US terror suspects hearing begins

Daniel Boyd

Mr Boyd, officials say, encouraged his two sons to fight violent jihad

Seven men from the US state of North Carolina charged with plotting terror attacks in Israel and Jordan have been in court for a detention hearing.

The men are accused of conspiring to kill, kidnap and maim, but not of carrying out actual attacks.

Prosecutors say the alleged ringleader, Daniel Boyd, 39, trained in Afghanistan and fought there between 1989 and 1992.

Officials have also revealed that they are looking for an eighth suspect, who went missing in Pakistan last year.

‘Military training’

The indictment against Mr Boyd accuses him of organising training and fundraising for overseas terrorist operations.

He even recruited his own two sons to his organisation, prosecutors allege.

Tuesday’s court hearing is being held to determine whether the US can continue to hold the men while they await trial.

Over the past three years, [Daniel Boyd] has conspired with others in this country to recruit and help young men travel overseas in order to kill
David Kris US Department of Justice

At the hearing, prosecutors played a recording of Mr Boyd apparently telling his family that “Muslims must be protected at all costs”.

The indictment says he is a veteran of training camps for militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Over the past three years, [he] has conspired with others in this country to recruit and help young men travel overseas in order to kill,” said David Kris, of the US Department of Justice.

According to the indictment, from late 2006 until July 2009, Mr Boyd and the other defendants engaged in a conspiracy to advance violent jihad abroad.

They arranged weapons training, funding and travel for others who wished to fight overseas, the indictment says.

It does not describe any specific attack plans, but says Mr Boyd and several other defendants travelled to Israel in June 2007 in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to engage in violent jihad.

Another defendant, Ziyad Yaghi, 21, is said to have travelled to Jordan in October 2006 to commit violent acts.

According to prosecutors, the defendants practised military tactics in North Carolina in June and July 2009.

There has been no reported response from the defendants.


On Monday, officials announced that they were looking for an eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mr Mohammed was arrested in Pakistan in October 2008 after trying to enter a part of the country that is dominated by militants and off-limits to foreigners.

He was charged with weapons possession, but disappeared after being granted bail.

Officials said Mr Mohammed was also involved in Mr Boyd’s operation.

The North Carolina case is not the first of its kind in the US. In May this year, five men were convicted of conspiring to blow up the Sears tower in Chicago.

In January 2008, Muslim convert Jose Padilla was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for plotting to kill people overseas and of supporting terrorism.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/08/04 17:09:08 GMT


One thought on “US terror suspects hearing begins

  1. Family, friends, neighbors, associates and acquaintances all testify to the upright character of these men, and especially the repeated news items witnessing the decent morals and manners of Daniel Boyd, for all those that are following this story in depth, and not sucked into the vortex of corporate sensationalism and the bogus indictments making mountains out of molehills.
    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???????!!!!!!!!

    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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