The FBI announced the arrest of 7 North Carolina men in connection with conspiracy charges related to alleged jihadist activities. According to the press release available on the Charlotte, North Carolina, FBI website, Daniel Patrick Boyd, as well as two of his sons and four others were arrested yesterday. The charges against Daniel Patrick Boyd and the 6 other men stem from an alleged conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
Daniel Patrick Boyd and alleged jihadist activity prior to 9/11
The press release contains some interesting information about Daniel Patrick Boyd and his alleged jihadist activities prior to September 11, 2001. According to the press release, “”The indictment alleges that Daniel Boyd is a veteran of terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan who, over the past three years, has conspired with others in this country to recruit and help young men travel overseas in order to kill.” As far back as 1989, the Feds allege that Daniel Patrick Boyd traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan where he acquired training in waging jihad. The Feds allege that Daniel Patrick Boyd received training specifically at terrorist training camps in the two countries.
It is disturbing to note that Mr. Boyd was in training to help our enemy well in advance of the horrific events of September 11, 2001. Arrested with Boyd were two of his sons, Dylan Boyd, age 22 and Zakariya Boyd, age 20. Both sons would have very young during the time that their father was training for jihad in the late 1990s. The indictment alleges that Daniel Boyd and several others engaged in military style training at property situated in Caswell County, North Carolina in June and July 2009, cementing the notion that Daniel Patrick Boyd has long espoused a jihadist mindset.
Daniel Patrick Boyd: alleged home grown terrorist?
The Federal indictment alleges that Daniel Patrick Boyd offered material support and supplies to terrorists from November 2006 through July 2009 by providing money, training and other resources to terrorists. Mr. Boyd and the other co-conspirators lived in North Carolina while supporting terrorist efforts abroad. The indictment alleges that Daniel Patrick Boyd even went so far as to solicit funding from others to finance others’ training in terrorist camps in other countries. In 2007, it is alleged that Boyd and others traveled to Israel bent on waging jihad. Their efforts failed and they ultimately returned to the United States. The indictment against Daniel Patrick Boyd includes, inter alia, making two false statements to the FBI regarding his activities and who he met with during that trip to Israel.