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12 YEARS TOO LONG!!! THE WASHINGTON MOBILIZATION FOR DR. AAFIA SIDDIQUI
Posted date: March 15, 2015
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a subdivision of the US Department of Justice, is responsible for the administration of the federal prison system. The Federal Home Loan Bank Board Building, located on Capitol Hill, houses the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC. (website: www.bop.gov)
This will be the site of a very important action on Monday, March 30th. Dr. Aaafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani-born, American educated neuroscientist – who (in addition to her academic brilliance) was widely known and respected for her work in the area of dawah and humanitarian relief – has been so cutoff from the outside world that her family doesn’t even know (with certainty) whether she is alive or dead.
On March 30, 2003, shortly after her return to Pakistan, Dr. Siddiqui and her three young children (ages 6, 4, and six months) were the targets of a rendition operation carried out by Pakistani and American agents. In 2008, after it was discovered that Aafia was a secretly-held prisoner at the American controlled “detention center” in Bagram, Afghanistan, she was released in a severely weakened state, reunited with her son Ahmed, and set up to be killed.
Aafia was shot by an American soldier (while awaiting re-interrogation); brought back to the United States and later put on trial in a federal courthouse in New York City (2010); found guilty of “attempting to murder US personnel” in Afghanistan (despite all of the evidence in her favor); and given a sentence of 86 YEARS (Life without the possibility of parole)!
Presiding US District Judge Richard Berman recently ended the appeals process for Aafia; she is now cut off from any possibility of legal redress!
Aafia’s two oldest children (Ahmed and Maryam) were returned to the family home in Karachi in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The youngest child (Suleman) is still missing and presumed dead. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has called Aafia’s ordeal “the worst case of individual injustice I have ever witnessed.”
In the same month, March 2015, that tens of thousands of concerned citizens will be taking to the streets of the nation’s capitol (cumulatively hundreds of thousands in major cities throughout America) to demonstrate their principled opposition to endless war (see below), the supporters of this innocent Muslim woman invite you to join us as well. For Aafia’s case symbolizes in a very powerful way, the very real and human consequence of endless war!
The objective of the March 30 Mobilization will be to demand that federal authorities allow an Independent Medical Team (IMT) to enter FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, TX, to examine Dr. Siddiqui – to determine: (a) she is still alive; (b) the exact state of her physical and mental health.
For more information on Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, her case, and the international campaign for her release and repatriation go to: www.aafiamovement.com
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A FINAL NOTE: The call for this March 30th Mobilization is just three days old, and we’ve already received endorsements from Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Masjid At-Taqwa (Brooklyn, NY); the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA); Albany, NY-based Project SALAM and the Muslim Solidarity Committee.