Dec. 01, 2010
By: Mauri' Saalakhan
"Plausible Denial" is one of the oldest tricks in the government playbook, and that is precisely what we are getting in the WikiLeaks release on Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. (see Guardian report below)
While U.S. "diplomats" may or may not have been aware of Aafia's whereabouts, her captors, which included American agents, knew precisely where she was! Anyone who objectively connects the dots of what is known will easily be able to see this for themselves.
The U.S. embassy reportedly wrote on July 31, 2008, "Bagram officials have assured us that they have not been holding Siddiqui for the last four years, as has been alleged." Well this is precisely what Bagram and Pentagon "officials" said to the British investigative journalist Yvonne Ridley in 2008. They initially denied that any woman was being held at Bagram. They were later forced to retract that lie, only to compound it with another: There was one woman, but it wasn't Aafia Siddiqui.
What do we know? According to Yvonne Ridley and Moazzam Beg (a former unjustly held "war on terrorism" detainee), we know that four men escaped from Bagram in 2008, and in recounting their observations and experiences shared information about a young Pakistani woman who could only be identified by her number "650." We know that this woman suffered physical abuse and torture; and that she was also tortured mentally and emotionally (as only a mother could be) by having her children torn away from her, and not knowing where they were.
What we know is that after a former British detainee, Binyan Mohamed, was released from his secret detention and allowed to return home, he positively identified Aafia Siddiqui, from a photograph, as the woman he SAW WITH HIS OWN EYES at Bagram.
What we know is that a request was made, and a determination given, that during the trial of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui at a federal courthouse in New York City, those missing five years in Aafia's life were officially ordered to be "off limits." The only time we got a partial glimpse into those missing years was when Aafia took the stand herself, and, over the repeated objections of government prosecutors, pulled back the curtain just a little! Why did they object? Because the government has a lot to hide!
And finally, we also know that in March 2003 Pakistani officials initially admitted to capturing Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and handing her over to the Americans; only to later backtrack on that admission – no doubt, after realizing how much of a political hot potatoe it might become in the future.
While the trial has now ended, and Dr. Aafia Siddiqui has been safely put away, efforts are still being made to keep this long suffering woman in complete and total isolation. She has yet to receive a visit from her own blood brother, Muhammad Siddiqui, after numerous attempts. Why? Because while theoretically he's on an approved list for visitation, "special rules" apply to his sister! (Because the oppressors still feel the need to cover their asses.)
I believe it was Winston Churchill who once said: "During times of war, the truth is so precious it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies." What we are seeing in the WikiLeaks release on Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, is nothing more that a 21st century manifestation of that rather dubious principle, still in play.