August 10, 2009
The government case against the supposed jihadist Daniel Patrick Boyd in North Carolina is falling apart. It looks like Boyd is a blowhard that was not affiliated with jihadists organized and funded by the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI.
|An undated photo of Daniel Patrick Boyd provided by the Department of Justice.|
“Daniel Patrick Boyd used tales of fighting the Soviets alongside the mujahedeen to recruit followers into a North Carolina terrorism ring, authorities believe, and U.S. officials who were in Pakistan at the time doubt his stories,” reports the Associated Press. “The former officials questioned whether Boyd, 39, had any affiliation with the Islamic guerrillas, noting the Soviets had all but left Afghanistan by the time the young, blond Muslim convert arrived from America two decades ago.”
The government’s case against Boyd and seven other people described as “followers” of the North Carolina drywall contractor and Muslim convert hinges on the outlandish stories. The indictment claims some of the men were training in military-style tactics and that all were plotting to kill, kidnap and maim as part of holy war.
The feds, however, say it does not matter if Boyd actually fought with the CIA-ISI force in Afghanistan. Authorities claim he was preparing for violent jihad and found more than two dozen weapons, a stockpile of ammunition and gas masks at his house, items that are not illegal. The Second Amendment does not put a number on how many firearms a person can own or how much ammunition he can stockpile.
It appears the government case is based solely on Boyd’s wild imagination. He was secretly taped talking about “hitting the Wells Fargo trucks and banks” and claiming the financial system was the main ammunition of the “Kuffar,” an Arabic word for nonbelievers. “We must be ready for the sake of Allah,” he said.
“It was at least a mile away from me, and that explosion filled the horizon,” Boyd said in the recording, talking about an ammunition plane crash in Khost, Afghanistan. “Boooom. And I’m like, ‘God almighty, Allahu Akbar.’ The whole mountain just let loose on some tracer ammunition. ‘Allahu Akbar.’ It took ’em down. That was something to be proud of. I was high, high, high. Yeah, that was something.”
[efoods]Intelligence officials told AP there was indeed a mujahideen siege of Khost at the time, but they did not recall an ammunition plane crashing.
The deputy chief of the mission for the U.S. embassy in Islamabad told the AP it was unlikely Boyd was associated with CIA-ISI connected terrorism. Elizabeth Jones was involved in trying to free the Boyd clan in Pakistan. In 1991, Boyd was arrested in Pakistan and accused of bank robbery. A Pakistani court sentenced Boyd and his brother Charles to have a hand and foot chopped off under Islamic law, but those types of punishments are rarely enforced. Jones said she never received any information that they had been involved with any mujahedeen group. “It’s fairly unlikely, if you ask me,” Jones said. “I would have heard about it at the time. If there was any concern about his associations, we would have known about it.”
Jones said if anything Boyd is guilty of having an active imagination.
Former CIA officer Milton Bearden also doubts Boyd’s outlandish stories. He noted that Boyd was in Pakistan in October, 1989, more than a year after the Soviets started withdrawing officially on May 15, 1988, after the Geneva Accords were signed. The withdrawal ended Feb. 15, 1989. “It makes no sense that a 19-year-old American shows up to train for a fight that’s over,” Bearden said. “There were some major battles in 1988 when the Soviets did major sweeps in the east and even in the south, but 23-day battles don’t make any sense. And besides, a 23-day battle at a training camp doesn’t make any sense. None of this is calibrating.”
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Lester W. Grau, who co-authored a book about the mujahedeen fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, also questioned Boyd’s story.
The feds are desperate to create the myth of a “white al-Qaeda” and hype an imaginary domestic threat. The cobbled together case against Daniel Patrick Boyd reveals that the supposed domestic Islamic terror threat against the United States is an absurd fabrication manufactured by the government.
It is not Islamic terrorists the government plans to go after, but rather “rightwing extremists,” that is to say Americans who support the Second Amendment, are opposed to abortion, illegal immigration, and believe the federal government is a tyrannical and intrusive force. The case against Boyd is an effort to establish a domestic terror link and conflate Islamic terrorism with the patriot movement.