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Terror suspect: 'We were just blowing smoke'

Posted October 6, 2011
Updated October 7, 2011

— The son of the suspected ringleader of a local terror cell told jurors on Thursday that he never made nor heard of any agreement between any of the defendants to murder, kidnap or maim anyone.

Dylan "Mohammed" Boyd, 24, pleaded guilty last month to aiding and abetting a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. He will be sentenced later and faces up to 15 years in prison.

His father, the accused leader of the terrorist cell, Daniel Patrick Boyd, 41, pleaded guilty in February to charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country.

Dylan Boyd's brother, Zakariya Boyd, 22, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Dylan Boyd’s testimony came in the trial of three other men accused of taking part in a the terrorist cell led by Daniel Boyd.

Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 23, Ziyad Yaghi, 22, and Hysen Sherifi, 26, face multiple felony charges related to allegations they conspired to attack targets overseas. Sherifi also is accused of plotting an attack on the Marine base in Quantico, Va.

Dylan Boyd also testified that he never heard of an agreement to attack a U.S. military base in this country or overseas.Dylan Boyd described his father as a man with extremist views who threatened and put pressure on his children to share his values.

Triangle terror case: Yaghi, Sherifi, Hassan Terror suspect denies allegations

Boyd also testified that he felt Sherifi was "more inclined to engage in acts of violent jihad." Boyd said that because he, in a way, acted as a liaison between Sherifi and Daniel Boyd, it could have been seen as a conspiracy and therefore pleaded guilty.

On cross examination, Boyd said the men often spoke about religion, ideology and what good Muslims should do. He admitted jihad was sometimes discussed but there were never specific plans to act on it. He said there were just lots of "rhetoric, blowing smoke and efforts to impress each other."

Boyd testified that after the arrest, Hassan and Yaghi kept saying, "They can't prove it. They can't prove it." But, Boyd added, neither of them said, "I didn't do it."


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  • Tarheel born Oct 7, 2011

    Topassistant........thanks for the FYI...very interesting.

  • driverkid3 Oct 7, 2011

    Well, now they can blow smoke in prison for awhile. Let's see how they like that.

  • ncguy Oct 7, 2011

    Just like every other Muslim.

    Never tell authorities anything about another Muslim even though they discuss mass murder

  • TopAssistant Oct 7, 2011

    This is all about Shariah law and how they intend to conquer the world. Here is what the Ambassador to Tripoli told John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1786 when they asked him why his Islamic nation kept attacking our merchant ships.

    The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of their Prophet [Mohammed] – that it was written in their Koran that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners; that is was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners; and that every Musselman [Muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.
    Look up David Barton, WallBuilders newsletter, winter 2006, A Muslim Sworn Into Congress. History is just repeating itself.

  • pinehorse Oct 7, 2011

    Too funny. I've seen wanna-be athletes, wannna-be cops, and wanna-be politicians. First time I've ever seen a wanna-be Mohammed.

  • gellis005 Oct 7, 2011

    Blowing smoke alright. These folks have NO understanding of principles this country was founded on. They care nothing of you and me. Please put them away or send them to Mahaud or Hugo.

  • Hatchcover Oct 7, 2011

    Apple Dumpling Gang...

  • sammyg Oct 7, 2011

    Uh-huh, and where there's smoke there's fire!

  • iwannareply Oct 6, 2011

    I agree completely with the position of author/filmmaker Gregory Davis in: Religion of Peace? Islam's War with the World.

  • smegma Oct 6, 2011