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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Is this the face of a moslem terrorist?

Here is a link to the story on this guy.

This article starts out looking like it's going to be a hit piece on "right wing extremists".

WASHINGTON — Antiterrorism officials are increasingly concerned about American-bred extremists who travel abroad for terror training and then return home, sometimes quietly recruiting followers over the years.

Federal authorities have issued a bulletin to law enforcement agencies around the country on the heels of the arrest Monday in North Carolina of a man whose devotion to the cause of violent jihad allegedly began 20 years ago.

The internal bulletin — reviewed by The Associated Press — says the FBI and the Homeland Security Department are very worried about the danger posed by little-noticed Americans traveling abroad to learn terrorism techniques, then coming back to the United States, where they may be dormant for long periods of time while they look for followers to recruit for future attacks.

Finally we get to the meat of the article:
Six other suspects — including Boyd's two sons — were also charged in what prosecutors say was a long-running conspiracy to train for violence and then fight overseas.
From the article:
Boyd and the others arrested Monday are not charged with planning attacks in the United States. Prosecutors say the seven men repeatedly traveled overseas hoping to engage in violence, and trained in military tactics at a private property in North Carolina.
and a little more:

In 1991, Boyd and his brother were convicted of bank robbery in Pakistan. They were also accused of carrying identification showing they belonged to the radical Afghan guerrilla group, Hezb-e-Islami, or Party of Islam. Each was sentenced to have a foot and a hand cut off for the robbery, but the decision was later overturned.

Their wives told The Associated Press in an interview at the time that the couples had U.S. roots but the United States was a country of "kafirs" — Arabic for heathens.

Sabrina Boyd said in her statement that her husband was in Afghanistan fighting against the Soviet Union "with the full backing of the United States government."

This makes me wonder just what is going on. Is the guy really a member of the ROP? If so, was he really acting as a sort of mercenary back when the USSR was still in Afghanistan? I wonder how many "foot and hand chopping off" sentances are overturned in Pakistan?

Some more cases mentioned in the article:

Just a week ago, federal prosecutors revealed they had in custody an American, Bryant Neal Vinas, who was raised on Long Island, N.Y., converted to Islam and traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan to train alongside senior al-Qaida operatives.

And on Monday, a Virginia man was sentenced to life in prison for joining Al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Authorities say he joined Al Qaeda while attending college in Saudi Arabia.

These last two cases scare me more than Mr. Boyd. Boyd was supposedly going to fight somewhere overseas. I don't know what cause he was supporting or opposing but at least it was over there. It sounds to me like these other two intended to do harm in the US.

The common thread is Islam. Even Fox doesn't seem to want to bring that up.

1 comment:

Dragon said...

I learned a long time ago to question authority...especially when they "Label" someone


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