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A 4 year old abducted by the American government

Posted by on May. 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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http://www.freeaafia.org/


Fahad Ansari
Justice for Aafia Coalition

On 3 May 2007, just days before her 4th birthday, British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal.
On 28 March 2003, another four year old girl, Maryam Siddiqui, disappeared in Pakistan alongside her mother and two siblings. Maryam reappeared at her home last week in equally  bizarre circumstances claiming she was kept in a “cold, dark room” for seven years, reportedly in Bagram. Apart from a few lone voices attempting to raise awareness about the case, there was international silence regarding the issue until the summer of 2008. Why? Because unlike Madeleine, Maryam’s kidnapping appears to be have been at the instigation of the US government.


On 3 May 2007, just days before her 4th birthday, British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal. Over the subsequent months, the case received international media coverage with daily coverage in Britain, Portugal and across the world. In addition to official investigations by the Portuguese and British police forces, at least five firms of private investigators had been engaged by a British tycoon, a former Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent, US firms and a Portuguese lawyer, to carry out inquiries. Elaborate video reconstructions, televised pleas for assistance and endorsements by celebrities followed. With such global efforts to locate the missing child, it was not surprising that the name Madeleine McCann was the topic of conversation in coffee shops, hairdressers, schools and campuses across the world. Tragically, despite these efforts, Madeleine remains missing today.


On 28 March 2003, another four year old girl, Maryam Siddiqui, disappeared in Pakistan alongside her mother and two siblings.Maryam reappeared at her home last week in equally  bizarre circumstances claiming she was kept in a “cold, dark room” for seven years, reportedly in Bagram. Apart from a few lone voices attempting to raise awareness about the case, there was international silence regarding the issue until the summer of 2008. Why? Because unlike Madeleine, Maryam’s kidnapping appears to be have been at the instigation of the US government.

It is worth delving into the background of this case to provide some context. On 7 July 2008, following a press conference in Pakistan led by British journalist Yvonne Ridley, the case of Maryam’s mother, Aafia Siddiqui began to receive mass international coverage and resulted in a series of political inquiries in Pakistan and the UK. After all, Siddiqui and her children had been missing for over five years in the most mysterious of circumstances. Within two weeks of the press conference, the US administration reported that Siddiqui had been arrested earlier that month by Afghani forces along with her then 11 year old son Ahmed, outside the governor of Ghazni’s compound, allegedly with manuals on explosives and ‘dangerous substances in sealed jars’ on her person. Siddiqui was later extradited to the US and despite a plethora of discrepancies in the evidence against her, was convicted in January 2010 of attempting to murder US personnel in Afghanistan. No terrorism charges were brought against her at any time.

Siddiqui and her lawyers have maintained throughout that she and her children were abducted in 2003 and detained in secret prisons since that time. Siddiqui alleges that she was tortured, raped and abused during this period and forced to walk naked over a desecrated copy of the Qu’ran. Throughout her detention, she knew nothing of her children’s welfare, although her interrogators threatened to torture and harm them if she did not cooperate. Siddiqui’s mother described how an intelligence agency official came to her house a week after the incident, and warned her not to make an issue out of her daughter’s disappearance or she would never see them again. Both the Pakistan government as well as US officials in Washington denied any knowledge of their detention.

However, in late August 2008, the lies began to unravel. Firstly, Michael G Garcia, the US attorney general of the southern region of New York confirmed in a letter to Siddiqui’s sister, Dr Fowzia Siddiqui, that her son, Ahmed had been in the custody of the FBI since 2003 and that he was currently in the custody of the Karzai government in Afghanistan. Earlier the US ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W Patterson had claimed that Washington had no information regarding the children. Ahmed was finally released to the custody of Siddiqui’s family in Pakistan in September 2009. He later gave a statement to police in Lahore that he had been held in a juvenile prison in Afghanistan for years. In February 2010 Ahmed described how, when he, his mother and siblings came out of their home, fifteen to twenty people, including a ‘white lady’ and members of the Pakistani intelligence services, the ISI, were waiting in three to four vehicles on the next street and subsequently kidnapped them. His mother was placed into one black car and he and his crying siblings into another.

On Sunday 4 April 2010, a twelve year old girl was brought by unidentified men to the family residence in Karachi. The girl told the Siddiqui family that her name was Fatima and that she could only speak English and Persian. Days later, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik revealed that a DNA test proved that the girl’s DNA matched that of her brother Ahmed and Siddiqui’s ex-husband Dr Amjad Khan, confirming that she was in fact, Maryam, the missing daughter of Aafia Siddiqui. Chairman of the Pakistani Senate's Standing Committee on Interior, Senator Talha Mehmood, further divulged that Maryam was recovered from Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan where she was with an American man named ‘John’. He claims that she had been kept in a “cold, dark room” at the US airbase in Bagram for the past seven years.

 

Siddiqui’s youngest child, Suleman – only six months old at the time of his disappearance remains unaccounted for. Rumours, apparently confirmed by Siddiqui’s lawyer Elaine Sharpe after her trial, circulated for years that he was killed at the time of his abduction.  Siddiqui was later shown a picture of her baby, lying in a pool of blood. It is not known whether he is still alive.

Irrespective of the allegations against Dr Aafia Siddiqui, questions must be answered regarding the disappearance and apparent detention of her three children. The world was shocked when it emerged that teenagers were being held at Guantanamo Bay. Some of those, like Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, have matured into adults during their imprisonment and remain there to this day. What we are dealing with in this case are toddlers who have been treated as terror suspects.

That even now, with the lies of the US government finally unravelling, whilst Pakistan’s streets have been raging with protestors and with week-long vigils beginning in London and New York, that the Western media still refuses to report this case speaks volumes of the state of denial they continue to be in. Unlike the case of Madeleine McCann which appears to have involved a regular kidnapping by persons unknown, it is too disturbing a thought to suppose that in Maryam’s case, the US government may have imprisoned these young children in a foreign detention facility, notorious for the torture and murder of detainees, away from all family and friends for seven years. It is even more horrific to think that they may have murdered a young baby during the kidnapping.

The tragic reality is that Maryam is not the first four year old girl to be detained in the War on Terror. An American four year old girl, Rahma Maldonado and Kenyan Hafsa Swaleh were among other children of a similar age detained in inhumane conditions away from their parents in the Horn of Africa. Their crime – they were the children of terror suspects. Although their detention was far shorter, the fact that it warranted little, if any, attention in the Western media suggests that when it comes to Muslim children detained in the War on Terror, not all children are equal.

We may never know the full truth and reality of what Ahmed, Maryam and Suleman have had to endure for the last seven years but Western media outlets must be true to the principles of investigative journalism and at least raise these difficult questions, no matter how distressing the answers may be. Madeleine McCann and Maryam Siddiqui were two toddlers, worlds apart, but who lived the same reality – abduction. For both, it was the worst of times. Why then the double-standard?

Fahad Ansari is the spokesman for JFAC

by on May. 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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tericared
by on May. 2, 2010 at 9:35 PM

 Madeleine McCann and Maryam Siddiqui were two toddlers, worlds apart, but who lived the same reality – abduction. For both, it was the worst of times. Why then the double-standard?

Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty. -Bill Maher

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on May. 3, 2010 at 12:27 AM

 Has anyone read " The Assault on Reason" by AL Gore? You know the man who ran for president and got the popular vote, but votes were stolen out of Florida? Have you read the book? You can be held, there can be a secret trial, you don't have to be told the charges. These laws came underbeing under a republican president BUSH. Do I believe this story? Yes I do. Under homeland security your rights have been taken away as an American  ----  heaven help you if you are a toddler, and your mother has been charged, and you are in a another country and the US holds you under these laws, or heaven forbid, the US tosses you to another country which the US has been known to do.

stormcris
by Christy on May. 3, 2010 at 12:33 AM

 There is information about this type behavior way before Bush. It has been done for some time.

Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

 Has anyone read " The Assault on Reason" by AL Gore? You know the man who ran for president and got the popular vote, but votes were stolen out of Florida? Have you read the book? You can be held, there can be a secret trial, you don't have to be told the charges. These laws came underbeing under a republican president BUSH. Do I believe this story? Yes I do. Under homeland security your rights have been taken away as an American  ----  heaven help you if you are a toddler, and your mother has been charged, and you are in a another country and the US holds you under these laws, or heaven forbid, the US tosses you to another country which the US has been known to do.

 

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on May. 3, 2010 at 12:37 AM

 Ah it may have been done with the clandestine CiA, but now it is legal under homeland security. BIG DIFFERENCE that that is our law now, and it is legal.

tericared
by on May. 3, 2010 at 12:49 AM

 

Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

 Has anyone read " The Assault on Reason" by AL Gore? You know the man who ran for president and got the popular vote, but votes were stolen out of Florida? Have you read the book? You can be held, there can be a secret trial, you don't have to be told the charges. These laws came underbeing under a republican president BUSH. Do I believe this story? Yes I do. Under homeland security your rights have been taken away as an American  ----  heaven help you if you are a toddler, and your mother has been charged, and you are in a another country and the US holds you under these laws, or heaven forbid, the US tosses you to another country which the US has been known to do.

 Amazing how little most know about our rights, or lack there of....

Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty. -Bill Maher

Grannygoli
by Gold Member on May. 3, 2010 at 7:35 AM

I have not read it but I understand it.  On top of all of that, this woman was not charged with anything when they abducted her and her children and put her in solitary confinement.  No charges, no trial, just throw in some dark cel and tortured until they found a way to charge her with no evidence whatsoever against her.  That is an assault on reason and human rights and a host of other human qualities.

Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

 Has anyone read " The Assault on Reason" by AL Gore? You know the man who ran for president and got the popular vote, but votes were stolen out of Florida? Have you read the book? You can be held, there can be a secret trial, you don't have to be told the charges. These laws came underbeing under a republican president BUSH. Do I believe this story? Yes I do. Under homeland security your rights have been taken away as an American  ----  heaven help you if you are a toddler, and your mother has been charged, and you are in a another country and the US holds you under these laws, or heaven forbid, the US tosses you to another country which the US has been known to do.


TemptMagick7
by New Member on May. 3, 2010 at 7:38 AM

bump so I can read later

Grannygoli
by Gold Member on May. 3, 2010 at 7:39 AM

I believe that.  Bush did not start all of it but one has to do the research to see this stuff.

On top of that, now they have more of this stuff.  She is being held right now in a new type of prison set up by Obama.  I forgot the name of that type of prison but it is insane.  There is a story on democracynow.org about it but i have not read that story yet and will find it if I have time.

Quoting stormcris:

 There is information about this type behavior way before Bush. It has been done for some time.

Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

 Has anyone read " The Assault on Reason" by AL Gore? You know the man who ran for president and got the popular vote, but votes were stolen out of Florida? Have you read the book? You can be held, there can be a secret trial, you don't have to be told the charges. These laws came underbeing under a republican president BUSH. Do I believe this story? Yes I do. Under homeland security your rights have been taken away as an American  ----  heaven help you if you are a toddler, and your mother has been charged, and you are in a another country and the US holds you under these laws, or heaven forbid, the US tosses you to another country which the US has been known to do.

 


pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on May. 3, 2010 at 8:40 AM

There needs to be some facts before this article can be believed.  Anything that is linked to the ISI is suspect.  They are a lying, stealing terrorist siding group given great power within the Paki government.  They have spent many years betraying the U.S. on all levels.

Grannygoli
by Gold Member on May. 3, 2010 at 10:22 PM

There are facts.  I am not going to do the research for you but if you want to see the facts, see democracynow.org and search for Aafia Sadighi who is the woman that the U.S. government has thrown in solitary confinement with no charges whatsoever for 7 years! 

You do not want to see the facts because you want to believe that your government is good and that it does not do evil things to people.  You are in denial!

By the way, the Pakistani government has helped the U.S. government.  They are the ones who helped abduct her. 

If you want to know the real terrorists, look at your own government.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

There needs to be some facts before this article can be believed.  Anything that is linked to the ISI is suspect.  They are a lying, stealing terrorist siding group given great power within the Paki government.  They have spent many years betraying the U.S. on all levels.


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