US Denies Siddiqui Was Held Prior to Last Month
Another day yet another Aifia Siddiqui protest.
While the Siddiqui case isn't garnering much attention here, it's HUGE in Pakistan, as you know. I can't believe how many Pakistanis believe that she's been "continuously tortured and raped" by Americans for five years at Bagram.It's true, not only in Pakistan but around the Muslim world tens of millions of people actually believe that Siddiqui was held for years and routinely tortured and raped. Not only that, but they believe that she is representative of many other Muslim women who the U.S. tortures --- for the fun of it or because we are a bunch of Islamophobes. She reprints this:
"But yesterday, US officials vehemently denied that Siddiqui had been in American custody until her recent arrest." "Dean Boyd, a Justice Department spokesman, called the allegations 'absolutely baseless and false.' A CIA spokesman also denied that she had been detained." " 'For several years, we have had no information regarding her whereabouts whatsoever,' said Gregory Sullivan, a State Department spokesman on South Asian affairs. 'It is our belief that she . . . has all this time been concealed from the public view by her own choosing.'Meshes well with the notion I have that Siddiqui wanted to get caught, doesn't it? A theory that Miss Kelly heard from a colleague and which Newbie keeps coming back to is that Siddiqui was being held by the Pakistani ISI--either in some kind of witness protection program or in some kind of nameless horror that must by a Pakistani detention center--and that she was dumped in Afghanistan after pressure mounted for her release early last month. Like I've said, I'm not inclined to buy into that story. It seems much more likely to me that she wanted to get caught in order to garner more support for al Qaeda which uses the "US tortures/rapes Muslim women" as justification for spectacular terror attacks. I fully expect that the next successful al Qaeda attack will be done in Siddiqui's name. I also can't help but wonder if her capture might help explain how we were able to kill "the commander of al Qaeda in Afghanistan", Abu Saeed al-Masri today? It stands to reason that if the two are related then any intel she gave us must have been fresh enough to use, and therefore, contrary to the widespread conspiracy theories in the Muslim world, she has not been in either our or the Pakistani's custody until very recently.