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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Aafia Siddiqui Sentenced:
A Grievous Miscarriage of Justice
By Stephen Lendman
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 27, 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
Earlier articles explained her case in detail,
accessed through the following links:
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.
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.
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
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:
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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