NC terrorist ring busted – thanks again, President Bush!

Posted by: ST on July 28, 2009 at 7:43 pm

The NYT reports that the 7 – count ’em – 7 suspected terrorists who were arrested and charged this week in North Carolina with “providing material support to terrorists and planning terror attacks” had been under surveillance for three years:

The F.B.I. watched Daniel Patrick Boyd for three years as he stockpiled rifles and revolvers, trained accomplices including his two sons, and planned to commit terrorist attacks overseas, before agents arrested the group in coordinated raids on Monday afternoon, according to a federal indictment filed in the case.

Mr. Boyd, his sons and four other men were charged with providing material support to terrorists and planning terror attacks. They apparently did not succeed in carrying out any attacks. An eighth man was still being sought in the case, according to a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors in Raleigh, N.C.; The Associated Press reported that he may be in Pakistan.

More than 100 law enforcement officials, including four S.W.A.T. teams and a hostage rescue team from Quantico, Va., stormed several homes in arresting the seven suspects on Monday afternoon, according to an F.B.I. spokeswoman, Amy Thoreson. “With what they are accused of planning, we wanted to take every precaution,” she said.

Detention hearings are scheduled for the men on Thursday, Ms. Thoreson said. The location where they are being held was not disclosed.

Besides Mr. Boyd, who is 39, the indictment names his sons Zakariya, 20, and Dylan, 22; Anes Subasic, 33; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22; Ziyad Yaghi, 21; and Hysen Sherifi, 24. All are American citizens except Mr. Sherifi, who is from Kosovo and has legal residence in the United States.

The North Carolina arrests, which stunned many residents of Johnston County in suburban Raleigh, were the latest in a series of efforts break up homegrown terrorists cells after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, from Lackawanna, N.Y. to Miami.

The federal indictment suggested that religious extremism was the motive for the planned terrorist activities, and that the defendants prepared to die as martyrs in suicide attacks. Mr. Boyd, the son of a United States Marine, is a convert to Islam, and received training from Islamic radicals in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the indictment said; the other suspects are all Muslims.

Robert Spencer has the detailed DOJ press release detailing the indictments. Rusty Shackleford has much more, including more details on on the suspects, as well as information on the 8th suspected terrorist, who is believed to be in Pakistan.

Once again – as we have many times before – Bush-era counterterrorism policies have, and are continuing to, kept Americans safe. Thanks, Mr. Prez.

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10 Responses to “NC terrorist ring busted – thanks again, President Bush!”


  1. So that’s why you’ve had so many open threads lately: you’ve been leading the investigation, haven’t you?

    Agent ST, on the case. b-)

  2. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone :D

  3. KingShamus says:


    Yeah, we wouldn’t want to remind people that terrorist dirtbags are still doing everything they can to kill us.

  4. Donna J says:

    The folks I know in Johnston County could have taken these terrorist scum out without the aid of four SWAT teams! Lots of bitter clingers down there :d

  5. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Was this a “domestic contingency operation” trying to prevent a “man-made disaster”?

  6. Steve Skubinna says:

    Religious motivation? See, and this is exactly why we must come down hard on these radical Christianists! Every day we delay is another day for them to spread their bitter racist hatred of… of… ummm…

    Never mind. But just because I’m not exactly, precisely 100% correct in this case doesn’t invalidate the narrative. Remember what Evan Thomas had to say about facts vs. narrative?

    Narrative rules, baby! You can always disprove a fact, but the narrative endures forever.

  7. Carlos says:

    Wait! I’m confused. Obama says he “inherited” this economic mess from GW, but now he’s going to take credit for busting up this murder plot (the plotters, of course, being from the “religion of peace)?

    Can someone please tell me the difference, when the jackasses laid the groundwork for the economic disaster but the Repubs did the grunt work on this bust?

  8. Brontefan says:

    Easy. . . if when you poll, the idea scores high on the positive—credit goes to the Dems. If it scores low on the negative –it must be a Republican idea.

  9. Rob says:

    Of course the story may help Ms Napolitano if she may
    want to stop right wing “extremist” training camps like front sight, gunsite…. many more. You know ones training people who don’t like paying taxes, may be military veterans or anti-abortion, anti illegal immigration, people saying they believe in the US constitution, all their unwashed ilk;)

  10. Kate says:

    Such a shame…and he was such a nice guy (according to people around him)….can anyone say “MOLE”? Of course he would be keeping a low profile if his agenda was to wage war against us?

    Has anyone heard the squeaking of the peace religion about this issue…it is laughable.