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Feds search home of Holly Springs terror suspect

Posted September 25, 2009

— Federal agents and local police on Friday searched the Holly Springs home of a man charged in an alleged terrorism conspiracy.

Before his July arrest, Anes Subasic, 33, lived at 248 Adefield Lane in Holly Springs with his father, Dragan Subasic.

Agents spent about nine hours inside the home Friday, entering before 8 a.m. and leaving after 4:30 p.m. They removed several boxes of items, which Dragan Subasic said contained mostly books and papers.

Anes Subasic house in Holly Springs Agents comb through terror suspect's home

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice said information regarding the activity in and around the Subasic home Friday morning has been sealed by court order.

"'Search warrant. Police. Police.' He yelled it maybe three or four times and the guy came out, and after that it, was pretty uneventful," neighbor Matt Vaughn said. "It was just like you were watching '24' or something on TV. They jumped out of their cars, and they're like racing up to the guy's house, surrounding the house."

Neighbor Will Parker said he doesn't know the Subasics very well, but he called the search of the home "a sad day."

"It's a sad day for not only Holly Springs, but America," Parker said. "It's very unnerving. You don't know what your neighbors are doing from day to day, but you don't expect them to be suspected terrorists."

Anes Subasic was indicted in July with six other men on charges that they plotted to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas. Subasic, Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, his sons, Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, Hysen Sherifi, 24, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, and Ziyad Yaghi, 21, are being held without bond at a prison in Virginia.

An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, is believed to be in Pakistan.

Anes Subasic, 33, a Bosnian refugee and a naturalized U.S. citizen, faces one count each of conspiring to provide resources to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap and injure persons abroad.

Dragan Subasic, 62, emigrated from Bosnia to the U.S. 11 years ago in the aftermath of the country's civil war. He worked for Cardinal Health for a while but is now too ill to work.

He was arrested in 2002 on a charge of simple assault, but the charge was later dismissed, according to court records. He has two pending misdemeanor larceny charges from earlier this year, records show.

In an Aug. 10 bond hearing, the FBI presented evidence, including surveillance audio, that Anes Subasic associated with the suspected ringleader of the operation, Daniel Boyd. Prosecutors noted that Subasic attended a sniper training camp in Las Vegas that included instruction on how to escape captivity.

Anes Subasic’s attorney argued that his client was merely being polite in those conversations. "I felt like he was being polite but not necessarily agreeing with what Mr. Boyd said," defense attorney Keat Wiles said.

Wiles asked that his client be released into the custody of his father.

U.S. Magistrate William Webb denied the bond request, saying the federal government's evidence was too strong and agreed with the prosecution that, with a possible life sentence looming, the risk of flight is high.

Dragan Subasic said Friday that his son isn't a terrorist, adding that Anes Subasic didn't like Daniel Boyd or any of the others charged in the case.

On Thursday, authorities added charges of conspiring to kill military personnel in the U.S for Daniel Boyd and Sherifi. According to the latest indictment, Boyd scouted out the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., obtained maps of it and had armor-piercing ammunition "to attack the Americans."

In the superceding indictment, federal authorities said they plan to seize the Boyds' home in Willow Spring and the contents of three bank accounts, saying they were used to carry out the alleged crimes.

A trial in the case isn't expected to begin until late 2010, at the earliest. A federal judge has given prosecutors until Dec. 17 to declassify documents and other evidence they plan to use in the case so that defense attorneys can begin reviewing it and preparing their case.


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  • Professor Sep 25, 2009


  • I guess I will just type this Sep 25, 2009

    No one lied to me about the Patriot Act, I actually read it, well most of it. After my cousin was killed on 9/11/01, she was on the plane that hit the pentagon, I took a more informed, educated viewpoint on terrorism and what we were doing about it. I would think American citizens would feel their privacy is being invaded unnecessarily; and without a warrant it is illegal to tap calls, look at emails, invade privacy, etc; that is until the Patriot Act came along and circumvented the Constitution, due process, warrants, and basically our privacy. I'm all for finding terrorists and stopping them before they commit atrocities; but we still have laws in this country. It seems that everyone is scared, live in fear; media feeds these fears. A patriot is someone who stands up for freedom. The Patriot act takes away many of those guaranteed rights and freedoms. This is my opinion. No one lied to me. Have your own opinions. That's what makes this country great.

  • BubbaDuke Sep 25, 2009

    I'm just amazed that they catch so many terrorists before they're able to kill people. A big thank-you to our police, intelligence and military for protecting us as well as they do.

  • BULLDOZER Sep 25, 2009

    Right on!! Let's keep rounding them up. These "sleepers" are all around the country. Now is the time to be diligent, but these folks must receive due process. Let's not forget what these type of people did on 9/11 to our country.

  • lizard Sep 25, 2009


    Someone lied to you about the Patriot Act.

  • 2Leo Sep 25, 2009

    Bush did sign the Patriot Act, Congress passed it; but I think the Patriot Act is unconstitutional because it allows snooping by the government on private citizens without any valid reason or warrant.

    gees, would a valid reason to snoop be that we suspect you may be plotting to kill thousands of innocent people? Go Patriot Act!!!!

  • I guess I will just type this Sep 25, 2009

    I'm very confused. Someone said "you give up your rights when you inflict terror." In this country, you are innocent until proven guilty. This guy didn't "inflict" anything; he is charged, not found guilty yet. With this reasoning, if I yell "boo" and it scares you, am I not inflicting terror. Also by this reasoning, anyone who is charged with anything is automatically guilty and they give up their rights? What? In closing, Bush and/or Obama don't really have anything to do with this. Bush did sign the Patriot Act, Congress passed it; but I think the Patriot Act is unconstitutional because it allows snooping by the government on private citizens without any valid reason or warrant.

  • woodrowboyd2 Sep 25, 2009

    I would give obama credit but cant
    Theres nothing hes done that i know of that would have prevented this.

  • BottomLine Sep 25, 2009

    Excellent that this plot was thwarted. Scary that our existing president is planning to eliminate counter intelligence capabilities of our CIA to combat morons like this. When you inflict terror you surrendered your rights imo.

  • 2Leo Sep 25, 2009

    Exactly. Well said.
    Let's not forget that several other terrorist attempts were stopped recently....NYC (which was planned for 9/11..according to the article just posted) and the skyscraper in Dallas, TX. Let's not forget these extremists are still out there and hate the USA and what we stand for.