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The Other Terrorist Being Tried In NYC

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Pakistani political party activists and human rights activists hold placards featuring images of US detained Pakistani woman Aafia Siddiqui during an anti-US protest in Islamabad.

More discord at NY trial of al-Qaida supporter

By Tom Hays, Associated Press Writer Mon Jan 25

NEW YORK – A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist linked to al-Qaida got into trouble again Monday in federal court after twice interrupting the sometimes tearful testimony of an American solider who claimed he shot her in self defense in Afghanistan in 2008.

"I feel sorry for you," Aafit Saddiqui blurted out at one point at her attempted murder trial in Manhattan. After a judge had deputy U.S. marshals remove her, she pointed at the witness and muttered something else before disappearing behind a side door.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman allowed Saddiqui to return later, but kicked her out again amid another rambling tirade about injustice. At the end of the day, the defense argued that the removals made her look bad in front of the jury and asked for a mistrial, which the judge denied.

"It’s highly appropriate for her to be escorted out of the courtroom when she acts out," he said.

Siddiqui — a specialist in neuroscience who trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University — has insisted in previous courtroom rants that she’s innocent. She also has refused to work with her defense attorneys, including some paid for by the Pakistani government.

Authorities allege that Siddiqui, 37, is an al-Qaida supporter who was detained at an Afghan police station on July 18, 2008, after being caught carrying handwritten notes referencing a "mass casualty attack" and listing the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and other New York City landmarks.

Before she could be interrogated in an Afghan police office, prosecutors say she managed to grab a military assault rifle set down by a U.S. Army soldier and open fire at American personnel, but missed. The soldier, a chief warrant officer, shot her with his pistol during a struggle.

On Monday, the officer appeared in uniform and used a cane as he limped into court to testify on condition that he not be identified…

He testified Afghan authorities had told him Siddiqui had been restrained, and was shocked when she sudden appeared from behind a curtain wielding his M4 rifle and yelling, "Allah akbar," Arabic for "God is great."

"It was pretty amazing she got that thing up and squared off," he said. "She was looking at me and aiming dead at me."

Hearing the rifle go off, the officer said he followed his military training and pulled his pistol. Siddiqui was wrestling with an interpreter when he shot her in the stomach.

"I operated within the rules of engagement to eliminate the threat," he said.

Siddiqui’s outbursts weren’t the only disruptions of the day: The judge removed two jurors who told him in private that they couldn’t be impartial because a spectator had pointed at them and mouthed an obscenity. They were replaced and the man was barred from the courtroom.

And this trial is getting almost no attention from our media watchdogs.

Wait until we have the ‘trial of the century’ with Mr. Khalid Sheik Mohammed. It will top Ringling Brothers as a circus spectacle.

By the way, was Ms. Saddiqui read her Miranda rights before she began shooting?

Let’s hope all of the niceties were preserved.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “The Other Terrorist Being Tried In NYC”

  1. canary says:

    Hearing of NY Terrorist with team of both American & Pakistan lawyers defense, turning into a mess, removed from court twice as soldier tearfully testifies.

    Mistrial requested, & 2 jurors removed & replaced with alternates

    AP: CWO confronts suspect in Afghan shooting
    By Tom Hays – Jan 25 2010

    NEW YORK — A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist linked to al-Qaida got into trouble again Monday in federal court after twice interrupting the sometimes tearful testimony of an American solider who claimed he shot her in self defense in Afghanistan in 2008….

    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/01/ap_army_afghanistan_shooting_trial_012510/

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Notice how much safer you feel since Obama got rid of the threat level colors. Fear Not! Ol’ RB has a new method.

    SODA! That’s right, we’ll gauge the Obamanation’s threat level with soda drinks. For instance.

    Low is light green i.e. Mountain Dew

    Moderate? Say grape soda

    Elevated? Gotta go with Orange soda

    Severe? None other than Dr. Pepper

    There you have it. My contribution to a non offensive manner of communicating to the American people. Then again, somebody’ll probably have a problem with it.

  3. sheehanjihad says:

    I hate to say it, but this is another prime example of why one should not take any prisoners for any reason whatsoever. Instead of shooting her in the stomach and having this circus running at the taxpayer’s expense, a carefully placed shot to the temple would have eliminated all of this BS.

    A Muslim prisoner is a mouthpiece for Islam….and our courts are enabling them to spout their agenda under the guise of a “fair trial”. I am of the firm belief that a full metal jacket suppository would prevent that from happening.

    They exist only to murder….they kill for the right to enter their idea of heaven. I submit that we should increase our effort to assist them in that endeavor. Every time…regardless. That would clear the dockets in our already overcrowded courts…

  4. Tater Salad says:

    We have a terrorist supporter right here in our own government:

    We have a U.S. Congressman who supports Hamas:

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/1940

  5. JohnMG says:

    …..”U.S. District Judge Richard Berman allowed Saddiqui to return later, but kicked her out again amid another rambling tirade about injustice……..the defense argued that the removals made her look bad in front of the jury…..”

    Well, duh!!!!!!

    “Does this dress make my ass look fat?” No. Your ASS makes your ass look fat!!!!


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