February 23, 2009
Aafia Siddiqui and the Lying Jihadis That Support Her
[UPDATE: Aafia "Fit for Trial"]
The pic above is widely circulated on the internet and by the MSM as evidence that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was "tortured" while in US custody. The case has generated outrage all over the Muslim world, and several Taliban and al Qaeda videos show "martyrs" killing in revenge for her alleged mistreatment.
The problem? Dr. Siddiqui's former husband is now claiming that the photo was taken before she disappeared from Pakistan only to turn up years later in Afghanistan:
"He added that Dr Fowzia had similarly threatened him several years ago by taking a picture of Aafia while she was asleep after she injured her upper lip (by a milk bottle) in an accident. Dr Fowzia warned Amjad that if he tried to divorce Aafia, she would use the picture against him alleging him to be an abusive husband. 'It was made to appear in the picture that Aafia was badly injured. Today, the same picture is being circulated in the media to claim that Aafia was tortured for years in Bagram,'” he revealed."Let me reiterate: this is a big deal in the Muslim world. People have died over the outrage this case has generated.
The al Qaeda narrative that Siddiqui is an innocent woman who was abducted by US agents and held for years at Bagram air base where she was systematically raped and tortured as "Prisoner 650" is widely believed. There is no evidence of this, but there is substantial evidence that Siddiqui -- including the testimony of Khalid Shiekh Mohammad -- was a key al Qaeda financier. There is also a good case to be made that Siddiqui is insane, and it looks like that is the line of defense her lawyers may use at her upcoming attempted murder trial.
UPDATE: Good news, it looks like she'll be going to trial after all:
"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."Remember, being psychological fit for trial does not necessarily mean she isn't a nutcase. It just means she is able to understand the proceedings enough to help in her own defense and that she is morally culpable for her actions. From what her ex-husband writes of her, she seems to suffer delusions that there is a grand Zionist Juice / American Crusader plot against Muslims. Which is a paranoia common to jihadis and their ilk.
Thanks to Miss Kelly.