Important New Information on Aafia Siddiqui's Case - by Stephen Lendman
Numerous previous articles discussed how Washington/Pakistani collusion victimized her. A brief recap explains.
In March 2003, after visiting her family in Karachi, Pakistan, government Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents, in collaboration with Washington, abducted her and her three children en route to the airport for a flight to Rawalpindi. Handed to US authorities, she was secretly incarcerated at one or more prisons, including Afghanistan's Bagram for more than five years of brutal torture and unspeakable abuse.
Bogusly charged and convicted, she was guilty only of being Muslim in America at the wrong time. A Pakistani national, she was deeply religious, very small, thoughtful, studious, quiet, polite, shy, soft-spoken, barely noticeable in a gathering, not extremist or fundamentalist, and, of course, no terrorist.
She attended MIT and Brandeis University where she earned a doctorate in neurocognitive science. She did volunteer charity work, taught Muslim children on Sundays, distributed Korans to area prison inmates, dedicated herself to helping oppressed Muslims worldwide, yet lived a quiet, unassuming nonviolent life.
Nonetheless, she was accused of being a "high security risk" for alleged Al-Qaeda connections linked to planned terrorist attacks against New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building, accusations so preposterous they never appeared in her indictment.
The DOJ's more likely interest was her connection through marriage to a nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), the bogusly charged 9/11 mastermind who confessed after years of horrific torture. US authorities tried using them both - to coerce KSM to link Siddiqui to Al Qaeda, and she to acknowledge his responsibility for 9/11 - something she knew nothing about or anything about her distant relative.
Her trial was a travesty of justice based on the preposterous charge that in the presence of two FBI agents, two Army interpreters, and three US Army officers, she (110 pounds and frail) assaulted three of them, seized one of their rifles, opened fire at close range, hit no one, yet she was severely wounded.
No incriminating forensic evidence exists. Nothing credible was presented at trial. Some materials were kept secret. The proceedings were carefully orchestrated. Witnesses were either enlisted, pressured, coerced, and/or bought off to cooperate, then jurors intimidated to convict. Her attorney, Elaine Whitfield Sharp, said their verdict was "based on fear, not fact."
On September 23 in federal court, US District Court Judge Richard Berman sentenced her to 86 years in prison - a gross miscarriage of justice, compounding her abduction, imprisonment, torture, prosecution, and conviction on bogus charges.
An innocent abused woman, she's currently imprisoned in solitary confinement at FMC Carswell, Federal Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX where her mental and physical health deteriorates.
New Facts Revealed
The International Justice Network (IJN) is "a non-profit human rights organization that provides legal assistance to survivors of human rights abuses and their families." Representing Siddiqui's family, it conducted extensive research, revealing previously unknown or unconfirmed facts about her abduction, disappearance, and subsequent events. It's new report explains titled, "Aafia Siddiqui: Just the Facts," saying:
"IJN's preliminary investigation has revealed shocking new evidence that contradicts repeated (US/Pakistani) claims" of neither country's involvement until July 2008. Recorded witness testimonies and corroborating evidence showed they lied.
In secretly recorded testimony, Superintendent of Sindh Province Police confirmed his personal involvement in arresting and abducting Siddiqui and her three small children in March 2003. Local Karachi authorities were involved, participating with Pakistani intelligence (ISI), CIA and FBI agents.
The day Siddiqui and her children disappeared, "an unidentified man visited the family home in Karachi," threatening her mother to say nothing if she wanted to see them again alive. Within months of her abduction, Pakistani authorities also cooperated with Washington in seizing dozens of other foreign nationals, wanted by US authorities.