Ziyad Yaghi: Guilty of Being Muslim in America
Ziyad guilty of praying to the wrong God.
by Stephen Lendman
Post-9/11, America declared war on Islam. Wars rage abroad. At home, innocent victims are wrongfully charged, prosecuted, convicted by intimidated and pressured juries, and imprisoned.
Ziyad's one of many hundreds serving long prison terms in America's gulag. His crime is being Muslim in America at the wrong time.
On July 27, 2009, dozens of heavily armed Swat and hostage rescue team members arrested seven North Carolina men on terrorist-related charges.
A same day Justice Department press release cited Daniel Patrick Boyd, his two sons, Zakariya and Dylan, Hysen Sherifi, Anes Subasic, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, and Ziyad Yaghi.
Charges claimed "conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, main and injure persons abroad," despite no plot, no crime, or intention to commit one.
Allegations only were provided. Precise details were omitted. Spurious accusations also suggested wanting to attack US Marines at Quantico, VA.
Earlier on July 22, a federal grand jury indictment listed seven counts. They included:
- "conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists;
- conspiracy to murder, kidnap, main, and injure persons in a foreign country;
- receiving a firearm through interstate commerce;
- possession of a firearm to be used for a crime of violence;
- selling or otherwise disposing of a firearm and ammunition to a person knowing and having reasonable cause to believe was convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;" and
- two counts of false statements.
At the time, US Attorney George EB Holding said:
"These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right her at home."
"Terrorists and their supporters are relentless and constant in their efforts to hurt and kill innocent people across the globe. We must be equally relentless and constant in our efforts to stop them."
On July 27, however, Department of Justice (DOJ) officials said the men weren't serious threats to US domestic or foreign interests. No evidence suggested ties to Al Qaeda or other militant groups.