine, stationed at one point at Quantico. The parents divorced in 1977 and Pat, a secretary for a Washington lawyer, married William Saddler, an American Muslim whom she described in an interview in Washington as “intellectual and deep and decent.””
Thanks to a special emailer for a link to this indictment:
Hang em......no wait.
Obama will want to speak with em instead.
Thx Cindy !
Well it sure is a bad time to get caught for terrorism and all because they are closing Club Gitmo. They missed the prime prisoner spot in the World!... only place left for them to stay will be the cold stark reality of a Federal prison. Don’t think they have very many accomodations like prayer rugs.
da FBI need to get wit de program
You’re welcome Squantos.
Yep they wander into Fayett’Nam and they will be fed to the pigs by sunrise......or used as sharkbait on Top Sail Island / Surf City pier !
...they’re obviously not guilty: they’re Muslim.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
See posts no. 1 and 17.
As for where in the USA...
I’ll updates this thread as more info becomes available.
Here is an update from the RALEIGH newspaper, The News & Observer
Some very unsavory perps!!
July 29, 2009
“Jihadi’s Facebook Account: I will kill you (Updated: Pics Added)”
SNIPPET: “More on the banality of terror. You should read it for the context in understanding the federal indictments against Ziyad Yaghi, Mohammad Omar Aly Hussain, and six others.
At first glance Yaghi’s Facebook account seemed so ordinary. “
July 27, 2009
“7 Traitors Arrested in N.C. for Jihad Plans”
SNIPPET: “Traitors falling out all over the place this week. First, it was revealed that a veteran named Bryant Neal Vinas had been held since late last year as a member of al Qaeda. And now seven more?
One of the men — Hysen Sherifi from Kosovo — arrested in the cell is here as a permanent resident, so technically only six of the men are American citizens and therefore traitors.
The ringleader? It seems to be Daniel Boyd. What a surprising name, eh?
Not surprising? That he likes to be called Saifullah.”
Thank you for the bump Vel.
July 29, 2009
“Banality of Evil: An Indicted Terrorist’s Facebook Account”
NOTE: Photos included.
“North Carolina Arrests: Meet ‘Taqiyya Jihad’..”
By Walid Phares
(July 30, 2009)
“N.C. Family Accused of Plotting ‘Jihad’ Stopped in Israel in 2007”
By MIKE BAKERAssociated Press Writer
July 29, 2009
SNIPPET: “An Israeli security official confirmed that members of the Boyd family were denied entry in 2007. He declined to say why they were stopped or provide further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not officially made public.”
Friday, July 31, 2009
by Oliver North
SNIPPET: “Our nation’s chief executive, consumed with preparations for his “beer summit,” was as mute about the “North Carolina Seven” — all charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists overseas — as he was about the fraudulent elections in Iran. Perhaps that’s because he doesn’t want to alarm the public about a real and present danger — or because he was involved so personally in choosing just the right brews for himself and his guests.”
“The Terror Connection”
By: Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, July 31, 2009
SNIPPET: “FP: Dave Gaubatz, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Seven Muslims from North Carolina (NC) were recently arrested for terrorism-related charges. Frontpage previously interviewed you about Islamic Centers in NC advocating violence against America and innocent people. Are they related?”
July 30, 2009
“US ROLLS UP THE SAIFULLAH ABU LAITH NETWORK”
“The Creeping Homegrown Threat”
SNIPPET: “The arrest of seven North Carolinians on conspiracy charges shows, says Steve Emerson, how the U.S. is becoming like Europe, where homegrown terror plots get stoppedor notseemingly every week.”
by Steven Emerson
The Daily Beast
August 2, 2009
SNIPPET: “This week’s arrest of seven North Carolina residents, including Daniel Boyd and his two sons, on charges of supporting terrorism and conspiracy to commit murder abroad, showed how the problem of homegrown Islamic terrorism is far more rampant than the media or the public is aware of. Just look at the major cases in the past year alone:
The convert from Long Island who joined al Qaeda (disclosed this past week) and gave the group information about Long Island trains and New York City’s subways.
The plot to blow up two synagogues and a National Guard plane in upstate New York by prison converts (scheduled to go to trial).
The plot to kill hundreds of soldiers at Fort Dix by assimilated American Muslims living here 25 years (all convicted).
The plot to operate a terrorist training camp in Oregon (pleaded guilty).
The plot to blow up buildings by the Liberty City 7 (all convicted).
The sweeping conviction of Hamas officials for conspiring to support terrorism overseas.
The cases of young Somali teenagers raised in the U.S. going overseas to become suicide bombers.
The Boyd case in North Carolina proves that radical Islamic ideology transcends economic class problems as has been claimed by pointy-headed sociologists. The Boyd family was white, had a middle-class existence, and had the economic opportunities afforded all Americansjust like most of the terrorists cited aboveand yet chose to engage in jihad to the point that Daniel Boyd was willing to send his two kids on suicide missions to Israel.
That the FBI stopped all these plots is amazing, but they will never continue to bat a thousand. One of these days, the jihadists will succeed.
In the end, the mainstream media refuses to recognize that the “mainstream” Islamic groups are actually radical organizations that teach and imbue their followers with a hatred of the United States and Israel. These groups front as civil-rights groups, but in fact are radical Islamic groups whose constant message disseminated to the millions of Muslim followers is that the U.S. is an evil country engaged in a war against Islam. Once that message takes holdand after all, these groups control the mosques, the Islamic newspapers, the Islamic schools, and the Islamic leadership from which American Muslims and converts get their ideas about the worldit is not a huge leap for some of them to become committed to violent jihad.
We are talking about a situation that is far more rampant than government leaders want to admit because the Islamic groups routinely throw the term “racist” at anyone who claims there is radicalism in the Muslim community. Two years ago, a poll was taken of American Muslims: 29 percent of young Muslims approved of suicide bombings. And those 29 percent are the ones that admitted their views. How many more would not tell the pollsters what they really thought?”
August 03, 2009
“THE OLD ‘YOUR HUSBAND AND SONS ARE IN THE HOSPITAL’ TRICK”
August 03, 2009
“TERRORISM SUSPECTS’ ACQUAINTANCE ‘WASN’T SURPRISED’ BY ARREST”
“THE CURIOUS CASE OF DANIEL BOYD”
Author: Marisa Urgo
SNIPPET: “However, it’s clear there’s much more to the story than the weak indictment and the initial — mostly local — news reports.”
SNIPPET: “The Post has helpfully republished 1991 profile of Boyd by Steve Coll. Boyd, then a member of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami party in Pakistan, was living there with his wife, brother and sister-in-law:
In Pakistan the Boyds shifted from house to house in Hyatabad, a suburb in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains beneath the Khyber Pass, which leads to Afghanistan. After a year, Charles Boyd and his second wife, Debra, joined them.
The Post also returned to Pakistan to follow up on Coll’s 1991 article later in the week.
I am curious about the extent of the Salafist-Jihadist influence in the Raleigh, North Carolina region.”
August 05, 2009
“”NEXT TIME,” SAID ONE OF THE MEN PRAYING, “THAT CAMERA IS GOING UP YOUR ASS.””
SNIPPET: “So said one of the supporters of NC7, outside the Federal court, to a news photographer. File under: ROPMA.”
August 4, 2009
“North Carolina jihadist: “If I don’t leave this country soon, I am going to make jihad right here in America””
“Carolina Jihad Suspect Talked of Domestic Attacks”
August 4, 2009
*Updated August 5