Friday, September 24, 2010

'Lady Al Qaeda' sentenced to 86 years in prison ~ gives last court performance


Lady Al Qaeda asks her fans in the courtroom to forgive the judge for sentencing her ~ as the Prophet forgave all his enemies. Those he did not behead ~ that is! If they were lucky enough to get away ~ then he offered them his forgiveness!! It could even be considered a threat.

In any case ~ why didn't she consider the loving side of Muhammad before?


She was caught in Afghanistan in 2008 with poisonous chemicals, bomb-making instructions and a list of New York landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building.

Lady Al Qaeda was sentenced to 86 years in prison on Thursday for trying to kill U.S. soldiers and intel officers in Afghanistan.

Aafia Siddiqui, 38, her face covered with a white head scarf, turned to supporters in a Manhattan federal courtroom and asked them to forgive the judge.

"I'm one person and the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, forgave all his personal enemies," she said. "Forgive everybody in my case. Please ... the world is full of injustices. ... And also forgive Judge Berman."

Siddiqui, who was married to the nephew of the terrorist who masterminded the 9/11 attack, was convicted this year of attempted murder, weapons possession and other crimes.

"Aafia Siddiqui attempted to murder Americans serving in Afghanistan, as well as their Afghan colleagues," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. "She now faces the stiff consequences of her violent actions."

She was caught in Afghanistan in 2008 with poisonous chemicals, bomb-making instructions and a list of New York landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building.

While being questioned in an Afghan police station, she grabbed a rifle and shot at U.S. soldiers, translators, FBI agents and others who were questioning her.

The only one injured, however, was Siddiqui when the soldier whose weapon she swiped shot her in the stomach.

Investigators believe the Brandeis and MIT-educated neuroscientist was radicalized after she married her second husband, whose uncle was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged planner of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Siddiqui, who made several bizarre outbursts during her trial, deserved the minimum because psychologists hired by the defense said she was mentally ill, defense lawyer Dawn Cardi said.

Berman noted that prosecution psychologists disputed the diagnosis and Siddiqui insisted several times yesterday - between telling Berman about visions of Muhammed and Jesus - that she had no mental health issues.

"I'm not paranoid; I'm not mentally sick," Siddiqui said. "I don't agree with that."

Prosecutors agreed.

"This was not some random act," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher LaVigne. "On that day, Ms. Siddiqui, the bottom line is, she saw her chance and she took it."

NY Daily News

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