Court urged to deny bail to accused in US terror case

RALEIGH, Rick Mercier - US federal authorities urged a court here Tuesday to deny bail to seven accused "homegrown" terrorists, playing a recording of the group's leader saying he loved "to fight for jihad."
"I think that all of them are risks of flight," said special agent Michael Sutton, who oversaw the four-year investigation that led to the July 27 arrest of Daniel Patrick Boyd, his two sons and four other persons.
The seven have been charged with conspiring to murder, kidnap or injure people abroad, and with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists.

Court urged to deny bail to accused in US terror case
Boyd was portrayed at the hearing as the ringleader of a group capable of carrying out violent acts in the United States.
Sutton cited an electronically-monitored conversation in which Boyd allegedly said: "If I don't leave this country soon, I'm going to make jihad right here in America."
Federal prosecutors played several recordings of Boyd talking with an unnamed witness and with alleged co-conspirators, including two of his sons, Dylan and Zakariya Boyd.
In several of the recordings, Boyd could be heard exhorting others present to defend Islam, saying the faith "must be protected at all costs and by all means."
"I love to stand there and fight for the sake of Allah," Boyd said in one recording. He told alleged co-conspirators that martyrs who defend the faith would be forgiven their sins.
"All of their sins are forgiven from the first drop of their blood," Boyd said.
The suspects are not alleged to have plotted attacks inside the United States, but are accused of trying to enter Israel in June 2007 to carry out acts of violence.
The other Americans charged besides the Boyds were Anes Subasic, 33; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22; and Ziyad Yaghi, 21. Another defendant, Hysen Sherifi, 24, was a native of Kosovo and was living in the United States legally.
Under federal anti-terrorism law, all of the suspects are presumed to pose a risk of flight, but they are entitled to offer rebuttals arguing for their release on bond.
In a raid on Boyd's suburban home last month, authorities found numerous handguns and assault rifles in both his house and his truck.
They also recovered more than 27,000 rounds of ammunition, including bullets that can pierce body armor typically worn by law enforcement. However, neither the weapons nor ammunition were illegally obtained, prosecutors acknowledged.
Authorities also found 13,000 dollars in cash at the Boyd home. The prosecutors alleged that the suspects amassed tens of thousands of dollars over the past several years to travel overseas and plan violent acts.
Special agent Sutton said Boyd told investigators he fought in Afghanistan against the former Soviet Union between 1989 and 1992, and conducted military tactics training in the 1980s at a Boy Scout camp in Connecticut that could be rented for private use.
He used those experiences to gain credibility with his co-conspirators, and used speeches and written messages "to encourage individuals to engage in violent acts," Sutton said.

Tuesday, August 4th 2009
Rick Mercier

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