Wife Defends Husband and Sons Charged in Terror Plot


July 30, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. — The wife of Daniel P. Boyd, one of seven men charged by federal authorities with supporting violent jihadist movements overseas, said in interviews released Wednesday that he and two of their sons, who were also charged, are innocent of the government’s accusations.

She was also sharply critical of how federal agents treated her on Monday during the arrests.

Mr. Boyd has been described as the ringleader of the men arrested on Monday. An eighth man is still at large.

A federal law enforcement official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the pending prosecution, confirmed that the eighth man is Jude Kenan Mohammad, a 20-year-old American citizen from Raleigh. Mr. Mohammad is thought to be in Pakistan.

Also on Wednesday, a judge postponed detention hearings for the seven men until Aug. 4 to give defense lawyers more time to prepare. The hearings had been scheduled for Thursday.

The public defender’s office is representing Mr. Boyd; the others will have court-appointed lawyers.

In interviews with The Raleigh News and Observer and CNN, Mr. Boyd’s wife, Sabrina Boyd, rebutted several specific accusations, including that Mr. Boyd and his sons went to Israel to connect with Palestinian militants. Ms. Boyd said they were on a pilgrimage to see Islamic holy sites and immerse themselves in Arabic culture.

A neighbor, Susan Bedwell, said the reasons Ms. Boyd gave for her husband’s trips abroad were the same reasons she had given when the trips took place.

Ms. Boyd described Monday’s raid in detail. She said a man had come to the door wearing a shirt that appeared bloodied and told her that her husband and three of her sons had been in a serious car crash.

She went with the man to a nearby hospital, where another man dressed as a doctor came and out and asked if she was Ms. Boyd. He then handcuffed her, she said, and told her that he was an agent and that Mr. Boyd and two of her sons were being detained. Agents surrounded her, she said, and asked if she had weapons.

The ordeal was particularly harrowing, she said, because one of her sons, Luqman, died two years ago in a car accident at the age of 16.

Spokeswomen for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Eastern District declined to comment on Ms. Boyd’s version of events.

Eric Schmitt contributed reporting from Washington.


3 thoughts on “Wife Defends Husband and Sons Charged in Terror Plot

  1. This Daniel Boyd case is a false flag operation take away US citizen rights guaranteed by the bill of rights about freedom of speech and gun ownership etc etc and to scare people –big time.

    Remember when the “Reagan Doctrine,” and sacrifice against the “Evil Empire” of International Communism, was patriotic?
    Reagan said introducing leaders of the Afghan Mujahedeen (from the word Jihad) to media on the White House lawns (1985): “These gentlemen are the moral equivalents of America’s founding fathers.”
    Daniel Patrick Boyd (aka; Saifullah) of NC was a teenager when he was in Afghanistan, a valiant soul who sacrificed himself in the US backed proxy war.
    And yet now he is in prison in Virginia and the FBI calls those 1980’s and 90’s camps as “terrorist camps”.
    If they were, then they were US supported “terrorist camps”. [I guess along the lines of the Fort Benning Georgia based ‘School of the Americas’!!!]
    And note that Erik Prince of Blackwater (Xe) has been charged with the fact that he [to quote]: “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”
    This is explosive to say the least, and it is being reported in the world news, but not here widely? Why is this being buried from in the main news in the USA???????!!!!!!!!
    See http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090817/scahill

    For an interesting comparison between Daniel Boyd and Blackwater’s Erik Prince, see this title of an article:
    Q: What’s the difference between Daniel Boyd and Blackwater’s Erik Prince?

    A: Prince worked on behalf of the U.S. government. Boyd is in jail.

    On Erik Prince:
    The accusations against Blackwater/Xe are stunning: fraud, multiple murders, child prostitution, executive sex rings, steroids, “hate” kills, weapons smuggling, etcA “MUST HEAR”, see Olbermann’s comments on Blackwater a

    A “MUST READ”, Jeremy Scahill’s account, US Still Paying Blackwater Millions, in The Nation:

    This case against Boyd is a “false flag” operation against innocent men who have strong religious views to take away US citizen rights guaranteed by the bill of rights about freedom of speech and gun ownership etc etc and to scare people –big time!
    Don’t be fooled! Know your constitutional rights!
    Search, Seek, Reflect, the truth will set you free….

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