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Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« on: January 25, 2009, 05:03:09 pm »
This is one of the stranger stories in the 9/11 opus. Aafia Siddiqui Al-Qaeda/CIA sleeper

She is now in-competent to stand trial after being tortured (to keep quiet)?

http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=riggs_bank

http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a0901siddiqui#a0901siddiqui

1986-1993: CIA and Bin Laden Both Closely Tied to Recruiting and Fund-raising Office for Afghanistan

April 1993-Mid-2003: FBI Slow to Act as Main Branch of Al-Qaeda’s ‘Operational Headquarters’ in US Reforms in Boston

The Al-Kifah Refugee Center is bin Laden’s largest fundraising group in the US and has offices in many cities (see 1986-1993 and 1985-1989). Counterterrorism expert Steven Emerson will later call it “al-Qaeda’s operational headquarters in the United States.” [Emerson, 2006, pp. 436] In late March 1993, Newsweek will report that “virtually every principal figure implicated in the World Trade Center bombing” that took place the month before (see February 26, 1993) has a connection to the Al-Kifah branch in Brooklyn, New York. [Newsweek, 3/29/1993] The Brooklyn branch quietly shuts itself down.

But other branches stay open (see Shortly After February 26, 1993-1994) and the Boston branch appears to take over for the Brooklyn branch. In April 1993, it reincorporates under the new name Care International (which is not connected with a large US charity based in Atlanta with the same name). Emerson will later comment, “The continuity between the two organizations was obvious to anyone who scratched the surface.” For instance, Care takes over the publication of Al-Kifah’s pro-jihad newsletter, Al Hussam. [Emerson, 2006, pp. 437] It also shares the same website and street address as the Al-Kifah Boston branch it took over. [Wall Street Journal, 11/21/2001] By the time of the WTC bombing, Al-Kifah is doing most of its fund raising for the mujaheddin fighting in Bosnia. For instance, one month after the bombing, a member of Al-Kifah/Care in Boston named Aafia Siddiqui sends Muslims newsgroups an e-mail pledge form asking for support for Bosnian widows and orphans. Siddiqui, a university student in Boston for most of the 1990s, is well known to Boston’s Muslim community as a dedicated Islamic activist. One imam will later recall, “She attended many conferences. Whenever there was an event, she would come.” But it appears Siddiqui is also a prominent al-Qaeda operative, working as a “fixer” for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Despite considerable suspicious evidence against her discovered shortly after 9/11, she will disappear in Pakistan in 2003 (see Late September 2001-March 2003). [Vanity Fair, 3/2005] Two long-time Care employees are also be long-time employees of Ptech, a Boston-based computer firm formed in 1994 that will be raided in 2002 by the FBI for suspected radical militant ties. One of them writes many articles advocating Islamic jihad (see 1994). Emerson and his Investigative Project on Terrorism research team begins researching Care International in 1993, targeting it and several employees for suspected radical militant ties. The team discovers some checks made out to Care have notations on the back such as, “For jihad only.” [Telegram and Gazette, 9/11/2006] Presumably Emerson’s team shares what they learn with US intelligence, as his research on other matters lead to US government investigations around the same time (see for instance October 1994-2001). Al-Kifah branches in the US are connected to the charity Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK) overseas, which is also sometimes called Al-Kifah. In 1996, a secret CIA report will assert that the main MAK office in Pakistan funds at least nine militant training camps in Afghanistan and has ties to bin Laden and other militant groups and leaders. Furthermore, it connects this office to the Al-Kifah office in Brooklyn and the 1993 WTC bomber Ramzi Yousef (see January 1996).

But the FBI takes no action against any of the remaining Al-Kifah branches in the US before 9/11. The US will officially declare Al-Kifah and/or Maktab al-Khidamat a terrorist financier shortly after 9/11, but by then all the US branches have closed or changed their names (see September 24, 2001). One day after the declaration, a Boston Globe article will make the connection between Care and Al-Kifah, pointing out that Care and the old Al-Kifah branch in Boston share the exact same address. [Boston Globe, 9/26/2001] But the FBI will wait until 2003 before raiding the Care offices and shutting it down. The FBI will later state that Care raised about $1.7 million from 1993 to 2003. [Telegram and Gazette, 9/11/2006] Al-Kifah has had a murky connection with the CIA, at least in its early days. Shortly after 9/11, Newsweek will comment that Al-Kifah’s Brooklyn office “doubled as a recruiting post for the CIA seeking to steer fresh troops to the mujahedin.” [Newsweek, 10/1/2001]

Late September 2001-March 2003: US Intelligence Fails to Catch Apparent Al-Qaeda Sleeper Agent with Ties to Saudi Embassy, KSM, and CIA Charity Front


In 1993, the Al-Kifah Refugee Center in Brooklyn, New York, disbanded after media reports revealed that it had ties to all of the 1993 WTC bombers as well as the CIA (see 1986-1993), but it quickly reappeared in Boston under the new name Care International. Counterterrorism expert Steven Emerson had warned the government of the name change since 1993 (see April 1993-Mid-2003). But apparently US investigators only start looking closely at Care International shortly after 9/11, when the FBI interviews several current and former employees.

Around the same time, the Fleet National Bank in Boston files a “suspicious-activity report” (SARS) with the US Treasury Department about wire transfers from the Saudi Embassy in Washington to Aafia Siddiqui, a long-time member of the Al-Kifah Refugee Center and then Care International, and her husband Dr. Mohammed Amjad Khan. Fleet National Bank investigators discover that one account used by the Boston-area couple shows repeated on-line credit card purchases from stores that “specialize in high-tech military equipment and apparel.” Khan purchased body armor, night-vision goggles, and military manuals, and then sent them to Pakistan. The bank also investigates two transfers totaling $70,000 sent on the same day from the Saudi Armed Forces Account used by the Saudi Embassy at the Riggs Bank in Washington to two Saudi nationals living in Boston. One of the Saudis involved in the transfers lists the same Boston apartment number as Siddiqui’s. The bank then notices that Siddiqui regularly gives money to the Benevolence International Foundation, which will soon be shut down for al-alleged Qaeda ties. They also discover her connection to Al-Kifah. The bank then notices Siddiqui making an $8,000 international wire transfer on December 21, 2001, to Habib Bank Ltd., “a big Pakistani financial institution that has long been scrutinized by US intelligence officials monitoring terrorist money flows.” [Newsweek, 4/7/2003] In April or May 2002, the FBI questions Siddiqui and Khan for the first time and asks them about their purchases. [Boston Globe, 9/22/2006] But the two don’t seem dangerous, as Siddiqui is a neuroscientist who received a PhD and studied at MIT, while Khan is a medical doctor. Plus they have two young children and Siddiqui is pregnant. There are no reports of US intelligence tracking them or watch listing them. Their whole family moves to Pakistan on June 26, 2002, but then Siddiqui and Khan get divorced soon thereafter.

 Siddiqui comes back to the US briefly by herself from December 25, 2002, to January 2, 2003.

On March 1, 2003, Pakistan announces that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) has been captured (see March 1, 2003). Some days later, Siddiqui drives away from a family house in Pakistan and disappears.

 Some later media reports will claim that she is soon arrested by Pakistani agents but other reports will deny it.

 Reportedly, KSM quickly confesses and mentions her name as an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, working as a “fixer” for other operatives coming to the US. On March 18, the FBI puts out a worldwide alert for Siddiqui and her ex-husband Khan, but Khan has completely disappeared as well.

Siddiqui will be arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 (see July 17, 2008). [Vanity Fair, 3/2005]

The CIA will later report that Ali Abdul Aziz Ali (a.k.a. Ammar al-Baluchi), a nephew of KSM and a reputed financier of the 9/11 attacks, married Siddiqui not long before her disappearance.

Furthermore, in 2002 he ordered Siddiqui to help get travel documents for Majid Kahn (no relation to Siddiqui’s first husband), who intended to blow up gas stations and bridges or poison reservoirs in the US.

 It will also be alleged that Siddiqui bought diamonds in Africa for al-Qaeda in the months before 9/11. [Boston Globe, 9/22/2006]

The Saudi Embassy will later claim that the wire transfers connected to Siddiqui were for medical assistance only and the embassy had no reason to believe at the time that anyone involved had any connection to militant activity. [Newsweek, 4/7/2003]

Although Siddiqui seems to have ties with two key figures in the 9/11 plot and was living in Boston the entire time some 9/11 hijackers stayed there, there are no known links between her and any of the hijackers.

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Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) is reportedly arrested in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. [Associated Press, 3/1/2003]


July 17, 2008: Alleged Female Al-Qaeda Sleeper Agent Arrested in Afghanistan

Aafia Siddiqui, a female Pakistani neuroscientist and alleged al-Qaeda operative, is arrested by Afghan police in the town of Ghazni, Afghanistan. Police reportedly also find bomb-making instructions, substances in bottles and jars, and papers describing US landmarks. There are conflicting accounts about what happens next:
US Government's Version - The next day, a group of US agents come to visit her, but she is being held unsecured in a room, hiding behind a curtain. One of the US agents puts his rifle down. She allegedly picks up the rifle to shoot at the group. She shoots twice and misses, while a US agent shoots back and hits her at least once. [CNN, 8/4/2008; Reuters, 8/5/2008]

Afghan Police Version - According to Reuters, “Afghan police in Ghazni however, [tell] a different story.” They claim that they find Siddiqui in Ghazni after reports of her behaving suspiciously. They find maps of the town, including one of the governor’s house, and arrest her and a teenage boy. US troops then request that she be handed over to them, but Afghan police refuse, according to a senior police officer there. US soldiers then disarm the Afghan police at which point Siddiqui approaches the US soldiers complaining of mistreatment by the police. The US soldiers, under the impression that she could have explosives and would attack them as a suicide bomber, shoot her and take her away. The boy remains in Afghan police custody. [Reuters, 8/5/2008]

She is extradited to the US a couple of weeks later, where she is due to stand trial for attempting to murder the US agents. Siddiqui had lived and studied in the US for many years. She was in Pakistan in March 2003 when it was announced that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed had been arrested. She disappeared several days later (see Late September 2001-March 2003). The FBI issued an alert for her arrest, alleging that she had been an al-Qaeda sleeper agent in the US. There has been speculation that she had been secretly arrested by the US or Pakistan, and what happened to her since 2003 still remains a mystery. [CNN, 8/4/2008]


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article4467148.ece
August 6, 2008
'Al-Qaeda woman' Aafia Siddiqui' in court on attempted murder charge

An American-educated neuroscientist who is the only woman accused of working for al-Qaeda’s top leadership appeared in court in New York last night after her capture in Afghanistan.

The US Government alleges that Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani mother of three with a biology degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in behavioural neuroscience from Brandeis University, near Boston, is married to the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man who claims to have organised the September 11 terror attacks in 2001.

She is charged with attempted murder and assault for allegedly trying to kill an American interrogator in a gun battle after she was arrested outside an Afghan government compound with a handbag full of chemicals and information on chemical, biological and radiological weapons, as well as descriptions of “various landmarks” in the United States.


Her trial should shed light on the mystery surrounding her disappearance with her children from the Pakistani city of Karachi in 2003. Her family claimed that she was abducted and imprisoned in a secret US detention centre. Six human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have listed her as a possible “secret detainee”.

“What a mockery that after five years in detention Aafia is suddenly discovered in Afghanistan,” her younger sister, Fauzia Siddiqui, a doctor, told a news conference in Karachi yesterday. “Aafia was tortured for five years until one day US authorities announce that they have found her in Afghanistan, which shows how they abused their power and tortured an innocent woman without committing any crime.”

US officials insisted that they had no knowledge of her whereabouts until she was arrested by Afghan police for acting suspiciously outside the governor’s compound in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on July 17. They said that Ms Siddiqui was with a teenage boy at the time.

Prosecutors said that numerous documents were found in her handbag about “the creation of explosives, chemical weapons and other weapons”. Ms Siddiqui is also alleged to have had descriptions of landmarks in the US, documents about US military assets and excerpts from The Anarchist Arsenal.

Two FBI agents escorted by US soldiers interrogated her the following day. The soldiers were unaware that she was being held behind a curtain and a warrant officer put his M4 rifle on the ground.

Ms Siddiqui allegedly grabbed the rifle and fired two shots at a US army captain but an interpreter pushed the gun away as she fired. As the soldiers returned fire, she was hit at least once. “The warrant officer saw and heard Siddiqui fire at least two shots as Interpreter 1 tried to wrestle the gun from her. No one was hit,” the criminal complaint says. “The warrant officer heard Siddiqui exclaim, ‘Allah akbar!’ Another interpreter heard Siddiqui yell in English, ‘Get the f*** out of here!’ as she fired the rifle.”

A slight woman, Ms Siddiqui walked gingerly into court last night with her head wrapped in a scarf. “She is shot. She is in pain. We were able to look at the dressing. You can see it’s stained and oozing,” said Elizabeth Fink, her court-appointed lawyer.

Ms Siddiqui, 36, shook her head as the judge read the allegations about her trying to shoot a soldier. Her lawyer asked for the case to be dismissed.

“I think its ridiculous,” Ms Fink said. “You tell me you can put down an M4 rifle right by your foot and this 90lb \ woman is behind the curtain and you do not realise until the rifle is in her hand,” she said.

The US Government named Ms Siddiqui in 2004 as one of seven suspected al-Qaeda associates feared to be planning an attack. Washington said, however, that it had no information linking her to any specific terror attack and that she had not been charged with any terrorist offences.

Ms Siddiqui is one of three children of Mohammed Siddiqui, a British-trained Pakistani doctor. She moved to the US from Pakistan in 1990 to live with her brother, an architect, and study. While at university she raised money for charitable Islamic causes such as widows and orphans in Bosnia.

After completing her doctoral thesis she married a Pakistani anaesthesiologist and lived in a flat in Boston that also served as the headquarters of an Islamic charity called the Institute of Islamic Research and Teaching. In 2002 the couple were questioned by the FBI after Ms Siddiqui’s husband allegedly purchased night-vision goggles and body armour on the internet. Within months the couple moved back to Pakistan but soon separated.

The US alleged that Ms Siddiqui has links to at least two of the 14 high-level al-Qaeda suspects who were moved to Guantanamo in September 2006. American prosecutors said that Ms Siddiqui opened a post office box in Maryland for Majid Khan, a former Baltimore resident now being held at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay.

Ms Siddiqui later married Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, known as Ammar alBaluchi, a nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and a cousin of Ramzi Yousef, who was convicted of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York.

Ms Siddiqui faces up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted. The judge set a bail hearing for Monday.

http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=6275546

Terrorism Suspect Aafia Siddiqui Unfit for Trial
Judge Slates Hearing After Report That Former MIT Student Not Mentally Competent
By JASON RYAN
Nov. 18, 2008

A federal mental health examination has determined that terrorism suspect Aafia Siddiqui is mentally unfit for trial, according to a court order issued Monday.


Siddiqui was taken into custody following her July capture in Afghanistan and extradited to New York in August on charges of attempted murder following a shootout with security personnel who were questioning her.

Siddiqui was wanted by the FBI as far back as 2004 for her alleged connections to al Qaeda. The indictment charges that when Siddiqui, a former MIT student, was detained by Afghan National Police, she was in possession of a document which mentioned, "Mass Casualty Attack" and listed various landmarks in New York, including Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty.

She had allegedly been involved in planning attacks and recruiting, according to the FBI. During an August 2004 press conference, FBI Director Robert Mueller said, "Aafia Siddiqui is an al Qaeda operative and facilitator, she attended colleges in the Boston area, and is believed to have left Boston in January of 2003."

There have been allegations that Siddiqui has been mistreated while in custody. Some human rights groups have alleged that she was detained for years overseas in various secret sites for high-value detainees.


According to a Nov. 6, 2008, confidential forensic examination from a federal medical center in Carswell, Texas, mental health professionals have concluded, "Ms. Siddiqui is not currently competent to proceed as a result of her mental disease, which renders her unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against her or to assist properly in her defense."

An excerpt of the evaluation was mentioned in the judge's order calling for a Wednesday hearing to address her mental health to stand trial.
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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 07:32:57 pm »
This is all I can find on the Dec 18th hearing....

http://teeth.com.pk/blog/2008/12/11/aafia-siddiqui-released-on-december-17

Update:
Dr. Aafia’s next hearing is on the 26th of Feb 09. The judge has ordered the Govt to choose two psychiatrists and Defense to choose their own two so as to evaluate Afiya Siddiqui’s mental health until her next hearing after which the judge will conclude whether she is fit to stand for trial.

Dr. Aafia’s attorney advised everyone to send her (Dr. Aafia) post cards, letters with words of encouragement etc. (she said if you are Muslim then do it anonymously because you don’t want FBI come knocking on your door)

Post your cards to:
AAFIA SIDDIQUI #90279-054
FMC CARSWELL
FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
P.O. BOX 27137
FORT WORTH, TX 76

http://www.nctc.gov/site/profiles/capture.html

National Counterrorism Center
CounteTerrorism Calender 2009

Captured or Killed
as of December 2008
 
Aafia Siddiqui
Siddiqui, charged with attempting to kill US officers and employees, was arrested in Afghanistan on 17 July 2008 for suspicious behavior. On 18 July, she attempted to shoot a US military officer. She was transported to the United States in August.



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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009, 08:57:47 pm »
Was Aafia Siddiqui a Ghost Prisoner?

http://www.atlanticfreepress.com/news/1/6746-the-abduction-secret-detention-torture-and-repeated-raping-of-aafia-siddiqui-.html

The Abduction, Secret Detention, Torture, and Repeated Raping of Aafia Siddiqui
by Stephen Lendman


Post-9/11, the "war on terror" has been a jihad against Islam, the colonizers v. the colonized, or what Edward Said called "the familiar (America, Europe, us) and the strange (the Orient, East, them)." Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is one of its most tragic, aggrieved, and ravaged victims. Her ordeal continues horrifically.

Boston Magazine's Katherine Oxment asked: "Who's afraid of Aafia Siddiqui? She went to MIT and Brandeis, married a (physician, lived in Boston), cared for her children... raised money for charities... did other volunteer work, hosted play groups in her apartment, (is) deeply religious... distribute(d) Korans to inmates in area prisons," and did nothing out of the ordinary. (She) "was a normal woman living a normal American life. Until the FBI called her a terrorist... a high-profile Al Qaeda operative," but we've seen these charges before, and each time they were bogus. They're egregiously so against Aafia - a woman guilty only of being Muslim at the wrong time in America or elsewhere if you're on Washington's target list.

Against her and others, no evidence exists so prosecutors invent it. Most (or key parts) is kept classified, unavailable to the defense, and trials are judicial equivalents of circuses. Witnesses are enlisted, pressured, coerced, and/or bought off to cooperate. Proceedings are carefully orchestrated. Due process is effectively denied, and juries are intimidated to convict the innocent for political advantage.

The dominant media cooperate. Using information from Washington Post writer, Douglas Farah, and other sources, writer Lindsey Worth of FMS, Inc. referred to "the mysterious Aafia Siddiqui... allegedly Al Qaeda's only female leader" in connecting her to "the Al Queda diamond operation" in West Africa.

The Times Online calls Aafia "Al-Qaeda woman," and for ABC News she's "Mata Hari" in a lengthy report featuring unsubstantiated charges against her, including:

— possessing detailed radiological, chemical and biological information, including possessing a liter of cyanide and instructions for a "dirty bomb;"
— more documents for a mass casualty attack;
— a list of New York targets, including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Wall Street, and the animal disease center on Plum Island;
— terrorist recruiting;
— possessing excerpts from "The Anarchist's Arsenal;"
— "documents detailing US military assets;"
— methods of attack by reconnaissance drones, underwater bombs and gliders; and
— a thumb (or flash) drive packed with emails detailing "specific cells" and planned attacks to carry out.


According to the FBI, she is, or was when captured, a potential "treasure trove" of information on terrorist supporters, sympathizers or sleepers in America and overseas. CIA officer John Kiriakou said she's "the most significant capture in five years," and an unnamed counterterrorism official called her "a very dangerous person, no doubt about it."

For Kiriakou, she's a "radical" involved in planning "a wide variety of different operations (perhaps with WMDs)," including a "possible attempt on the life of the President." Unnamed sources from three federal agencies accused her of an "ill conceived" and perhaps amateurish plot to "kill all living US presidents," including Jimmy Carter by poisoning.

By marriage to his nephew, she's also reputedly linked to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the "principal architect of the 9/11 attacks," according to the 9/11 Commission. He reportedly "gave her up" after capture on March 1, 2003, and shortly thereafter she and her children disappeared.

The DOJ also connects her to Adnan El Shukrijumah, another suspected Al Qaeda member "involved in terrorist planning with senior Al Qaeda leaders overseas and across America," according to John Ashcroft.

Aafia's friends and family deny all charges. They call her an innocent victim of US persecution, and an especially egregious one for being ravaged in detention. One supporter (Abu Sabaya) said this about the woman he knew:

"I want you to come to know of the concern and dedication that this woman had for Islam as described by those who knew her - a dedication that was manifested by way of actions that were very simple and easy, yet seldom carried out by those who are able.

Those who knew Aafia recall that she was a very small, quiet, polite, and shy woman who was barely noticeable in a gathering. However... she would say what (was) needed" when necessary.

While at MIT, she organized drives to deliver Korans and other Islamic literature to Muslims in local prisons. She was also dedicated to Islam on campus where fellow students described her as soft-spoken, studious, religious, but not extremist or fundamentalist. She wrote three instructional guides on the faith. More as well on how to run a daw'ah table to provide religious information and training for da'iyas (callers to Islam). She wrote:

"Imagine our humble, but sincere daw'ah effort turning into a major daw'ah movement in this country! Just imagine it! And us, reaping the reward of everyone who accepts Islam throught this movement (for) years to come. Think and plan big. May Allah give this strength and sincerity to us so that our humble effort continues and expands until America becomes a Muslim land."

Aafia taught local Muslim children on Sundays, but her greatest passion was to help oppressed Muslims worldwide. She spoke publicly, sent emails, gave slideshow presentations, and raised donations while a student and caring for three young children at home.

Because of her faith, activism, and passion for the oppressed, it's little wonder she was targeted and why Assistant US Attorney Christopher LaVigne called her "a high security risk" despite no evidence to prove it.

Her Background and What Happened

Aafia is a Pakistani national with degrees from MIT and a doctorate in neurocognitive science from Brandeis. Despite false media reports, she's not a microbiologist, geneticist or neurologist. Nor did her training provide expertise for WMD terrorism. As her lawyer, Elaine Whitfeld Sharp, explains:

The prosecution claimed "that Aafia was involved in biochemical warfare. She wasn't taking brain cells and testing how they reacted to gases. But there's all this news in the media about the changing face of Al Qaeda, the neurobiology scare, and now we've got this MIT graduate with a Brandeis Ph.D. who's cooking up all these viruses."

Boston Magazine writer Katherine Ozment explained what Aafia "was actually cooking up" - the simple concept that people learn by imitation. To study it, "she devised a computer program and used adult volunteers, who came to her office and watched various objects move randomly across the screen, then reproduced what they recalled. The point was to see how well they retained the information having seen in on the screen."

Brandeis professor of cognitive science Paul DiZio laughed about how this could apply to terrorism. "I can't see how it can be applied to anything. It's not applied work. It didn't have a medical aspect to it. And, as a computer expert, she was competent. But you know, calling her a mastermind or something (is ludicrous) - I never saw any evidence."

She and her husband (a medical resident at the time at Brigham and Women's Hospital) used their apartment for a 1999 nonprofit organization they began called the Institute of Islamic Research and Teaching. It had nothing to do with terrorism. According to the neighborhood Mosque's Imam, Abdullah Faruuq: "What I know of (Aafia) is that she was living here in America, and her organization was for sharing Islamic information with the American people."

Faruuq was impressed with her dedication. "Aafia was an American girl and a good sister." She also wanted her husband to use his medical skills to help the less fortunate. Despite her devout faith, "there was nothing radical about Siddiqui. She just seemed like a very kind person."

She's also a mother of three, and a victim of extreme viciousness in detention. According to her mother, Ismet, she "left the family home in Gulshan-e-lqbal in a taxi on March 30 to catch a flight for Rawalpindi, but never reached the airport." Inside sources claim she was picked up by intelligence agents en route, and initial reports suggest then handed over to the FBI.

She was missing for over a year when the agency posted her photographs on its web site. Shortly afterward, a story was leaked about her involvement in the 2001 Liberian diamond trade with her as an Al Qaeda operative. The family's attorney, Elaine Whitfield Sharp, called the allegation a blessing in disguise because it placed Aafia in Liberia at a specific time when she can prove she was in Boston that week.

Aafia's mother says that only days after her daughter's disappearance a man on motorcycle came to her family home and warned her to say nothing about what happened if she wanted to see Aafia and her grandchildren again. She hasn't since, and according to the Pakistani Urdu press, the family was picked up by local authorities and taken into custody. A government interior ministry spokesman and two unnamed US officials confirmed the report in the press. They then retracted their statements, but local Chicago NBC news (based on a Press Trust of India account) reported that Aafia was being interrogated by US intelligence officials.

At the time, the FBI website stated: "Although the FBI has no information indicating this individual is connected to specific terrorist activities, the FBI would like to locate and question this individual." The agency knew full well what happened - that Aafia was in secret detention, that her horrific ordeal had begun, and that they and other US authorities were involved.

A Brief Timeline of Affia's Case

— March 18, 2003: the FBI issues an alert requesting information about Aafia;

— March 29: UPI reports that the FBI believes Aafia may be an Al Qaeda "fixer," transferring money to support "terrorist" operations;

— March 30: Aafia disappears en route to the airport for a flight to Rawalpindi;

— April 3: CNN reports that Al Qaeda figure Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (arrested March 1) mentioned Aafia during interrogation; Pakistani authorities deny any knowledge of her whereabouts;

— April 4: the FBI denies that it captured and is detaining Aafia;

— May 26: John Ashcroft and FBI director Robert Mueller cite reports that Al Queda plans an attack on the US in the summer or fall; Aafia is named as an Al Qaeda "operative and facilitator" and is one of seven Al Qaeda members being sought;

— May 28, 2004: Pakistan's Interior Ministry confirms that Aafia was turned over to US authorities in 2003 after it was unable to establish any links she may have had with Al Qaeda;

— A 2006 Amnesty International report includes Aafia as one of many of the "disappeared" in the "war on terror;"

— A 2007 Ghost Prisoner Human Rights Watch report said that Aafia "may have once been held" in secret CIA detention;

— A February 2008 Asian Human Rights Commission report said Aafia was brought to Karachi and severely tortured to secure her compliance as a government witness against Khalid Shiekh Mohammed;

— July 7, 2008: UK journalist Yvonne Ridley identifies Aafia as "Prisoner 650" at the US Bagram, Afghanistan torture-prison;

— July 11: US Lt. Col. Rumi Nielson-Green denies that any women are being held at Bagram;

— July 31: the FBI tells Aafia's brother that she's in US custody;

— August 4: a DOJ press release says that Afghanistan National Police arrested Aafia in Ghazni on July 17 and that she was wounded the next day while trying to shoot US Army personnel;

— August 6: US Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis orders Aafia be held without bail; her court-appointed lawyer, Elizabeth Fink, says charges against her are "absurd;" a bail hearing was set for August 11 and another for August 18 to determine if she should be tried;

— August 12: the Washington Pakistani embassy formally requests that Aafia be repatriated to Pakistan;

— August 13: the US military in Afghanistan denies it ever held Aafia in detention and that an unnamed female prisoner was someone else;

— September 12: according to a report in MIT's The Tech, court documents released today indicate that Aafia "was diagnosed with chronic depressive type psychosis;"

— September 23: Judge Richard Berman enters a "not guilty" plea on behalf of Aafia; she refuses to come to court because doing so requires she be strip-searched; he sets December 17 as the next hearing date to determine her fitness to stand trial; he also sets March 9, 2009 as a tentative trial date;

— September 29: World Net Daily reports that for the "first time since 9/11, counterterrorism field agents have been authorized to spy on young Muslim men and women - including American citizens - who have traveled to Pakistan without any specific evidence (suggesting) wrongdoing;"

— October 2: Aafia is moved to the Carswell Federal Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX for psychiatric evaluation; in vain, her lawyer pleaded that she not be sent because she urgently needs medical treatment;

— October 6: Pakistani senators Mushahid Hussain Syed, Sadia Abbasi Mehmood, and SM Zafar met with Aafia; Faqir Saeed of the Pakistani embassy as well; she tells them of her ordeal - that she was abducted in 2003, given an injection, found herself in a cell, and was forced to sign papers and confess to things she didn't do; her children's lives were threatened and she was abused grievously;

— November 17: Judge Richard Berman indicates that a psychiatric evaluation indicates that Aafia is "not competent to proceed as a result of her mental disease, which renders her unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against her;"

— December 17: the next scheduled date (in New York District Court) to determine if Aafia is fit to stand trial;

— March 9, 2009: the tentative date for Aafia's trial to begin.

The US Bagram, Afghanistan Torture-Prison

After her abduction, Aafia disappeared into Bagram hell and was known only as "Prisoner 650." Then later, by released prisoners, as the "Gray Lady of Bagram" because of her screams they heard for years.

At one time, Bagram (north of Kabul at the US air base) held twice as many prisoners as Guantanamo and likely still holds hundreds. They're crammed into wire cages, routinely tortured, forced to sleep on floor mats, and have buckets for latrines, or at least did until recently. Many prisoners are held secretly, have been there for years, have no access to lawyers, or any knowledge of the allegations against them. Most, perhaps all, are innocent victims and guilty only of being Muslims at the wrong time in the wrong place.

What's known about Bagram comes from released or transfered prisoners who got access to counsel. In early 2008, The New York Times also reported that the International Committee of the Red Cross filed a confidential complaint with US authorities charging that its detainees were held incommunicado for weeks or months in isolation cells and subjected to cruel treatment (torture) in violation of international law.

In February 2005, The London Guardian reported that a prisoner named Mustafa was blindfolded, handcuffed, gagged, and forced to bend down over a table by three US soldiers. They then "forcibly rammed a stick up my rectum... I could not stop screaming when this happened."

Another case involved Wesam Abdulrahman Ahmed Al Deemawi. For over a 40 days, he was threatened with dogs, stripped and photographed "in shameful and obscene positions," placed in a cage with a hook and hanging rope, and hung on it blindfolded for two days. Both men were never charged and were later released.

Other prisoners were beaten, chained, hung from the ceiling by their wrists, and subjected to numerous other tortures and indignities - for months or years. In some cases so horrifically they died. Aafia and other women were (and still are) at Bagram and other US torture- prisons (including torture-ships at sea), according to British journalist Yvonne Ridley: "There are many Muslim women in the captivity of American forces and if (people remain) silent, (they'll) lose their sisters forever." Some are treated even worse than Aafia.

Ridley wrote about Bagram's "Prisoner 650" and her ordeal of torture and repeatedly being raped for over four years. "The cries of (this) helpless woman echoed (with such torment) in the jail that (it) prompted prisoners to go on hunger strike." Ridley called her a "gray lady (because) she (was) almost a ghost, a spectre whose cries and screams continue to haunt those who heard her. This would never happen to a Western woman." It did to Aafia, other Muslim women as well, and their ordeal continues horrifically.

US and International Law on Prisoners of War and Enforced Disappearances

US and international law are clear and unequivocal on prisoner detentions and their treatment. America under George Bush defiles it, and, given the rogue team he's assembled, the Obama administration (with or without Guantanamo) promises little or no change. These practices are grievous crimes of war and against humanity and should never be tolerated against anyone for any reason. Yet they persist.

The US War Crimes Act (1996) defines these offenses as grave breaches under the Geneva Conventions (1949) and violations of its Common Article 3. It states in part:

... "the following acts are prohibited at any time and in any place... :

— violence to life and person (including) murder, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

— ... humiliating and degrading treatment;"

— sentencing or executing detainees "without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees... recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples;" and

— assuring wounded and sick are (properly) cared for.

The US Army Field Manual 27-10 is also explicit on the rule of law. It incorporates the Nuremberg Principles prohibiting crimes against humanity, and specifically obligates soldiers to disobey illegal orders or be subject to prosecution under international law. Paragraph 498 states that any person, military or civilian, who commits a crime under international law bears responsibility and may be punished. Paragraph 499 defines a "war crime." Paragraph 509 denies the defense of superior orders in the commission of a crime, and paragraph 510 denies the defense of an "act of state."

Under Article VI of the Constitution (the supremacy clause), international law is part of domestic law, and US presidents take an oath under Article II, Section 1, Clause 7 to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution... " Further, Article II, Section 3 requires the president to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully exercised."

International human rights law also strictly prohibits secret detentions. Under Principle 6 of the (May 1989) UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions:

"Governments shall ensure that persons deprived of their liberty are (to be) held in officially recognised places of custody, and that accurate information on their custody and whereabouts, including transfers, is made promptly available to their relatives and lawyers or other persons of confidence."

US and international laws leave no ambiguity on torture or its seriousness when practiced. The (1949) Third Geneva Convention's Article 13 (on the Treatment of Prisoners of War) states:

Detainees "must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited... (these persons) must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation... "

Third Geneva also prohibits physical or mental torture, all other forms of coercion, collective punishment, corporal punishments, and any type of violence. These acts are "war crimes." Various other US and international laws also prohibit them, yet they're official US policy, so far with impunity.

In December 1992, the UN General Assembly passed the Declaration on the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. It states that:

"any act of enforced disappearance is an offence to human dignity." It "places the persons subjected thereto outside the protection of the law and inflicts severe suffering on them and their families. It constitutes a violation of the rules of international law guaranteeing, inter alia (among other things), the right to recognition as a person before the law, the right to liberty and security of the person, and the right not to be subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment... No state shall practice, permit or tolerate enforced disappearances" and must terminate any such acts "in any territory under its jurisdiction." Such practices are crimes of war and against humanity.

In 2005, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHR&GJ, New York University School of Law) published a report titled: "Fate and Whereabouts Unknown: Detainees in the "War on Terror." It presented "factual summaries of (28) individuals who may be in secret (US) detention sites" and included known information about Aafia at the time.

CHR&GJ said enforced disappearances happen "when individuals are deprived of their liberty by state agents and the state fails to provide information about their fate or whereabouts; through these actions, detainees are placed outside the protection of law."

"Disappearances" include these practices:

— individuals (often unidentified) held in secret US-run or controlled "black sites;"

— individuals in foreign-based sites under US control or direction;

— individuals "extraordinarily renditioned" to "black" or other sites; and

— individuals held in conflict areas and not properly registered and/or identified, such as CIA "ghost prisoners" on US military facilities like at Bagram.

United States of America v. Aafia Siddiqui

On September 2, the Justice Department (DOJ) indicted Aafia "for attempting to kill United States Nationals in Afghanistan and Six Additional Charges." On September 4, she was arraigned before Judge Richard Berman in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Michael Garcia, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, stated (in a September 2 press release) that on July 18, 2008, "a team of United States servicemen and law enforcement officers, and others assisting them, attempted to interview Aafia Siddiqui in Ghazni, Afghanistan, where she had been detained by local police the day before... unbeknownst to the United States interview team, unsecured, behind a curtain — Siddiqui obtained one of the United States Army officer's M-4 rifles and attempted to fire it, and did fire it, at another United States Army officer and other members of the United States interview team...

Siddiqui then assaulted one of the United States Army interpreters, as he attempted to obtain the M-4 rifle from her. Siddiqui subsequently assaulted one of the FBI agents and one of the United States Army officers, as they attempted to subdue her."

Garcia said nothing about years of torture and rape at Bargram or that this frail, weakened, 110 pound woman was confronted by three US Army officers, two FBI agents, and two Army interpreters, yet inexplicably managed to assault three of them, get one of their rifles, open fire at close range, hit no one, and only she was severely wounded. As her attorney put it:

"Picture this woman who is very tiny (and extremely frail and weakened from her ordeal), and ask yourself how she engaged in armed conflict... with six (armed and well-trained) military men, how did this happen? And how did she get shot? I think you can answer that, can't you (and question the absurdity of DOJ's charges against her)?

Garcia outlined, but didn't indict, on the above-listed allegations about specific "cells," handwritten notes about a "mass casualty attack," constructing "dirty bombs," and using various devices and means to deliver them. It was also alleged that before 9/11 she travelled to Liberia where she was involved in illegal diamond trading to support Al Qaeda and then opened a Baltimore post office box for one of its members. None of these claims are credible or showed up in her indictment.

Count One

Attempted Murder of United States Nationals by obtaining a US Army Officer's M-4 rifle and attempting to fire and firing it at him, two other US Interview Team members, and repeatedly stating her intent and desire to kill Americans.

Count Two

Attempted Murder of United States Officers and Employees in the same manner while they were engaged in and on account of the performance of their official duties.

Count Three

Armed Assault of United States Officers and Employees in the same manner.

Count Four

Discharge of A Firearm During (a) Crime of Violence as described above.

Count Five

Assault of United States Officers and Employees as described above.

Count Six

(Further charges of) Assault of United States Officers and Employees as described above.

Count Seven

(More charges of) Assault of United States Officers and Employees as described above.

Aafia's Deteriorating Health

In response to British MP Lord Nazir's letter on Aafia's whereabouts, US authorities confirmed that she's incarcerated at Carswell Federal Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX (pursuant to an October 1, 2008 US District Court, NY judicial directive) where she's undergoing psychiatric evaluation, but not getting desperately needed medical attention.

Nazir earlier raised questions about her detention and said "she (was) physically tortured and continuously raped by the officers at the (Bagram) prison" - for over four years. He now wants her immediately released and repatriated to Pakistan after it was learned she's held on dubious charges plus all the horrific treatment she endured - yet is guilty of nothing.

Aafia is in deplorable condition and, according to Judge Berman, not in a correct state of mind to stand trial. On August 7, 2008, Iqbal Haider, Co-chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expressed concern about her. He called it shocking and of grave concern that pictures of her show a beat-up frail and helpless woman, the effects of years of torture, abuse, and continuous rape. There are dark circles under her eyes, a badly repaired broken nose, "made up" teeth and crumbled lips, and overall "a picture of a severely dehydrated, sick person almost as if on the death bed. It shows the inhumane brutality of an apparently civilised nation by the administration of a country which claims to be much civilised."

According to HRCP and Aafia's family, her physical condition is deplorable, and she badly needs immediate medical treatment outside the Carswell prison where it's not given. "Her wound was oozing blood," and her clothes were soaked in it. Earlier in custody, one of her kidneys was removed, yet her abdominal pain persists. She has large stitches down her torso from the surgery, negligently done, and may be suffering from internal bleeding. Her teeth were removed. Her nose was broken and improperly reset. Her gunshot wound was incompetently dressed, and her overall condition is dire and life-threatening.

This poor woman was savaged by a criminal state operating outside the law for political advantage. Her outrageous treatment continues. Her son, Ahmed (a US citizen), is being detained in Afghanistan, but the whereabouts of her other two children is unknown.

A Final Comment

Post-9/11, the Bush administration:

— declared permanent war without cause;
— ravaged Iraq and Afghanistan;
— incited and/or engaged in other direct and proxy wars;
— militarized the country;
— enacted repressive police state laws;
— trashed the rule of law;
— made human and civil rights a nonstarter;
— defiled every human dignity imaginable;
— institutionalized illegal spying and electoral theft;
— made torture official US policy;
— criminalized dissent;
— waged war on working Americans;
— engineered the largest ever wealth transfer to the rich;
— turned government into a crime syndicate;
— looted the national treasury;
— bankrupted the nation;
— criminally defrauded the public; and
— waged a global jihad against Islam.

Aafia is one of its most aggrieved. She's been destroyed physically and emotionally. Her former being no longer exists. Her survival is in jeopardy, yet she remains incarcerated, has been indicted, will be tried, likely convicted, and may spend the rest of her life in prison. And for what? For her faith, devoutness, ethnicity, humble charity, all at the wrong time in America. The message to everyone is clear. We're all Aafia Siddiquis.

Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre of Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected].

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Monday through Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national topics. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2009, 12:41:00 pm »
I can't but get the feeling this lady is being railroaded... who knows....

http://muslimmatters.org/2009/02/21/february-23rd-9am-hearing-for-dr-aafia-siddiqui-why-you-should-be-there/

COURT DATE FOR DR. AAFIA SIDDIQUI
Monday, February 23th, 2009

United States District Court
500 Pearl St.
Manhattan, New York
@ 9:00am
[In front of Judge Berman]
Information posted at muslimsforjustice.org.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/23/a-reversal-on-terror-defendants-fitness-for-trial/

February 23, 2009, 1:29 pm
A Reversal on Terror Defendant’s Fitness for Trial
By Benjamin Weiser

A federal prosecutor said Monday that two psychiatrists who have examined Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist charged with trying to kill an American soldier and F.B.I. agents while in custody in Afghanistan, said she was not suffering from psychological illness that would render her unfit for trial. That assessment was in contrast to a previous evaluation of Ms. Siddiqui’s fitness.

The case of Ms. Siddiqui, 36, who studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University and who American officials say has ties to operatives of Al Qaeda, has been watched since she was brought to New York for prosecution from Afghanistan last summer.

After she was detained, prosecutors have said, she picked up an unsecured rifle and fired at least two shots toward a soldier who was part of an American team of F.B.I. agents and military personnel who were about to question her. No one was hit. She has pleaded not guilty.

An earlier court-ordered evaluation by the Bureau of Prisons personnel had concluded that she was suffering from mental illness and was not competent for trial.

But on Monday, after a prosecutor in New York cited the new psychiatric reports, which have not yet been made public, Judge Richard M. Berman of United States District Court in Manhattan said he might be ready to consider setting a trial date.

The prosecutor, David Raskin, said the new evaluations were carried out by two government-retained psychiatrists, who had done “a tremendous amount of work” in the case, including meeting separately with Ms. Siddiqui in the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Tex., where she is being held.

“They have both concluded independently,” he said, “that there is no sign of a mental disease or defect that would in any way interfere with the defendant’s ability to stand trial.”

When Judge Berman questioned him again later, Mr. Raskin responded, “We think she’s completely fit to stand trial.”

Judge Berman is expected to hold a hearing to render a final ruling on whether Ms. Siddiqui is competent for trial.

Dawn M. Cardi, Ms. Siddiqui’s lawyer, said after the hearing that she may retain her own forensic experts, but in any case, “I will challenge the government’s position.”
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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2009, 02:38:35 pm »
Official documents concerning AAFIA SIDDIQUI......yea, probably tortured, but I'm sure the CIA was really nice to her children they have in custody too.

http://intelfiles.egoplex.com/2008-09-03-siddiqui-detention-searches.pdf

http://intelfiles.egoplex.com/2008-09-11-siddiqui-psychiatric.pdf

http://intelfiles.egoplex.com/2008-09-02-Siddiqui-Indictment.pdf
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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2009, 04:10:06 am »
It keeps going and going and going..... Next date: June 1 2009 and July 6 2009

Nothing like a speedy trial eh?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/nyregion/27siddiqui.html?_r=1

Scientist in Afghan Terror Case Faked Her Mental Illness, Prosecutor Says

By BENJAMIN WEISER
Published: March 26, 2009
A federal prosecutor in Manhattan said on Thursday that two government psychiatrists had concluded that a Pakistani neuroscientist charged with trying to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in Afghanistan had been faking her symptoms of mental illness.

An earlier court-ordered psychological evaluation had concluded that the neuroscientist, Aafia Siddiqui, 37, was unfit for trial as a result of a mental disease, “which renders her unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against her or to assist properly in her defense,” a court document shows.

Then, last month, prosecutors said two new evaluations by government-retained psychiatrists had found that she was not suffering from mental illness. But the prosecutors had not previously said the doctors concluded that she was faking.

On Thursday, an assistant United States attorney, David Raskin, told a judge in Federal District Court that the psychiatrists, each working independently and unaware of the other’s findings, concluded that the symptoms that had been seen “were attributed to malingering.”

“It was manipulation by the defendant,” Mr. Raskin told Judge Richard M. Berman, “as opposed to any signs of serious mental illness.”

According to a government document, one psychiatrist wrote that Ms. Siddiqui “has most likely fabricated reported psychiatric symptoms to give credibility to her claims that she suffers a mental disorder.”

The psychiatrist added that Ms. Siddiqui might believe a finding of incompetence “could serve to both prevent prosecution while at the same time facilitating rapid repatriation,” the document says.

Ms. Siddiqui’s lawyer, Dawn M. Cardi, said in court that she intended to retain her own experts to review the new evaluations and to examine her client. “We assert that she’s not malingering,” Ms. Cardi said by telephone after the hearing.

Ms. Siddiqui, who studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University, is being held at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth.

She has been held since last summer, when she was first brought to New York for prosecution from Afghanistan.

She had been taken into custody after being found loitering outside an Afghan police station with suspicious items in her handbag. Prosecutors have said that while she was detained, she picked up an unsecured rifle and fired at least two shots toward a soldier who was part of an American team of F.B.I. agents and military personnel who were about to question her. No one was hit. Ms. Siddiqui has pleaded not guilty.

Judge Berman said he would hold a hearing on June 1 to determine Ms. Siddiqui’s competency. He set a tentative trial date of July 6, in the event that she is found fit for trial.
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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2009, 12:12:40 am »

Well this is no shocker really. She was in Boston? Well Boston area is the modern day al Qaeda branch.
Al Kifah, the MAK/al Qaeda branch in the US, simply changed their name to Care Inl and got absorbed into Ptech.

They claim she didnt have tied to the hijackers? Oh man, so much evidence Ptech related websites
and Ptech charity officials were intimately helping some of the 9/11 hijackers.

Also, ALL top al Qaeda operatives from Ali Mohamed(directly involved in WTC 1993 and Africa 1998),
Mohammed Jamal Khalifa(bin Laden right hand man, Al Kifah/WTC operative), etc are safeguarded and
quietly freed. Look at Melvin Lattimore, involved in WTC, OKC and 9/11. Free, just like Ali Mohamed.
Only the dupes who get used up, like Yousef and Moussaoui go to prison.

This thread is just more proof that al qaeda/Islamic terrorism worldwide is just a proxy branch of the NWO
that is protected from plucky FBI agents.
Look at all the top bin Laden financiers who were protected(Yasin al Qadi) from the FBI, who directly tied to Ptech. (Ptech being the key to all this)
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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2009, 04:20:17 pm »
in 93 their was cars parked in the spots near pilars in the parking garage. 2001 under the pile cars with no engines. No engines means they were put there to save parking spots by people who knew.
I took the red pill. I can handle the truth !!?

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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2009, 11:47:41 am »
I still don't get this.
I still don't get the use of torture in ANY CASE.
I still don't understand how any government can expect any one to be GUILTY UNTIL PROVED INNOCENT.
I still torturing anyone just increases their resolve.

Torture is just pointless, and anyone who is tortured should STILL be allowed to testify, then it's up to the Torturer Accused to get evidence to defend themselves.

Hey, also, this UNDER OATH thing you do in court, does that mean a f**king thing any more? It's like with all oaths, TO SERVE AND TO PROTECT, does that mean a f**king thing anymore?

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."  does that actually MEAN anything any more?

Do such oaths have any real base in Law? 

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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2009, 01:00:58 am »
June 1st hearing - placeholder

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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2009, 01:37:34 pm »
Something I missed... Still no word on June 1, U.S. hearing.... (preparing to stand trial in Manhattan )

http://rememberjenkinsear.blogspot.com/2009/05/aafia-siddiqi-and-law-again.html
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Aafia Siddiqi and the law, again

The Nation {in Pakistan} reports that a case involving Aafia Siddiqi has been held over till June 4th:
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/26-May-2009/IHC-reserves-verdict-on-Aafia-case

IHC reserves verdict on Aafia case
Submitted 8 hrs 40 mins ago

Islamabad High Court Tuesday reserved verdict over a petition for bringing Dr Aafia Siddiqui back to Pakistan from the United States. Petitioner’s lawyer Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffery in his arguments before the court of Justice Raja Saeed Akram said that the government was failed to take serious steps for bringing Dr Aafia Siddiqui back to home despite the court orders. “Dr Aafia can die in detention if she would not bring back,” the lawyer said. Deputy Attorney General Raja Aleem Abbasi in his arguments said the government was taking all possible steps on the matter. The issue was also discussed in President Asif Zardari’s recent meeting with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the government lawyer said. The court reserved the verdict on the petition till June 3.

I mention this partly because I think this case still has potential to embarrass the US, and partly because having mentioned it before, there is some value to my readers in continuing to follow it. For more on Aafia Siddiqi, read Who's Afraid of Aafia Siddiqi? and a couple of my earlier posts, The Case of Aafia Siddiqi and Aafia's Son Turns Up and Miscellaneous Developments.

http://www.nation.com.pk/news/searchByTag/Aafia

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/02-Apr-2009/Prisoner-650-was-indeed-Dr-Aafia

'Prisoner 650 was indeed Dr Aafia'
By: Asif Mehmood | Published: April 02, 2009


LONDON - A startling new development in the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui has emerged following the recent release of a British resident from Guantanamo as the torture victim Binyam Mohamed in a testimony has said he witnessed Dr Aafiya during her detention at the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, which contradicts the official position forwarded by the US Government that she and her children were not in US custody prior to July 2008.

The latest twist in the dramatic case was revealed during a meeting hosted by British peer Lord Nazir Ahmed at the House of Lords here yesterday.

Lord Ahmed is now demanding the immediate return to Pakistan of the mother-of-three and urged the Pakistan government to directly intervene with the US to bring about a swift repatriation.

After a private viewing of the forthcoming documentary “In Search of Prisoner 650” by journalist Yvonne Ridley, the former Guantanamo detainee told Ridley he was “100 per cent sure” that the female prisoner he saw in Bagram was Dr Aafiya Siddiqui.

He made his astonishing claim during his first ever television interview on the international satellite Press TV, which is on aired at 8.07pm (in UK) on Thursday (00.07am Friday Pakistan time) on Ridley’s weekly political show “The Agenda”. Ridley started her quest for the truth about Prisoner 650 in Pakistan last July and sought the help of the country’s media with the help and support of Imran Khan who organised a press conference at his party’s headquarter in Islamabad.

In this connection, Asim Qureshi from the international human rights organisation “Cage Prisoners” said, “With evidence continually mounting to suggest that she was abducted from Karachi in March 2003, the regurgitation of the same lies cannot be allowed to continue, especially in light of her prosecution in the US”.

Similarly, former Guantanamo another detainee Moazzam Begg who also spent time in Bagram detention facility praised Binyam Mohamed for coming forward to make his statement.

Begg said, “After my release I discovered females were indeed held by US forces in Bagram and elsewhere. One of them is Aafiya Siddiqui. Our suspicions were confirmed when Binyam Mohamed told Cage Prisoners during an exclusive interview that he had seen her whilst he was held in Bagram. It is time the US military to face up what they have done to this poor woman and her children”, said Moazzam Begg.

.... more later....
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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2009, 02:15:28 pm »
It's really fustrating when this hearing was supposed to happen and then there is no news on it...
It seems though that other wheels are turning....

http://www.draafia.org/2009/06/04/steps-for-dr-aafia%e2%80%99s-repatriation-ordered/#more-1610

Steps for Dr Aafia’s repatriation ordered
Written by Saj on June 04, 09 -  No Comments

Islamabad:Justice Raja Saeed Akram Khan of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take every step for the repatriation of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.

Disposing off the appeal, the IHC directed the Pakistan Embassy in United States of America to remain in contact with the American officials in this regard. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was detained in the US on suspicion of her involvement in terrorist activities. She was arrested from Afghanistan and later her judicial trial was initiated in the US. Iffat Siddiqui, who is the mother of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, along with another petitioner Iftikhar Hussain Rajpoot, had moved the court for the repatriation of her daughter.

The petitioners asked the court that the matter should be brought before the International Court of Justice under the 1959 Treaty between Pakistan and the US, in case their efforts fail to yield results.

In another case, Justice Syed Qalb-i-Hassan of the IHC adjourned hearing sine die in a case relating to disqualification of Attorney General (AG) Sardar Lateef Khosa. Barrister Jawaid Iqbal Jaffery prayed to the court to declare the appointment of the AG against merit.

Even NYtimes has no new news since 3/27/09:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/nyregion/27siddiqui.html?_r=1
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Judge Berman said he would hold a hearing on June 1 to determine Ms. Siddiqui’s competency. He set a tentative trial date of July 6, in the event that she is found fit for trial.



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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2009, 12:47:46 pm »
So it almost seems like all this diplomatic rangling is simply a tool to delay her hearing and ultimate trial....

http://www.karachinews.net/story/508991

Pak's FIA approaches FBI for access to Dr Aafia Siddiqui
Karachi News.Net
Monday 15th June, 2009 (ANI)

Rawalpindi, June 15 : The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has been approached by Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency for access to Dr Aafia Siddiqui to investigate her alleged links with any terror network.

Siddiqui is currently in US custody on charges of assaulting and attempting to murder American troopes during her detention in Afghanistan.

According to the Dawn, FIA Director General Tariq Khosa has also called for a probe against Siddiqui's ex-husband, Mohammad Amjad Khan "to get vital information."

A source claimed that FIA staff had also sought an interview with one of the Pakistani senators, who recently met Dr Siddiqui in the United States.

"A meeting with the senator would be useful for the FIA's investigation," he added.

Siddiqui was born in Karachi, and moved to Texas in 1990 after completing her initial education in Pakistan. She also got an award for her research proposal "Illumination in Pakistan and its effects on women."

She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1995.

She completed her PhD in 2001. She was going to the railway station from her home in Karachi in March 2003 when she went missing along with her three children.

Following her disappearance, her mother and sister contacted US courts and Pakistani authorities, but failed to find her.

The FIA in its investigation, based on interviews of Siddiqui's family members and media reports, revealed that she was handed over to the FBI by Pakistani intelligence agencies.

Intelligence agencies in both countries, however, denied these reports.

In July 2008, she was tracked down by a British journalist, who reported that Siddiqui had been detained at the Bagram prison in Afghanistan for years.

Her 13-year-old son Mohammad Ahmed said that he was picked up by US officials along with his mother, brother and sister, who were subsequently separated from him.
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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2009, 01:10:41 pm »
Just to back up a few days , she gets a visit from the Pakistani Diplomat. Just amazing....

http://www.draafia.org/2009/06/11/aafia-assured-of-repatriation-efforts/#more-1628
Written by Saj on June 11, 09
SOURCE: www.nation.com.pk

WASHINGTON - Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani assured Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist now in US custody, of govt’s full support for her early repatriation to homeland when he met her at a medical facility in Texas on Tuesday.

“We remain engaged in protecting Aafia Siddiqui’s rights as a Pakistani citizen at both the diplomatic and legal levels”, he said when contacted by The Nation after his hour-long meeting.

Ambassador Haqqani thus became the highest-ranking official to be allowed to visit her. Previously, officials of the Pakistan Embassy and Consulate General in New York have been permitted to see her.

“Ms Siddiqui was calm and said she was now in good physical health. She shared with me her opinions on a wide range of subjects, including her possible trial and defence”, the Pakistan envoy said.

Dr Siddiqui (37) has been under detention on charges of an alleged attempt to shoot American personnel in Afghanistan. She was brought to New York in August last year by the US agents from Afghanistan and is currently being treated at a government psychiatric hospital in Texas.

During the meeting lasting for an hour, the ambassador also arranged a telephonic conversation between Ms Siddiqui and her mother. This was Ms Siddiqui’s first telephonic contact with her mother in six years.

Aafia Siddique thanked the ambassador for the humanitarian gesture and appreciated efforts the Pakistani diplomats are making for her release and return to the country.

Ambassador Haqqani informed her that the Pakistani embassy in Washington - under the instructions of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani - is making diplomatic and legal efforts to secure her earliest release and repatriation.

Haqqani assured her that the embassy would make sure that her legal rights are protected.
While in Texas, Ambassador Haqqani also met with representatives of the Pakistan Society of Northern Texas.

He urged the Pakistani Americans to contribute generously to the Prime Minister Relief Fund for internally displaced persons who are the victims of terrorism and need international help.

He informed the society that the government was carrying out an enormous relief effort for the refugees of Malakand Division, who foiled the Taliban ploy to use masses as a human shield in the face of vital military offensive. He appealed to the community to mobilise the resources to help their brethren back home in their hour of need.
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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2009, 12:15:03 pm »
It goes on and on and on...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/nyregion/30competency.html?_r=1

Pakistani Is Ruled Fit for U.S. Trial in October
By BENJAMIN WEISER Published: July 29, 2009

Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist accused of trying to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in Afghanistan, has been found competent to stand trial by a federal judge in Manhattan.

The judge, Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court, said in a 36-page decision issued on Wednesday that Ms. Siddiqui “has a rational as well as a factual understanding of the proceedings against her” and could assist her lawyers with her defense. He set a trial date for Oct. 19.

In a competency hearing this month, psychological experts offered differing testimony as to whether Ms. Siddiqui was suffering from a genuine mental disorder, as her lawyer argued, or was faking symptoms of mental illness, as prosecutors maintained.

Ms. Siddiqui, 37, who studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University, repeatedly interrupted the hearing with a series of occasionally heated outbursts. She declared that she was “not psychotic,” denied shooting anyone, and complained about being strip-searched.

“I want to make peace with the United States of America,” she said at one point. “I’m not an enemy. I never was.”

Records introduced in court showed that Ms. Siddiqui had also spoken of having visions of flying infants, a dog in her cell and children visiting her.

A psychologist retained by the defense found that she was suffering from a delusional disorder and was not competent for trial. Her lawyer, Dawn M. Cardi, said after the hearing that her outbursts were “an example of her mental illness.”

Two government-retained psychiatrists said Ms. Siddiqui was competent to stand trial. A prosecutor, Christopher L. LaVigne, told the judge that she was malingering in an “attempt to avoid responsibility” for her crimes.

Ms. Siddiqui was taken into custody last July in Afghanistan after she was found loitering outside a provincial governor’s compound with suspicious items in her handbag, the authorities have said. The items included handwritten notes that referred to a “mass casualty attack,” and listed landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, an indictment says.

While she was being held, the indictment charges, she picked up an unsecured rifle and fired at least two shots toward a member of an American team of F.B.I. agents and military personnel who were about to question her. No one was hit. She was charged with attempted murder and other charges, and has pleaded not guilty.

Ms. Cardi was unavailable for comment on the ruling. Yusill Scribner, a spokeswoman for the United States attorney’s office, had no comment.

In his ruling, Judge Berman said the defense had failed to meet its burden of proving that Ms. Siddiqui was incompetent to stand trial. And he suggested that there was some evidence to support the contention that she was malingering.

During the hearing, he wrote, Ms. Siddiqui’s demeanor had been initially “polite and appropriate,” but it “changed almost instantaneously” after a prosecutor called attention to the fact that there had been no outbursts from Ms. Siddiqui. Immediately thereafter, Judge Berman wrote, she “became much more loquacious, outspoken and difficult in the courtroom.”

See also: http://www.draafia.org/2009/09/13/a-victim-of-u-s-torture-free-aafia-siddiqui/

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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2009, 12:36:05 pm »
it's almost a perfect example of HOW TO MAKE A TERRORIST.

and why are we THE FREE HUMANS allowing all this to happen?

well, it's because we're not free at all and we'll let it happen all the time, from now on until most of us are rotten and decaying.

this shit just sickens me.


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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2010, 12:59:37 am »
It goes on and on ....
[I personally think the prosecution story is BS.
She is innocent until proven guilty.
She is an asset that they don't want talking with any credability, she knows too much and they can't let her go
and She's afraid if she get's back on the street "they" will eliminate her ]



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/01/19/2010-01-19_aafia_.html
Aafia Siddiqui, aka 'Lady Al Qaeda,' thrown out of court after ranting at jurors again
BY Alison Gendar and Larry Mcshane
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Originally Published:Tuesday, January 19th 2010, 3:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 19th 2010, 11:02 PM

The erratic terror suspect dubbed "Lady Al Qaeda" was tossed from her own trial Tuesday after a courtroom rant declaring she never plotted to blow up New York landmarks.

Aafia Siddiqui's diatribe came as a U.S. Army captain described the savage look on her face when she opened fire on a roomful of military personnel in Afghanistan.

"She was very determined, very agitated," Capt. Robert Snyder testified. "It was clear in my mind what her intent was. A vision of hatred ... shooting at us. Shooting at me."

Siddiqui, 37, interrupted Snyder to declare her innocence "since I'll never get a chance to speak."

Although she was arrested carrying a list of potential terror targets including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, Siddiqui insisted she was not planning any attacks.

"Give me a little credit, this is not a list of targets of New York," she said. "I was never planning to bomb it. You're lying."

The outburst, in front of a Manhattan Federal Court jury, led Judge Richard Berman to order Siddiqui's removal by court officers about 11:15 a.m.

The MIT-educated neuroscientist watched the rest of her trial's first day via closed-circuit television.

Siddiqui is charged with attempted murder for grabbing an M-4 Army rifle left carelessly on the floor of an Afghan police station.

Siddiqui screamed something about "blood on the soldiers' hands, or heads, and it was pure chaos" when she started firing on July 18, 2008, Snyder said.

Snyder testified the Special Forces officer whose rifle was stolen wound up shooting Siddiqui. The wounded woman continued fighting, screaming, "I hate Americans! Death to America!"

The officer who lost his weapon later angled for a Silver Star - awarded for gallantry in action, Snyder testified. But the disgusted captain refused to back the move. "Absolutely not," Snyder said.

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« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2010, 10:55:59 pm »
She'll be going away for awhile.....

'Lady Al Qaeda' Aafia Siddiqui convicted of attempted murder

The woman dubbed "Lady Al Qaeda" was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder for shooting at Americans in Afghanistan - and she reacted in typical fashion.

"This is a verdict coming from Israel not America," Aafia Siddiqui exclaimed, raising one hand and pointing up before being led out of the Manhattan courtroom.

"That's where the anger belongs. I can testify to this. And I have proof."

The outburst was hardly shocking; Siddiqui disrupted her own trial several times with bizarre statement and demands to take the stand in her own defense.

Despite her insistence she never grabbed an Army rifle and opened fire on her U.S. interrogators, a federal jury found her guilty of attempted murder and six other counts.

The 37-year-old MIT-trained neuroscientist faces life in prison when she's sentenced May 6. "Juries do make mistakes. Juries do go wrong" said Elaine Sharp, one of Siddiqui's lawyers.

"In my opinion this verdict is based on fear, not on fact."

Sharp said when she told Siddiqui the verdict, she asked that a message be sent to her supporters at home in Pakistan that she did not want any violent demonstrations.

The lawyer claimed Siddiqui's anti-Israeli comments were the paranoid rantings of a women who had been held in solitary confinement for 18 months.

Siddiqui was arrested in 2008 in Afghanistan after being caught with poisonous chemicals, bomb-making instructions and a list of New York landmarks.

She grabbed an unguarded rifle at an Afghan police station and started shooting at the Americans sent to grill her.

She was not charged with terrorism


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/02/03/2010-02-03_lady_al_qaeda_aafia_siddiqui_convicted_of_attempted_murder_.html
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http://newyork.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/nyfo092310.htm
For Immediate Release September 23, 2010
Aafia Siddiqui Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 86 Years for Attempting to Murder U.S. Nationals in Afghanistan and Six Additional Crimes

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that AAFIA SIDDIQUI was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 86 years in prison for the attempted murder and assault of U.S. nationals and U.S. officers and employees in Afghanistan.

SIDDIQUI was found guilty of all charges against her following a 14-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge RICHARD M. BERMAN in Manhattan federal court.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA stated: "As a unanimous jury found beyond a reasonable doubt, Aafia Siddiqui attempted to murder Americans serving in Afghanistan, as well as their Afghan colleagues. She now faces the stiff consequences of her violent actions. We commend the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force and other law enforcement and military personnel for their tremendous work investigating this case here and abroad."

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/09/aafia-siddiqui-sentenced-grievous.html
Aafia Siddiqui Sentenced: A Grievous Miscarriage of Justice - by Stephen Lendman
September 23, 2010

On September 23 in federal court, US District Court Judge Richard Berman sentenced political prisoner Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years in prison. Outrage most accurately expresses this gross miscarriage of justice, compounding what she's already endured following her March 30, 2003 abduction, imprisonment, torture, prosecution, and conviction on bogus charges.
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In recent months, she's been in New York's Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in maximum security solitary confinement, during her trial, conviction and September 23 sentencing

http://tribune.com.pk/story/55940/mqm-slams-us-for-dr-aafia-siddiqui%E2%80%99s-sentence/
MQM slams US for Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s sentence

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain deemed the United States responsible for the unrest in the world, demanding the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

Hussain addressed the scores of people, estimated to be 300,000 by the MQM, who gathered on his call at MA Jinnah road, near Tibet centre, on Tuesday to condemn an American court’s verdict of Siddiqui’s case.

On September 23, she was sentenced to 86 years in prison on seven charges, including the attempt to murder US military personnel.

The rally was declared successful as members of MQM-opposing groups including the Sunni Tehreek and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam also participated in the rally. Representatives of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, Karachi Bar Association, trade unions also joined to condemn the verdict of Dr Siddiqui’s case.
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Rallies across Sindh

Several rallies were organised in various parts of the province to protest against Dr Siddiqui’s sentence. Activists of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Muslim Students Federation held a demonstration outside the Hyderabad Press Club to condemn the sentence. Protesters shouted slogans against the verdict and claimed that the government has not taken the issue seriously.



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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2010, 02:11:00 am »
Looks like this is one 9/11 'patsy' (victim) who won't tow the official US line.  I'm not surprised that they want to prevent her from testifying.  Especially if this is what they do to law abiding, charity supporting decent family members.

This is NOT how a democracy is supposed to work.  It is shameful.

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Re: Aafia Siddiqui - WTC93 - 9/11 - strange case comes to closure?
« Reply #20 on: September 29, 2010, 02:59:06 am »
Looks like this is one 9/11 'patsy' (victim) who won't tow the official US line.  I'm not surprised that they want to prevent her from testifying.  Especially if this is what they do to law abiding, charity supporting decent family members.

This is NOT how a democracy is supposed to work.  It is shameful.

I'm still wondering if she ever fired the weapon at anyone (the attempted murder charge).  

She does seem guilty grabbing a "loose" weapon "of the Special Forces officer " (possibly to escape)  and saying "Death to America" while in a Afghanistan jail. This all according to "Capt. Robert Snyder". None of these news reports have quoted her testimony, if there was any.  Where was the defense attorney during this "trial"?

Did she grab the rifle? Did she shoot the rifle? Did she admit or deny this under oath? Was she in fear for her life or her child (extenuating circumstances) give me something here....

Given the testimony - 86 years is not enough to cover this up.

How was it that a rifle of a Special Forces officer was "loose"?

And now the Pakistanis have a new cause for demonstrations. Great.

This story just keeps on giving.

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Snyder testified the Special Forces officer whose rifle was stolen wound up shooting Siddiqui. The wounded woman continued fighting, screaming, "I hate Americans! Death to America!"

The officer who lost his weapon later angled for a Silver Star - awarded for gallantry in action, Snyder testified. But the disgusted captain refused to back the move. "Absolutely not," Snyder said.
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