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The case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui illuminates yet again the many-sided criminal face of the United States government in Afghanistan. Here, the following two are the most obvious; the face that proclaims adherence to human rights while fighting their war on ‘terror’, and the face that brings ‘liberation’ to Afghan woman.
Suspected of being an Al-Qaeda ‘facilitator’, this Pakistani American woman was reported to have been abducted while on a visit to Karachi in March 2003 with her three children; and, was held in solitary confinement in Afghanistan’s Bagram jail till July 2008.
Last month, she reappeared in Ghazni and was arrested, this time officially, by Afghan National Police, and was later brought over to United States by US government operatives.
Known also as ‘Prisoner 650’ and ‘the Grey Ghost Lady of Bagram jail’, Aafia reappears five years later in a wheel chair. It is feared that she is bleeding internally, that she may have survived rape in Bagram prison; and that, “one of her kidneys had been removed while in captivity; her teeth had been removed; her nose had been broken, and improperly reset; that her recent gun-shot wound had been incompetently dressed, was oozing blood, leaving her clothes soaked with blood.” Wikipedia
All this while the whereabouts of Aafia’s children are still unknown.
Regardless of her political affiliations, Dr. Siddiqui must be given the right to a fair trial for any ‘terrorist’ activity that she may have undertaken. As well, she must be given the power to charge US authorities for the crimes that they have committed against her and her family during the past five years.
Your signature on the following Petition will help bring justice to Aafia:
Liberate the Prisoner 650: The Grey Ghost Lady of Bagram-jail