Daniel Patrick Boyd.
Sabrina Boyd, whose husband and two sons are among the seven who have been arrested says in a statement read at this press conference:
The charges have not been substantiated. We are an ordinary family. We have a right to justice, and believe that justice will prevail. We are decent people who care about other human beings. Just because something is said in the media does not make it so. I have raised my sons to be good people, and we are a good family.
Indictments always seem factual, and their appearance, but to rush to judgment is not a part of the process. And we kindly ask for our right to defense on the charges alleged on our family.
Spokesperson described Sabrina Boyd’s concerns further:
The news has repeatedly spoken about her husband’s time in Afghanistan. He was there fighting against the Soviets with the full backing of the United States government. She does not want Afghanistan to be used to connect him with any kind of terrorism.
In the subsequent Q and A with reporters, the spokesperson, who knows the Boyd family is asked a series of insinuating questions about Boyd’s beliefs (”Were you surprised?”), and about the allegation in the indictment that Boyd believed it was his religious obligation to engage in violence. The spokes person flat-out reject the assertion, saying that “there is no Islamic leader and no Islamic community in this country that would back that.” The government and media are also playing up Boyd’s opposition to US government policy in Afghanistan, and to the Israeli occupation. By the standard of being troubled by US government policies in these places, I’m a suspect! Message to US Muslims: STFU.
The spokesperson also refuted as untrue the allegation of the US attorney that Boyd had stopped attending Friday prayer to hold meetings in his home instead because he differed with the moderates in his local mosque. Boyd and his family never stopped attending Jumaah at local mosques.
There’s also a news report from one of the local TV stations, “Accused terrorist led contradictory life,” that begins with the classic crime story cliche, “Neighbors say he was a quiet man.” It’s interesting to watch this after watching the full video of the news conference to see what actually made it onto the 6 o’clock news…
More info here on the case:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090729/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_american_b...