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    Aafia Siddiqui Sentenced: A Grievous Miscarriage of Justice


    by Stephen Lendman / September 24th, 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.


    In modern times, she’s one of American depravity’s most aggrieved victims, now given a virtual life sentence for a crime she didn’t, and couldn’t have, committed, explained in the above articles.

    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. Importantly, her life was effectively destroyed by years of horrific tortures, repeated rapings, and other abuses in Bagram Prison at America’s Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

    Addressing the court, said said “I’m not paranoid. I’m not mentally ill. I don’t agree with” anyone saying so, though it’s hard imagining why not after years of horrific brutalization.


    A Pakistani/American scientist, years of torture and abuse destroyed her persona, yet somehow she survived and endured more stress from prosecution, a travesty of a trial, conviction and sentencing.

    Reporting on the court’s decision, the BBC repeated government lies, including her possessing bomb making instructions to blow up New York landmarks – “evidence that she was a potentially dangerous terrorist.” Yet her indictment was on totally different charges – preposterous ones accusing her of the following:

    In the presence of two FBI agents, two Army interpreters, and three US Army officers, this frail 110 pound woman allegedly assaulted three of them, seized one of their rifles, opened fire at close range, hit no one, yet she alone was severely wounded.

    At trial, no credible evidence was presented. The charges were concocted and bogus. None accused her of plotting to blow up New York or any other landmarks or facilities.


    Yet proceedings were carefully orchestrated. Witnesses were enlisted, pressured, coerced, and/or bribed to cooperate. Jurors were then intimidated to convict, her attorney Elaine Whitfield Sharp, saying their verdict was “based on fear, not fact.” No evidence was presented except claims government prosecutors invented to convict.

    The International Tribune also highlighted today’s proceedings, headlining “Dr. Aafia sentenced to 86 years imprisonment,” saying:

    It was on seven counts “for allegedly firing at US troops in Afghanistan.” After the announcement, protests erupted across Pakistan. In Karachi, civil society and political party workers rallied “in front of the Karachi Press Club….ask(ing) the federal government” to intervene on her behalf.


    Jamaat-e-Islami, PASBAN, Defense of Human Rights, and other civil society members marched toward the US Embassy, expressing outrage and demanding she be released “as a goodwill gesture.”

    “Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister, Ms. Sharmila Farooqui, asked the United States to release (her) on humanitarian (grounds) as a goodwill gesture to Pakistan…. Now is the time for the US to show goodness and pardon a Pakistani woman who is innocent.”

    Farooqui said Aafia was wrongly abducted, then handed over to US authorities. She’s “an innocent woman,” outrageously treated, convicted and sentenced.

    Explaining further she said:


    “In Islam and Pakistan, handing over a woman to foreign countries is a sin, but it is a pity that an innocent woman was mercilessly given in(to the) hands of the (previous) US” government.

    She also urged international human rights organizations to actively pursue her release.

    A Final Comment


    At issue is 9/11 truth, the subsequent bogus “war on terror” based on a lie, America’s war on Islam that followed against Iraq, Afghanistan, and Muslim Americans, victimized for political advantage. Aafia is perhaps its most aggrieved living victim, her persona destroyed and life ended by a virtual life sentence unless clemency or world pressure saves her.

    Her case should incite everyone’s moral outrage. It also reveals America’s true face, its rogue agenda, targeting Muslims for their faith and ethnicity, making us all equally vulnerable.

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    Barbaric: 86-Year Sentence for Aafia Siddiqui


    September 24, 2010

    To be honest, I can hardly express sufficiently my shock at the news that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist who was rendered to the U.S. to face a trial after she reportedly tried -- and failed -- to shoot two U.S. soldiers in Ghazni, Afghanistan in July 2008, has been sentenced to 86 years in prison.


    Such a disproportionate sentence would be barbaric, even if Aafia Siddiqui had killed the soldiers she shot at, but as she missed entirely, and was herself shot twice in the abdomen, it simply doesn't make sense. Moreover, the sentencing overlooks claims by her lawyers that her fingerprints were not even on the gun that she allegedly fired, and, even more significantly, hints at a chilling cover-up, mentioned everywhere except at Dr. Siddiqui's trial earlier this year. Seen this way, her sudden reappearance in Ghazni in July 2008, the shooting incident, the trial and the conviction were designed to hide the fact that, for five years and four months, from March 2003, when she and her three children were reportedly kidnapped in Karachi, she was held in secret U.S. detention -- possibly in the US prison at Bagram, Afghanistan -- where she was subjected to horrendous abuse.

    The truth about Aafia Siddiqui's story, as I have mentioned in previous articles here, here and here, is difficult to discern, but too many unanswered questions had already been brushed off before this vile sentence was delivered, which involve not only Dr. Siddiqui, but also two of her three children, Ahmed and Mariam, who only resurfaced last September, and in April this year. The whereabouts of her third child, Suleiman, who was just a baby when she first disappeared, has never been disclosed, and there are fears that he was killed when she was initially kidnapped.


    As for Mariam, an article at the time of her reappearance stated that she "claim[ed] she was kept in a 'cold, dark room' for seven years," allegedly in Bagram, and in late August 2008, Michael G. Garcia, the attorney general of the southern region of New York, "confirmed in a letter to Siddiqui's sister, Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, that her son, Ahmed, had been in the custody of the FBI since 2003 and that he was currently in the custody of the Karzai government in Afghanistan," even though the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson, had previously claimed that Washington "had no information regarding the children." The article added that Ahmed was finally released to the custody of Siddiqui's family in Pakistan in September 2009, and later "gave a statement to police in Lahore that he had been held in a juvenile prison in Afghanistan for years."

    Like everything in the story of Aafia Siddiqui, which remains, in many ways, the most opaque story in the whole of the "War on Terror," it is difficult to say what is true and what is not, but these accounts, as well as eyewitness accounts from other prisoners, including the British resident and former Guantánamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed, who has stated that he saw Aafia Siddiqui in Bagram, serve only to demonstrate that, not only is an 86-year sentence the most abominable miscarriage of justice, but also that it meshes perfectly with the notion that this whole sad story is an enormous cover-up. As I asked six months ago:

    If Aafia Siddiqui was indeed held in secret US custody for over five years, was the story of the attempted shooting of the U.S. soldiers in July 2008 a cynical set-up, designed to ensure that she could be transferred to the U.S. and tried, convicted and imprisoned without the true story coming to light?

    For someone once touted as a significant al-Qaeda operative, it is, to say the least, convenient that she has been sentenced to 86 years in prison on charges that -- beyond the prosecutors' claim that she was an al-Qaeda supporter and a danger to the U.S. -- completely ignored her alleged role in al-Qaeda. The entire court case also avoided the valid presumption that, if she was indeed regarded as an al-Qaeda operative, it would not be surprising if, like many dozens of other "high-value detainees," she suffered years of torture in U.S. custody, and then, somehow, had to be disposed of.


    While some of these prisoners ended up in Guantánamo, and others were stealthily delivered on one-way trips to prisons in their home countries, Aafia Siddiqui ended up in New York, rendered -- there is no other word -- from Afghanistan. And although she urged her supporters in court to remain calm yesterday, telling them, "Don't get angry. Forgive Judge Berman," it may be that, in delivering what he referred to as an "appropriate" sentence of "significant incarceration," Judge Richard Berman may have done just what the CIA wanted.


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    Pakistani Consul General visits Dr Aafia in Texas






    Dr Siddiqui asked the diplomat to convey her thanks to Ambassador Haqqani for his concern for her welfare, the official said. – File Photo



    WASHINGTON: On the instructions of ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani, Pakistani consul general in Houston Aqil Nadeem visited detained Pakistani scientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui in Carswell detention facility in Texas on Friday.

    In a two-hour meeting, Ms Siddiqui informed the consul general that she was medically fine and was pleased to speak by phone to her mother and children in Karachi on Thursday.


    According to a Pakistani embassy official, Dr Aafia Siddiqui will also be able to meet her brother at her request.


    The consul general informed Ms Siddiqui that the Pakistani embassy in Washington had coordinated consular access for her through the concerned authorities.


    Dr Siddiqui asked the diplomat to convey her thanks to Ambassador Haqqani for his concern for her welfare, the official said. [1]






    Article printed from DAWN.COM | Latest news, Breaking news, Pakistan News, World news, business, sport and multimedia: http://www.dawn.com

    URL to article: http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/16/pakis...-in-texas.html

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    JFAC Horrified by New Abuse Revelations, Aafia Siddiqui Forced to Walk Naked Over the Qur’an

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 30th 2010
    Contact: info@justiceforaafia.org

    As hundreds of concerned citizens hold a Day of Remembrance in Pakistan to commemorate the seventh anniversary of her disappearance, the Justice for Aafia Coalition reveal for the first time, in the English language, specific harrowing details of the abuse Aafia Siddiqui was forced to endure in the years spent in secret detention.

    During the course of an interview by Kamran Shahid on Pakistan’s Front Line, screened 26th March, Siddiqui’s mother and sister described publicly for the first time the various forms of torture she underwent at the hands of US agents. This included being:

    forcefully stripped by six men and then repeatedly sexually abused (raped)

    beaten with rifle butts until she bled

    bound to a bed, with her hands and feet tied whilst unspecified forms of torture were administered to the soles of her feet and head

    injected with unknown substances

    dragged by her hair

    having her hairs pulled out one by one

    forced to walk on the Qu’ran which had been desecrated in her cell whilst naked

    Maryam Hassan, founder of the Justice for Aafia Coalition (JFAC), commented:

    “These most recent horrific revelations shine a light for the first time on years of detention shrouded until now in darkness and mystery. Forced nudity, violent sexual abuse, the desecration of the Qu’ran, video-taped torture sessions have become infamous hallmarks of US detention since the start of the War on Terror, from Bagram to Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.

    The Obama administration must immediately disclose any video evidence in its possession relating to Ms Siddiqui’s detention and torture. The American public has a right to know what is being carried out in its name as much as the Pakistani public are deserving of knowing the horrendous abuse one of their citizens has been subjected to. “


    For the full interview, transcribed and translated into English by the Justice for Aafia Coalition, please visit:

    http://justiceforaafia.org/index.php...diquis-family-

    To view the video recording of the interview in Urdu:
    http://justiceforaafia.org/index.php...6th-march-2010

    A version with English subtitles will be available on www.justiceforaafia.org soon.


    Notes for editor:


    1. The Justice for Aafia Coalition is an umbrella body for a number of organizations, groups, and activists created in February 2010 to campaign for the release and return of Aafia Siddiqui and for the opening of a full investigation into the circumstances of her detention and the whereabouts of her children.

    2. Aafia Siddiqui’s lawyers maintain that she was abducted by the Pakistani and US agents along with her three children in 2003 and rendered to Afghanistan where she was detained by American forces for over five years. Siddiqui claims she was abused, raped and tortured throughout her detention. She was convicted in February 2010 of allegedly firing on US soldiers while in custody in what appears to have been a grave miscarriage of justice. Whilst her son Ahmed was released in September 2008 from Afghan custody, two of her children remain unaccounted for to date. For full details of Aafia Siddiqui’s case, please visit www.justiceforaafia.org

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    British doctors call for independent medical assessment of Dr. Aafia

    We would like permission to assess Dr. Aafia’s mental and physical health as an independent medical delegation to verify various reports and anecdotes about her.

    As civilized people we believe in justice and fairness. There is no place for torture, abuse of power or inhumane treatment of prisoners in a democratic society. The case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who happens to be a citizen of Pakistan, is a stark reminder to us all that unless we adhere to our values and obey our own laws we risk falling into the same category of people against whom we stand at a moral high ground.


    Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is a female prisoner in the United States. She has gone from an independent neuroscientist to a frail creature who has allegedly been raped and tortured. Since her abduction and unlawful detention, first in Afghanistan and then in USA over five years ago, she has been separated from one of her children who is suspected to have been killed by her captors. To add to her misery, she has been strip searched in male prisons and abused. Consequently, her mental health has deteriorated to the point of ‘psychosis’. To put it simply, her body and soul have been systematically destroyed.


    All those who believe in justice and fairness should deplore such behaviour and stand shoulder to shoulder with those who dare challenge the abusers. For this reason, we urge you to join us in bringing an end to this woman’s misery.


    We appeal to the US & UK Governments to take responsibility for ensuring that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's case is dealt with fairly, competently and humanely and in accordance with the letter as well as the spirit of International Conventions and human rights.

    Dr I Sabri
    GP Woodside Surrey

    Dr I Hussain
    GP

    Dr F Haque
    GP Locum Tooting London

    Dr M Khan
    GP Croydon Surrey

    Dr H Shaikh
    Acute Medicine Consultant
    Imperial College NHS Trust

    Dr N Kausar
    GP

    Dr D Mirza

    GP

    Dr S Shaffi
    GP

    SOURCE: BMJ

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    Fowzia Seeks Aafia Freedom on USA Independence Day


    Karachi, July 4: Aafia Movement Pakistan Leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui here Thursday appealed the US President Barack Hussein Obama to release Pakistani mother Dr Aafia Siddiqui on the occasion of the Independence Day of United States of America.

    Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as "the Fourth of July". It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. The celebrations have deep roots in the American tradition of political freedom.


    Fowzia said when the people of the US are celebrating their independence an innocent Pakistani mother is behind the bars on flimsy charges. This woman was convicted for a crime she never committed, she said, adding the continued incarceration of Aafia is harming the image of the US and its people in Pakistan and other countries of the Muslim world. She said the release of Aafia would improve the image of the US as a just and equity based society, as envisioned by the founding fathers of America.

    She said we have no malice feelings towards the US and its people. “We just want reunion of Aafia with her children and her ailing mother.” She said the US has a long history of freeing of prisoners and the freedom of Aafia would be a welcome addition to this positive tradition of Americans. She said the release of Aafia would give the people of Pakistan a feeling that the US is their friend and well-wisher nation.

    Fowzia said Dr Aafia is a Pakistani citizen and should have been tried in her country. She said now Aafia has already spent more than 10 years in the US custody and it is high time that she is released and repatriated to Pakistan as a gesture of goodwill and generosity towards the people of Pakistan on the auspicious occasion of the US Independence Day.

    She said the whereabouts of the third missing children of Aafia, Salman, are still not known. The governments of the US and Pakistan should also tell the miserable family about the fate of the missing minor.


    SOURCE: Aafia Movement

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    Durban City Centre Brought To A Halt At Free Aafia Protest



    FREE AAFIA FOUNDATION – SOUTH AFRICA

    PRESS RELEASE


    South Africans flocked on Friday 22nd March to the United States Consulate, situated in the heart of the city centre in Durban, in solidarity with the Global Free Aafia Movements to protest on the tenth anniversary of the abduction of Dr. Siddiqui and her three children in Karachi, Pakistan. The picket drew huge public interest as thousands of motorists and pedestrians of all races witnessing the event. The audience was extremely vocal and passionate chants of “Free Free Aafia”, echoed through one of the busiest streets in the city. The protesters demanded for an end to the oppression and injustices against Dr Aafia Siddiqui and demanded her repatriation to Pakistan.


    The protest action which was held under banner of the “Free Aafia Foundation”, was supported by a number of organisations and human rights activists. The picket began with a “flash mob” live demonstration, enacting the kidnapping of a screaming Aafia in the streets of Karachi, being dragged away from her children and brutally beaten and tortured. Shabnam Mohammed, an activist who played the part of Aafia was thrown into a mock cell. With deafening screams, she pleaded for help and repeatedly cried out about the whereabouts of her children.


    National coordinator for “The Aafia Foundation”, Inayet Wadee who addressed the crowd, reminded the US Administration of its pathetic human rights record, and that the national justice and prison system in the United States of America has been linked to widespread human rights abuses. “We are fully aware of the unlawful arrests, unfair trials, inhumane prison conditions, lack of adequate health care: humiliating and degrading treatment by prison guards, and cruel forms of punishment meted out to Dr Aafia Siddiqui”. “The injustice of her plight has been recognized amongst humanitarians and people of conscience worldwide”, he added.


    Wadee also reminded the crowd of statements made by former US Senator Mike Gravel who said, “Dr Aafia was illegally detained and subjected to torture in isolation before her controversial conviction which is a crime”, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark who referred to the Pakistani neuroscientist as an “innocent citizen of Pakistan who has been wronged and denied justice”, and former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinny’s statement that “The United States has more to give Pakistan than drones, bombs and missiles, they can give Aafia back”. Wadee further said that murderers, rapists, paedophiles and child molesters enjoy more rights in prison than Dr Siddiqui who is innocent. He lambasted and was also highly critical of the Pakistan government’s role regarding its handling of Aafia’s ordeal in the last decade. He said, “The Pakistan Government have remained impotent and have been silent spectators throughout Aafia’s ordeal of horror over the last ten years. Pakistan politicians have until now lacked political will, they hide behind the absence of an extradition treaty as an excuse, they are spineless and gutless, and they the government must be ashamed of themselves by referring to Aafia as the daughter of the nation”.


    The crowd was also addressed by other speakers from the organising committee. A passionate Shabnam Mohammed from the ‘Stand up Foundation” was equally vocal and made it clear, “we will continue in our struggle against human rights abuses of all sorts, and we will not rest until Aafia is free.” Fayyaaz Khan representing the Pakistan community in South Africa praised the audience for standing up against the injustice against Aafia. He expressed his thanks to everyone who supported the Pakistan sister in need.


    The event drew a substantial presence of onlookers who also joined the protest. Also present was the African National Congress Youth league representative in Kwazulu Natal, Sizwe Mkhiize. He called for lobbying the ruling Government in South Africa, and particularly Ebrahim Rasool, the South African Ambassador to the United States to take up Aafia’s cause with the US State Department. Other notable personalities included ANC Counsellor and former Member of Parliament Yacoob Baig, members of the Laajpal Foundation in Durban, and a Brazilian human rights activist who is in South Africa for the upcoming BRICS Summit.


    Before the picket ended, the memorandum was read out. There were messages of support from Dr Fowzia Siddiqui on behalf of her family and the Aafia Movement, from Tina Foster the attorney representing Aafia Siddiqui, and the South African National Muslim Women’s Forum amongst others. The memorandum was handed over to an official at the US Consulate, who acknowledged receipt, and committed to forward the memo and petitions to the US State Department in Washington.

    http://www.justiceforaafia.org/artic...-aafia-protest




    Message of Support from the Free Aafia Foundation - South Africa

    On the 10th Anniversary of the abduction, brutal incarceration, torture and sentencing of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, we commend “The Justice for Aafia Coalition” for standing up against the injustice and human rights abuses perpetrated by the US and Pakistan governments against the Pakistani neuroscientist. In fact JFAC has to a large extent been an inspiration to the Free Aafia Movement in South Africa through the visit by the organisation’s representatives to the country over two years ago.

    On this occasion we join hands with JFAC, and all who seek and strive for the freedom of Aafia Siddiqui. It has been a long decade and it certainly has been 10 years far too long. We are with you in reminding the US Administration of its pathetic human rights record, and a justice and prison system that has for far too long been linked to widespread human rights abuses. Today we are with you in protest with you and in condemning the injustices against Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

    We further condemn the Pakistan government’s role in its handling of Aafia’s ordeal in the last decade. They the Pakistan Government have remained impotent and have been silent spectators throughout Aafia’s ordeal of horror over the last ten years. The Pakistan politicians lack the political will to have Aafia returned to her country, they hide behind the absence of an extradition treaty as an excuse, they are spineless and gutless, and they the government must be ashamed of themselves by referring to Aafia as the daughter of the nation”.

    We the Aafia Foundation in South Africa will continue in our struggle against human rights abuses of all sorts, we support the global movements for Aafia’s freedom, and we will not rest until Aafia is free. Our thoughts are with you and may Almighty Allah bless your efforts and pray that Aafia will be reunited soon with her loved ones.


    “FREE FREE AAFIA”


    Statement issued on behalf of the Aafia Foundation – South Africa

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    Interview with Aafia Siddiqui’s Attorney Tina Foster

    March 30th, 2013 marks 10 years since Aafia Siddiqui was kidnapped outside her home in Karachi, Pakistan. 10 years of unjust imprisonment. Hena Zuberi of Muslim Matters recently interviewed Tina Foster of the International Justice Network, Aafia's attorney chosen by Sr. Aafia herself. Please listen to the full length audio for the in depth interview to hear how Aafia is doing from one of the only people she trusts who has actually met with her recently. Keep up with the important work of the International Justice Network and freeaafia.com and above all keep political prisoners and victims of the war on terror in your prayer, write to them and spread awareness about their plight.







    10 Years of Imprisonment for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui marked by Demonstrations in America, London, Pakistan and South Africa


    by El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan, Muslim Link Contributing Writer



    On Friday, March 8 ("International Women's Day"), a press conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, which focused attention on the cases of three women - Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and Attorney Lynne Stewart - two prominent female political prisoners being held at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas - and the late Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist killed by an Israeli soldier in the Gaza refugee camp in March 2003. The press conference was followed later in the day by a protest rally for Dr. Siddiqui at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, DC.


    Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani national who came to the United States in 1990 and graduated from both MIT and Brandeis University with honors. Widely respected for her humanitarian relief work and commitment to her faith (Islam), Dr. Siddiqui became a person of suspicion after the tragedy of 9/11; a suspicion which ultimately resulted in Dr. Siddiqui and her three young children (two of whom area American born citizens) becoming targets of a rendition operation not long after she returned home to Karachi, Pakistan in 2002. (The exact date of their disappearance was March 30, 2003.)

    Aafia is currently imprisoned at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, under conditions that violate the US Constitution's guarantee against "cruel and unusual punishment." The purpose of the demonstrations was to demand her release and repatriation - and until such time, that she receive the humane treatment that she is constitutionally entitled to, even as a prisoner of war of the U.S. government.


    On March 29-30, the second part of the American branch of a global mobilization for Aafia Siddiqui, that marked 10 years of brutal and unwarranted imprisonment, unfolded in Fort Worth, Texas with two back-to-back demonstrations. Among the speakers was former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who attempted unsuccessfully to visit Aafia, but did receive a visit with another female political prisoner being held in the same institution, Attorney Lynne Stewart.


    In addition to the United States of America, demonstrations were also held in such diverse places as London, South Africa, and throughout Aafia's home country of Pakistan.

    The US initiatives were undertaken by a Coalition of Conscience comprising (in alphabetical order), the American Muslim Taskforce, the Coalition to Stop FBI Repression, Families United For Justice in America, the International Action Center, the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, the Pakistan-American Democratic Forum, Project SALAM, The Peace Thru Justice Foundation, and the United National Antiwar Coalition.


    The impact of the mobilization was immediately felt. The mobilizations received favorable media coverage, and the Karachi-based sister of Aafia Siddiqui and leader of the international "Free Aafia Movement," Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui, released the following statement after the Fort Worth demonstrations:


    "After ~3 months incommunicado, within days of your efforts We got 3 phone calls in 24 hours from Aafia. You All have just brightened the lives of an ailing mother, and two little children. And energized us all. Allah has blessed your efforts in [the] US, South Africa and Pakistan. May Allah keep you safe and bless you with the best of all you desire and more. Ameen."


    Aafia's brother Muhammad, who resides with his family in the United States, also sent the following message:


    "If you had any doubts whether your mobilization and Ramsey's request to look in on Aafia had any effect, we got the proof in the past 24 hours. Multiple calls from aafia and she even got to talk to her kids. This, after months of being held incommunicado. If there is a measure for success, for my mother and Aafia's children, this would be it."

    With the March mobilizations now behind us, and Aafia's condition rapidly deteriorating, the US branch of the international movement is now planning an intensive drive to help establish local (independent) support committees in different parts of the US, and simultaneously engage in a far more intensive and organized public education campaign regarding her plight.

    Toward this end we will be contacting Muslim convention organizers (i.e. ISNA, ICNA, MAS, etc.)with a request for inclusion in this year's programs, and we are also planning to organize a Dr. Aafia Siddiqui Day in Houston, Texas, for the latter part of September 2013, insha'Allah.

    Time is of the essence; Aafia will not last another 10 years of unjust imprisonment in US custody. She must be released soon, or she will die soon.


    Mauri Saalakhan is the founder of the Peace Thru Justice Foundation.

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    Dr. Aafia Assaulted in Prison to Point of Unconsciousness



    Fort Worth, May 31, 2013


    This past week, Dr. Aafia who is detained at Carswell Prison at a US Military base in Fort Worth, United States was physically assaulted in her prison cell and left unconscious and bleeding. She eventually received medical care after two days and intervention by her lawyer, Ms. Tina Foster. Dr. Aafia was visited by her lawyer within days of the incident and is now in better condition. The Pakistani consulate in Texas also sent a high level team to visit Dr. Aafia.

    She has still not been able to visit with family members. The last family visit was over a year ago.

    This latest "incident" underscores the need for independent medical treatment of Dr. Aafia that is outside of the prison system. It also further highlights the urgent need for her repatriation to Pakistan where she may serve out her sentence and the governments can avoid the diplomatic problems that arise from incidents of this type.

    Carswell prison claims it is conducting an "internal investigation into the incident". The findings will likely remain secret.


    REQUEST AAFIA'S IMMEDIATE REPATRIATION TO PAKISTAN


    Eric Holder: Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001, Tel: +1 202 353 1555, Email: AskDoJ@usdoj.gov

    John Kerry: Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, N.W. Washington DC 20520, Tel: +1 202 647 4000, Fax: +1 202 261 8577, Email: Tweet: @StateDept

    Asif Ali Zardari: President of Pakistan, President’s Secretariat, Islamabad, PAKISTAN, Email: publicmail@president.gov.pk , Tel 92-51-9204801-9214171, Fax 92-51-9207458


    SEND A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT TO AAFIA



    AAFIA SIDDIQUI # 90279-054
    FMC CARSWELL
    FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
    P.O. BOX 27137
    FORT WORTH, TX 76127





    This is how she was before all the torture, rape and oppression




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    Ramadan Campaign for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui - Week of Action


    Monday July 15th through Thursday July 18th!



    During the last week of May, 2013, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Muslim political prisoner, was physically assaulted in her prison cell and left unconscious and bleeding. She eventually received medical care after a two day delay.

    We are calling on all supporters of Dr. Siddiqui as well as all supporters of political prisoners held here in the US to join our week of action for Dr. Siddiqui from Monday July 15th through Friday July 19th!

    This is phase one of a broader campaign throughout the month of Ramadan. Details of the campaign, talking points, and a sample letter are below. This is your opportunity to take a stand against political targeting of Muslims and abuse of prisoners.


    We are demanding the following:

    1) An independent medical team from outside the Bureau of Prisons should be allowed to evaluate and treat Dr. Siddiqui;
    2) Her religious rights should be respected, including the right to be free from humiliating and degrading strip searches, access to religious materials, and non-contact with male prison staff. It is also Ramadan, and she should be provided appropriate accommodations to allow her to follow a prayer and fasting schedule;
    3) Permitted family visits (her last visit was over a year ago), without the usual degrading and punitive post-visit treatment that Dr. Siddiqui is exposed to; and
    4) More vigorous efforts on the part of the Pakistani government, and its representatives in the United States, to have Dr. Siddiqui repatriated to Pakistan so that she can be reunited with her family and children.

    The focus of this campaign is



    US

    Mohammad Aqil Nadeem (Consul General)
    Consulate of Pakistan-Houston, TX
    Telephone: 281-890-2223
    Fax: 281-890-1433
    Email: parephouston@sbcglobal.net

    and
    Ambassador: Dr. Asad Majeed Khan
    Embassy of Pakistan, Washington D.C
    Telephone 202-243-6500
    Fax: 202-686-1534
    Email: info@embassyofpakistanusa.org


    UK

    Mr. Wajid Shamsul Hasan - High Commissioner
    Telephone: 020 7664 9227
    High Commission
    36 Lowndes Square
    London SW1X 9JN
    Fax: 020 7664 9204
    Email: consularaffairs@mofa.gov.pk


    Click here for contact details of the Pakistani Consulate in Bradford, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow


    WHAT YOU CAN DO

    PHONE/FAX-IN CAMPAIGN-- Talking points for phone calls and sample letter for faxing are below.

    Please keep in mind in making phone calls that if/when you are told you cannot speak with the Consular General or Ambassador, ask to speak with his secretary/personal assistant and leave a message. Ask that the message be read back to you.

    1) On Monday, July 15th, please call the Consulate of Pakistan-Houston at 281-890-2223.
    2) On Tuesday, July 16th, please fax the Consulate of Pakistan-Houston at Fax: 281-890-1433.
    3) On Wednesday, July 17th, please call Ambassador: Dr. Asad Majeed Khan at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington D.C at 202-243-6500.

    4) On Thursday, July 18th, please fax the Ambassador: Dr. Asad Majeed Khan at Fax: 202-686-1534.



    SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS FOR PHONE CAMPAIGN AND LETTERS



    1) Briefly state your concerns regarding the safety and health of Dr. Siddiqui: Dr. Siddiqui was physically assaulted and left unconscious and bleeding in her cell. She received no medical care for two days.

    2) Stress the importance of the the Pakistani Consulate and Embassy strongly advocating for Dr. Siddiqui's repatriation to Pakistan - and, for as long as she remains imprisoned in the United States - her health, safety, and religious rights by:


    • Demanding that an independent medical team be permitted to examine and treat Dr. Siddiqui;
    • Demanding that her religious rights be respected, including the right to be free from humiliating
    • and degrading strip searches, access to religious materials, and non-contact with male prison staff. It is also Ramadan, and she should be provided appropriate accommodations to allow her to follow a prayer and fasting schedule;
    • Demanding that Dr. Siddiqui be permitted family visitation (without the degrading strip searches which routinely accompany Dr. Siddiqui's family visits);
    • Demanding Dr. Siddiqui be repatriated to Pakistan so that she can be reunited with her family and small children. Pakistani Consular officials should be more of an advocate for their citizen than the apologists they have sometimes shown themselves to be vis-a-vis the policies and practices of the Bureau Of Prisons.




    SAMPLE LETTER

    To whom it may concern,


    I am writing you out of concern for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. I was outraged to hear that Dr. Siddiqui was recently physically assaulted and left unconscious and bleeding in her prison cell. It is even more shocking that after such an incident, she received no medical care for two days. I am disappointed that neither the Pakistani Embassy nor the Pakistani Consulate have acted on behalf of Dr. Siddiqui who is a Pakistani national.
    The Consulate and Embassy should demand the following without delay:

    (a) An independent medical team be permitted to examine and treat Dr. Siddiqui;

    (b) Her religious rights be respected, including the right to be free from humiliating and degrading strip searches, access to religious materials, and non-contact with male prison staff. It is also Ramadan, and she should be provided appropriate accommodations to allow her to follow a prayer and fasting schedule;

    (c) Dr. Siddiqui should be permitted regular family visitation (without degrading strip searches); and
    (d) Dr. Siddiqui should be repatriated to Pakistan so that she can be reunited with her family and small children.

    Please let me know how you intend to respond in your role as advocate.

    Sincerely,

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    Breaking: Afia Siddiqi Possibly to Be Returned to Pakistan


    19 Jul


    Insha’Allah our Sister Aafia may be returned to Pakistan in a recently reported (see below) prisoner “exchange” agreement that is alleged to have been reached with the United States. We are hopeful that this is true, however there are still many things left unclear, namely when and if this exchange is to occur and what are the conditions of Dr. Siddiqi’s incarceration in her native country, as it seems one of the conditions of the exchange is that she completes her sentence in Pakistan. How much of that 86 year sentence she would be required to complete, as well in what type of facility she would be detained in all remain to be clarified.

    We ask Allah to free her and all of our prisoners, and we are hopeful that this is a step forward to sister Aafia returning to her family, and children free and healthy.

    In a major breakthrough, the US has offered Pakistan to sign prisoner swap agreement for the extradition of Dr Aafia Siddiqi, after which the Pakistani scientist will be allowed to serve the remaining part of her imprisonment in homeland.

    Talking to a private TV channel, the spokesperson of the foreign office Umar Hameed also confirmed that the US has offered Pakistan to sign prisoner swap agreement after which both countries will release each others prisoners.

    According to the documents, the US told Pakistan in writing that the only legal way for the extradition of Dr Aafia Siddiqi was to sign prisoner swap agreement with the US. The US offered two deals that include European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad in this regard.

    Meanwhile, it was also revealed that the Interior Ministry had formed a task force following the US offer which held its first session on July 3 to review the agreement.

    The task force was established under the directives of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the channel said.

    The Pakistani neuroscientist was sentenced to 86 years in prison after she was convicted of grabbing a US soldier s M-4 assault rifle and trying to shoot a group of FBI agents and soldiers at an Afghan police compound in July 2008, a charge she consistently denied during the trial.


    http://aseerun.org/2013/07/19/breaki...d-to-pakistan/

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    US conditions for release of Dr Aafia unacceptable: PTI

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has expressed its concern over the US government’s prisoners swap agreement with Pakistan, which calls for a release of Shakil Afridi in exchange for the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.

    Dr. Afridi has been detained on charges of helping the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hunt down Osama Bin Laden after which he was sentenced to 33-year jail in May last year for his links to a banned militant group.

    Aafia was sentenced to 86-year jail on September 23, 2010 after she was found guilty on seven counts, including attempted murder. She is currently being held at an American maximum-security prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

    According to US prosecutors, the day after her arrest, she grabbed an M-4 rifle in her interrogation room and started shooting while yelling “death to America.”

    The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf press release said that there are “serious issues” with accepting the conditions laid down by the US for the release of Aafia.

    The US government’s conditions to release Aafia dictates that Pakistan accept that she is a terrorist and should complete the remainder of her life sentence in Pakistan.

    Moreover, the conditions state that Pakistan should accept that her trial in the US was fair and justified.

    The PTI statement said that these conditions were unacceptable and hoped that the government would not accept any conditions forcibly asked for by the US government. It pointed out that US is under strong congressional pressure to seek the release of Afridi, who is termed “a collaborator of illegal US activities in Pakistan”.

    The PTI added that if the prisoners swap agreement is to work it should not be based on any conditions.

    “If the US insists on them, then there should be a mutual agreement to label the swapped prisoners as ‘terrorists’ or ‘traitors’”.

    Calling the US trial and conviction biased, the PTI release said that even though the people of Pakistan are eager for Aafia to return, they do not want to accept her as a terrorist simply at the behest of the US.

    http://www.thesiasat.com/2013/07/22/us-conditions-for-release-of-dr-aafia-unacceptable-pti/

    Comments:

    Why can’t she be pardoned by the President and flown back to Pakistan, a free woman. Our politicians shall once again enter into an agreement which allows them to hand over any Pakistani to their Foreign Lords. With politicians like these who needs enemies from outside!

    Raymond Davis should have been held by the government of Pakistan after the double murder of innocent Pakistanis. If he had been charged and given custodial sentence, he could have been exchanged for Dr. Afia. But of course the weak Pakistani government gave in too easily at the time.

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    The Strange Case of Aafia Siddiqui

    Gordon Duff - July 23, 2013

    In a surprise announcement, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui will be returned to Pakistan in what is called a “prisoner swap.”

    She had been kidnapped and tortured in the infamous Bagram CIA prison for years before being spirited to the United States. There she was tried and convicted in a travesty of immeasurable proportions.

    Why Alan Dershowitz didn’t help

    Dr. Aafia is neither Jewish nor wealthy. In fact, she was specifically targeted by groups supported by Dershowitz.

    Thus, it is strange that a legal ploy invented by Dershowitz will not only prove her innocence, but indict the US for war crimes and clearly demonstrate the role of Zionism in Bush era war crimes, crimes that have continued into the Obama administration.

    In a strange turn of events, I am reminded of Dr. Alan Dershowitz, whose “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” defense of O J Simpson led to an acquittal.

    Dershowitz is now calling for the arrest of prosecutors who ordered the arrest of “pretend policeman,” George Zimmerman, the young Jewish son of a powerful Washington judge who killed an unarmed Trayvon Martin in the third most publicized legal travesty of our time, the other being his defense of Claus von Bulow.

    Dershowitz was silent on the Siddiqui case, but we will demonstrate, beyond any reasonable doubt, how, using his logic, perhaps a less twisted and perverted version, proves Dr. Aafia innocent.

    However, we will begin with the background and why the persecution of Dr. Aafia became so important to the Zionist community, the neocons and the rabid White House gang of perverts and malcontents surrounding President Bush (43.)

    Background

    Why has it taken President Obama this long to redress another American war crime?

    There is a long and very hidden story here, a story that holds the real reason the United States would release what Israeli Judge Berman called “one of the worst terrorists in the history of the world,” and this is what he said before he heard the first word of what turned out to be, not just flimsy evidence but pure fabrication and lies.

    My pursuit of Dr. Aafia’s case

    I have been involved in this case on a personal basis for years. To get the truth about this case, I interviewed Pakistani political leader and friend, Imran Khan, General Hamid Gul, former Director General of Pakistan’s ISI, General Ahmad Surja Pasha, current Director General of Pakistan’s ISI, General Aslem Beg, former Chief of Staff of the Pakistani Army, Admiral Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey, former Chairman of Pakistan’s JCOS, and at least a dozen other political, military and intelligence figures.

    In Afghanistan, I interviewed a number of people whose names are best not revealed.

    The same goes for those interviewed in the US, including but not limited to White House and Pentagon intelligence and counter-terrorism officials, “retired” CIA officials and, through channels, General Colin Powell, former JCOS Chairman.

    All agreed on one thing: the case against Dr. Aafia was fabricated by the Bush regime and CIA and her prosecution was orchestrated by Israeli intelligence. The Musharraf regime in Pakistan assisted every step of the way. I carried a letter to Powell from his counterpart in Pakistan asking for the release of Dr. Aafia.

    Kangaroo court

    In 2008, Dr. Aafia was charged with assaulting a CIA interrogation (kidnapping and torture) squad in Bagram prison where she had been taken, raped and tortured for five years leaving her confined to a wheel chair. She was indicted as a terrorist.

    In 2010, a jury made up of largely Israeli citizens convicted Dr. Aafia. She was prosecuted by an Israeli and sentenced to 86 years in prison by Judge Berman, an Israeli citizen.

    Wikipedia

    The Wikipedia account of her arrest and trial is, as with any controversial subject or individual covered by Wikipedia, a fabrication by Israel’s intelligence services. They control Wikipedia and use it to provide cover for war crimes, smear campaigns and as cover for espionage operations.

    We are told by highly reliable sources that Wikipedia surrendered control of its organization based on a serious terrorist threat.

    Many Wikipedia “editors” are, in fact, terrorists, spies or highly disturbed persons who have turned an otherwise wonderful asset into a sewer.

    The truth, how it began

    Dr. Aafia was chosen at random based on orders given to the CIA by Irving Lowenstein, an Israeli citizen, son of an investment banker, acting as National Security Advisor to President Bush (43) Lowenstein, or “Libby” as he calls himself. He was later convicted of five felonies, but was released when his sentence was commuted.

    “Libby,” acting on orders of Vice-President Dick Cheney was told to provide “warm bodies” to be kidnapped, tortured and later convicted in order to promote President Bush’s imaginary scenario of “yellowcake” uranium being smuggled into Iran.

    Libby’s convictions were based on the obliteration of the CIA’s anti-proliferation division that had supplied information debunking the Bush theory to Wilson, husband of Valerie Plame.

    The exposure and destruction of the CIA’s anti-proliferation division, according to White House sources near the president, was actually ordered by President Bush and Vice-President Cheney in consultation with Karl Rove.

    Their goal was to eliminate any and all access to critical intelligence by Democratic leaders in the congress even if it meant destroying intelligence assets and sacrificing the lives of CIA agents and their contacts.

    This is how the government continues to talk about Iran’s nuclear program. All congressional briefings on nuclear proliferation are “outsourced” to private contractors owned by GOP officials who no longer brief even the Democratic heads of key senate committees.

    We are told even Republican Senator John McCain has been taken off the high level briefing risk as he has shown too much independence.

    CIA hires kidnap gang in Pakistan

    In 1999, General Musharraf seized power in Pakistan, almost simultaneous with the planned coup against the US government a year later.

    After 9/11, Musharraf declared war on Islamic fundamentalism and began accepting wide financial support from Jewish organizations within the US. Within days, General Hamid Gul, ISI chief during the critical Afghan conflict against the Soviets, had declared 9/11 a move against the US government by extremist elements.

    Weeks later, confirmed by official CIA sources, Osama bin Laden in his last proven press statement backed Gul’s statement and said that 9/11 was a false-flag attack orchestrated by groups within the US.

    In order to gain favor with the Bush regime, which had seized power in the US as he had in Pakistan, Musharraf tasked rogue units of the ISI with kidnapping innocent civilians and selling them, at $55,000 apiece, to the CIA to be imprisoned and tortured.

    Vice-President Cheney had put out a request for “warm bodies,” taxi drivers, school children, farmers, anyone that could be imprisoned or tortured, anyone that would bolster the numbers given to the press, hungry for news that the “evildoers of 9/11” were being brought to justice.

    In that process, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, wife of a Boston anesthesiologist, was abducted from the streets of Karachi, Pakistan along with her three children.

    Witnesses to the kidnapping claim her baby, Suleman, was stomped to death on the street before her CIA kidnappers threw her into one of their three Chevrolet “Denali” vehicles, the exact same vehicles described by the Delta Force as Osama bin Laden’s “escape vehicles,” the only vehicles of that type in the region.

    The fate of Dr. Aafia’s other children is less than clear. One was said to have been delivered to the family home in Pakistan with a message tied to her neck.

    No one has been able to verify if this is Miriam, who would have been held prisoner, as a small child, by the United States Air Force for 7 years.

    Dr. Aafia fared little better imprisoned on a military base in the US where she was continually abused and tortured, requiring hospitalization, in itself often more a danger than no medical care at all.

    Thus far, we are assured at least two children were murdered, one probably by CIA-hired kidnappers, one by US Air Force or CIA personnel in Afghanistan and the third is unclear.

    Bagram

    Siddiqui was then sent to Bagram Air Force Base, where, under the authority of Air Force commanders, the FBI, US Navy SEALS and US Army Special Forces, the then “White Lady of Bagram” was raped and tortured until her crippled and broken 87-pound body was shipped to the United States for a secret tribunal overseen by Israeli intelligence services from their vast headquarters in New York City.

    Aafia is one of the few prisoners to escape Bagram. American forces, working closely with drug enforcers from the hated Northern Alliance, regularly tortured and killed kidnap victims, usually Pashtun farmers, but often prisoners taken off the streets of Italy, Germany, Britain, Canada, Australia, Austria and even the United States.

    Witness accounts tell of prisoners being dragged behind Humvees until so much of their body was ripped away by the stones and gravel that the remainder could be shoveled into a plastic trash bag and thrown into a burn pit.

    Dead SEALs prove bin Laden capture a myth

    None received the mystical “burial at sea” supposedly supplied bin Laden. In a highly classified intelligence briefing by Pakistan’s ISPR authorized by Major General Athar Abbas, Osama bin Laden’s death in 2001 was confirmed.

    Author Jeff Gates attended that briefing with me. The murder of so many Navy SEALs, killed to cover this up, should have been unnecessary.

    Aafia’s alleged crime

    This is what we were told by associates in the FBI and US military who spoke with witnesses at the Aafia trial:

    “Aafia was brought into an interrogation room at Bagram. She was in a wheel chair and ‘semi-responsive.’ Two senior FBI interrogators were there, two Navy SEALs, one US Army Special Forces intelligence officer and a translator.

    Two US Air Force commandos, armed with M 4 carbines with 30 round magazines, were assigned as guards. Aafia suddenly and surprisingly leapt to her feet, knocked both FBI interrogators to the ground, subdued one of the Navy SEALs with a karate blow, hit the other with a spinning back kick, ripped one of the carbines from the terrified Air Force commando, but was prevented from taking over the facility by the brave Afghan interpreter who picked up the second carbine, dropped by the Air Force commando who fled the room screaming. The interpreter then shot Dr. Siddiqui in the abdomen.”

    As Jim W. Dean so often says, “you can’t make things like this up.”

    Slam Dunk

    The story, cleaned up, rewritten, rehearsed and “re-fictionalized,” was presented to a rigged jury in a “kangaroo court” in New York.

    Now for the “Dershowitz factor:

    ”The prosecution stated that Dr. Aafia was shot by her translator.”

    Dr. Aafia Siddiqui has a Doctorate of Microbiology degree from the MIT, one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Dr. Aafia lectured there for some years, in English. Dr. Aafia has spoken English all her life. Why was there a translator in the room?

    “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” in the words spoken by Attorney Johnny Cochrane, words suggested by Alan Dershowitz, words that led to the acquittal of O J Simpson.

    I can believe an 87-pound rape victim, tortured, crippled, could defeat Navy SEALS, pummel FBI interrogators and terrify Air Force commandos. However, nobody can believe the “translator,” not in a real trial.

    Problem is, Dr. Aafia never had a real trial. We don’t do that in America anymore.


    http://thecuriouscaseofaafiasiddiqui.blogspot.com.au
    - http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/07...aafia-siddiqui
    - http://www.thenational.ae/news/world...aafia-siddiqui


    Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, a combat infantryman, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. His career has included extensive experience in international banking along with such diverse areas as consulting on counter insurgency, defense technologies or acting as diplomatic representative for UN humanitarian and economic development efforts. Gordon Duff has traveled to over 80 nations. His articles are published around the world and translated into a number of languages. He is regularly on TV and radio, a popular and sometimes controversial guest.

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    Details of the family's postcard campaign can be found here.

    The address to write to Aafia is:


    AAFIA SIDDIQUI # 90279-054
    FMC CARSWELL
    FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
    P.O. BOX 27137
    FORT WORTH, TX 76127
    U.S.A


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    KIDNAPPED & TORTURED | U.S Attorney General Ramsey Clark on Aafia Siddiqui















































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    No faith in American justice: Aafia Siddiqui withdraws her appeal of 86-year prison term

    October 10, 2014




    Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui has withdrawn what is likely the final appeal of her conviction for attempted murder of American agents in Afghanistan. Islamist militants have attempted to free Siddiqui in prisoner swaps with the United States.


    US District Judge Richard Berman acknowledged the withdrawal on Thursday, saying Dr. Siddiqui had “clearly and unequivocally” requested an end to the appeal process. He ordered the case closed, adding that he would likely have ruled against Siddiqui anyway, Reuters reported.


    Berman wrote that she had adequate legal counsel and that he would not seek a hearing to further question her.


    Siddiqui, 42, is being held in a prison medical center in Texas where she is serving an 86-year sentence for allegedly shooting at FBI agents, US soldiers and interpreters who sought to interrogate her in Ghazni, Afghanistan for supposed links to Al-Qaeda. Shot in the abdomen, she was the only person wounded in the encounter.


    A jury found Siddiqui guilty in 2010. Her legal team had argued for an acquittal based on a lack of evidence that her rifle had fired. In 2012, an appeals court affirmed the conviction and sentence, rejecting claims that she had not received a fair trial.


    In May, a newly-appointed lawyer for Siddiqui filed the appeal of her conviction. Yet in July, Siddiqui directly appealed to Berman, stating in a letter that she had no faith in the US legal system and did not want to press further appeal.


    Siddiqui was educated in the US, holding degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University. She is a mother of three.


    Several Islamic militant groups have attempted to compel Siddiqui’s release through prisoner swaps. In August, Islamic State, the extremist group currently the target of US-led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, offered to release an American hostage in exchange for Siddiqui, among other demands that were all ultimately denied.


    In urging her release, Islamist groups have often cited allegations made by Siddiqui’s family that she was raped and tortured at Bagram Air Force Base.


    Siddiqui, also known as the 'Lady Al-Qaeda' and the 'Grey Lady of Bagram,' is unlikely to be allowed another appeal at this point barring extraordinary circumstances, such as new-found evidence. Thus, she might not understand the ramifications of her appeal withdrawal, wrote Robert Boyle - her attorney that filed the appeal on her behalf in May - to Judge Berman last month.


    According to Reuters, Boyle said last month that Siddiqui was likely unaware of the Islamic State swap proposal when she withdrew the appeal, and that given those circumstances, her actions should not be held against her.

    http://rt.com/usa/194940-aafia-siddi...LdI_hU.twitter

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    Rally Held in DC to Demand Independent Medical Team for Aafia Siddiqui

    MUSLIM LINK STAFF 11 APRIL 2015





    Mauri Saalakhan holds the microphone for Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, at a rally held in Washington DC on March 30, 2015 to demand answers from the Federal Bureau of Prisons about the health of Aafia Siddiqui. Photo by Muslim Link.

    Since the beginning of this year, Mauri Saalakhan has been traversing the east coast, talking about a "most important" protest in front of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington DC on behalf of Aafia Siddiqui.


    On March 30, 2015, his efforts and energy resulted in a rally of about two dozen people, half of which were journalists and co-sponsor representatives.


    For those who attended Saalakhan's past rallys for Aafia Siddqui, the low turnout was no surprise. Advocating for a woman for whose release the Taliban and the Islamic State reportedly offered to exchange prisoners is not a popular role.


    Siddiqui, 41, is the Pakistani born, American educated neuroscientist who disappeared along with her three young children in Pakistan on March 30, 2003. She reappeared in a weakened and metally compromised state on the streets of Ghazni, Afghanistan in July of 2008. Her supporters and indepenent researchers and journalists say there is ample evidence Siddiqui was held and tortured at the Bagram prison complex for five years. The notorious detention center was controlled by the United States at that time.


    Siddiqui was tried in New York for attempting to "murder US personnel" and convicted. A federal judge sentenced her to 86 years without the possibility of parole.


    Mauri Saalakhan is her most vocal and active supporter in the United States. He is also her most lonely.


    Saalakhan goes from city to city, masjid to masjid, and convention to convention with posters and banners calling for "Justice for Aafia" and "12 Years Too Long", but the organizations who respond are few. The outspoken Saalakhan names names, chastising the nation's large Islamic organizations for what he says is unconscionable silence.


    At the MArch 30 rally, Saalakhan stood in front of a large banner that said "free Aafia Siddiqui". Addressing the small gathering which was mostly non-Pakistani, he started with a background on the case, and mentioned that former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark called Aafia's case "the worst case of injustice he had ever seen."


    Saalakhan said the purpose of the rally was to demand the Federal Bureau of Prisons allow an "independent medical team" including Aafia's sister Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui to examine Aafia's physical and mental health. Aafia's family has had very little contact with her, and activists say the Bureau of Prisons is very uncooperative and is withholding information about Siddiqui.


    Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, the leader of the Masijd for Praising Allah in Roxbury, Massachusettes, traveled down to the Washington DC area for the rally. Faaruuq, who knew Aafia personally when she was a young Islamic activist in the Boston area, gave a talk at the Prince George's Muslim Association (PGMA) entitled "The Aafia I Knew" the evening before the rally.


    "I call upon Allah, that He gives the United States government a message, because they aren't listening," said Imam Faaruuq. Calling Aafia's case an example of "inhumanity", the Imam -- who also read a statement from Imam Siraj Wahaj and the leadership of the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA).


    Attorney Steve Downs and Dr. Maha Hilal, both representing the National Coalition to Protect Civil Liberties, and representatives from the Majlis Ash-Shura of New York City also spoke at the rally.


    Dr. Hilal, whose research includes human rights abuses in America's "War on Terror", said Aafia Siddiqui's case is setting a precedent for Muslim cases and everyone needs to push back. "There are Muslim organizations right up the street, why are they not here? I'm calling on the Muslims in this city to join this work to free Aafia Siddiqui," said Hilal.


    As Mauri Saalakhan prepared to address the street corner in the nation's capital, two non-Muslim young ladies who appeared to be college students stopped by at the rally, picked up some literature, and sat on the sidewalk to listen.


    http://www.muslimlinkpaper.com/commu...eid=83e6bcb3fa

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    Protesters again call for proof that doctor is alive in west Fort Worth prison
    Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was the first woman convicted of terrorism after 9-11

    She is in the women’s federal prison in west Fort Worth
    Supporters have not been allowed to visit her




    Protesters in front of the federal courthouse in Fort Worth Wednesday, March 30, 2016, are supporters of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui who is serving a sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell.
    Supporters of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who became the first female terrorism defendant arrested after 9-11, gathered Friday in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Fort Worth to demand proof that she is still alive and that she be released and returned to Pakistan.


    Siddiqui is serving an 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in west Fort Worth. She was convicted of attempted murder and assault against American agents who were interrogating her in 2010.


    The Fort Worth “mobilization” follows three others in March in northeastern cities.


    One of the protest organizers, Mauri Saalakhan, said March 30 was chosen “because it marks the 13th [anniversary] of her wrongful imprisonment.”


    Siddiqui supporters, including the Pakistani government, contend she and her three young children were kidnapped in Pakistan as part of a U.S.-ordered rendition operation based on erroneous intelligence.


    Heavy rain that swept through downtown late Friday afternoon broke up the protest early.

    Robert Cadwallader


    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/lo...#storylink=cpy
    http://www.star-telegram.com/news/lo...eid=83e6bcb3fa

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