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Security tight as Triangle terrorism trial begins

Posted September 19, 2011

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— Jury selection began Monday in the federal trial of three Triangle men accused of plotting terrorist attacks.

Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi and Hysen Sherifi 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.

A fourth defendant, Anes Subasic, has waived his right to an attorney and is representing himself. He will be tried following the conclusion of proceedings against the other three.

Security was tight at the federal courthouse in New Bern, where only one person was allowed inside at a time to go through screening. About a half-dozen people were at the courthouse to support the three defendants, who were shackled.

Prospective jurors answered questions about their background and knowledge of the case, and the defendants quietly took notes during the process.

Senior U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan said she expects the trial to last five weeks, noting dozens of witnesses from 16 states and the nations of Egypt and Jordan could be called to testify.

Accused ringleader Daniel Patrick Boyd 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. His sons, Dylan and Zakariya Boyd, have also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

A federal indictment unsealed in 2009 alleges that eight Triangle men raised money to buy assault weapons and conduct training exercises, and that they arranged overseas travel and contacts to help others carry out violent acts on behalf of a radical jihadist political agenda.

New Bern federal courthouse Jury selection begins in Triangle terror trial

The indictment paints Daniel Boyd, a drywall contractor from Willow Spring, as an experienced jihadist who traveled to Afghanistan in 1989 to join the fight against Soviet occupation. Prosecutors played audio tapes at a 2009 court hearing of Daniel Boyd talking about his disgust with the U.S. military, the honor of martyrdom and the need to protect Muslims.

The FBI said its 2009 search of Boyd's home turned up about two dozen guns and more than 27,000 rounds of ammunition. Authorities have previously said the men trained in the weeks leading up to their arrest, practicing military tactics with armor-piercing bullets in Caswell County.

Authorities believe another man charged in the case, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 22, is in Pakistan, although The Wall Street Journal recently reported that he was tied to a threatened terrorist attack in New York or Washington, D.C., on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

A ninth member of the group, Bajram Asllani, 30, was arrested in Kosovo last year, but the U.S. doesn't have an extradition treaty with that country.

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  • loprestw Sep 20, 2011

    1.5 million killed in Iraq, and believe me the world is a better place.

  • sas Sep 19, 2011

    Wow. Get your facts straight before deciding to write and publish an article. Hassan was not charged with conspiring to attack a marine corps base. Disgusting and lazy journalism. Way to go.

  • bigal02282 Sep 19, 2011

    So, they are finally getting around to putting our State Legislators on trial? It's about time! Those terrorists are ruining our way of life.....

  • pat7 Sep 19, 2011

    Sounds like Dillagaf if you think we started this, Your out of your mind, If you Sympathize with them go live in their country and support their cause,because they hate us,And if you dont think they do go to their homeland and tell them your a former us citizen see what that gets you, And go to the nice places to Helman provience ,

  • country4ever Sep 19, 2011

    "Kill 1-1.5 million people in Iraq with an unjustified war and we pat ourselves on the back as humanitarians. Folks like this come up with a plot to fight back, and the government labels them terrorists.

    Over in Libya we backed Al-Qaeda as the freedom fighters.

    http://www.infowars.com/west-point-terror-center-confirms-al-qaeda-in-libya/

    Interesting how the government definition shape shifts to fit their goal.

    People need to wake up to the double minded nature of what the US is doing to other countries."
    hbourne105

    Wow - I cannot believe someone actually made this comment...who are you behind??

  • tcndc2 Sep 19, 2011

    So what is the sentence for Daniel Boyd and his sons after they plead guilty? I hope they lock him up and throw away the key.

    AMEN

  • Henry Bourne Sep 19, 2011

    Kill 1-1.5 million people in Iraq with an unjustified war and we pat ourselves on the back as humanitarians. Folks like this come up with a plot to fight back, and the government labels them terrorists.

    Over in Libya we backed Al-Qaeda as the freedom fighters.

    http://www.infowars.com/west-point-terror-center-confirms-al-qaeda-in-libya/

    Interesting how the government definition shape shifts to fit their goal.

    People need to wake up to the double minded nature of what the US is doing to other countries.

  • Iworkforaliving Sep 19, 2011

    great, I'm "Set" to not care.

  • IAMAmerican Sep 19, 2011

    So what is the sentence for Daniel Boyd and his sons after they plead guilty? I hope they lock him up and throw away the key.

  • stwatson Sep 19, 2011

    I have no sympathy for these people. I hope they get the worst possible sentence within our judicial system and I hope their punishment is performed swiftly. These people make me sick.