February 3rd, 2010
05:29 PM ET

Jury: Scientist tried to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan

New York  - Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui was convicted Wednesday of attempting to kill Americans in Afghanistan in 2008.  The jury found Siddiqui guilty of seven counts, including attempted murder and armed assault on U.S. officers.  Prosecutors said Siddiqui shot at two FBI special agents, a U.S. Army warrant officer, an Army captain and military interpreters while she was being held unsecured at an Afghan facility on July 18, 2008.

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  1. R Lem

    To Mr. Smith, Perhaps you could produce the "transcripts" you are referring to. f not, what you say is merely heresay. Instead of spending time on this Pakistani women (who did not have a bomb. . .), I suggest you go to Afghanistan and fight for womens rights. I'm sure your efforts will be much more appreciated.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ LadyJ, the court transcripts indicated the prosecution could not produce any evidence of bullet casings supposedly fired by the defendant, no evidence of any bullet holes in the police station and the weapon itself showed no indication it was even fired.

    Innocent? A guilty finding is BEYOND any reasonable doubt. There is PLENTY of reasonable doubts in regards to the assertions by the prosecution on this woman.

    The before and after photos appear to me to be someone that was tortured and beaten. It certainly wouldn't be beyond the practices of the CIA to separate someones children and let the person being tortured to hear their repeated screams and cries for help in a perverted effort to crack the person being tortured for information.

    This woman was previously held in secret CIA prisons for what 3 years on no charges whatsoever.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. LadyJ

    Hey A. Smith,

    Ever here of Hunger Strike? Look it up, others have looked just as bad or worse because THEY CHOSE not to eat.

    How do you know there was no bullet holes in this room somewhere in Afghanistan?
    Were you there? Oregon.

    How do you know she is so innocent? How many YEARS in prison? 18 mos. doesn't seem like the time your trying to get people to believe. Seems rather short for trying to commit murder.

    Family probably have the kids.

    Why are you so hostile? Muslim?

    February 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    After years in CIA secret torture prisons, without any charges, separated from her children ALL of whom have disappeared and likely murdered by the CIA, this woman is accused and convicted of grabbing a weapon from a un-named solider and firing at several of those interrogating her.

    No bullet holes, no shell casings and the weapon in question allegedly showed no evidence of being fired. No one was shot, except for herself by the same men.

    How do you spray bullets in a police office interrogation room and have NOT ONE BULLET HOLE found?

    What happened to this woman's children? It seems just as reasonable that one of the interrogators didn't like what her responses were to his questions and shot her, then blamed the action as necessary and backed up by his fellow officers.

    Can anyone receive a fair and unbiased trial in New York City? I do not think so if that person is accused of terrorism or colluding with terrorists. They would convict a ham sandwich if that sandwich was a Muslim.

    This womans photo in the police station showed marked malnutrition compared to her previous photos. Her sunken cheeks are clearly seen which she attributes to lengthy containment in a secret CIA prison where she stated she was beaten and tortured.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |