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International Women’s Day – The Story of the World’s Most Dangerous Woman

Artwork by Christopher Towne, Copyright 2013

Artwork by Christopher Towne, Copyright 2013

We salute International Women’s Day by presenting a compiled .pdf version of Christopher Towne’s graphic novel produced for the international campaign to free Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, an innocent woman tortured, framed and imprisoned by the United States of America in order to make it appear that the US Gov’t. is “winning the ‘War on Terror(TM)'”.

A neuroscientist trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University, Dr. Siddiqui’s name was allegedly mentioned during the 183 waterboarding sessions inflicted on Al Qaeda’s Khalid Sheikh Muhammad.  Wanted for questioning by the FBI, she was apparently seized by Pakistani “intelligence” while visiting her mother in Karachi, Pakistan.  In a kidnapping method that has become infamous as a part of the “War on Terror(TM)”, Dr. Siddiqui along with three of her children, disappeared from the streets of Karachi, Pakistan in March of 2003 while on the way from her mother’s home to the airport.  A team of assailants stopped her car and seized Dr. Siddiqui and her children; her infant child was apparently killed during the abduction.  She was then taken out of the country and held as a “terrorist prisoner” in the world-infamous Bagram Prison in Afghanistan where she was tortured.  She was held for 5 years at Bagram, where she was the only woman prisoner.

Dr. Siddiqui says she was released in 2008 and then rearrested in Ghazni, Afghanistan, allegedly for possessing incriminating documents about bomb making and terrorist attack plans in the USA.  While being interrogated by US military and the FBI the next day (18 July 2008)

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Dr. Siddiqui was alleged to have made a spectacular attempt to escape; she allegedly seized a weapon from a soldier (who had left it unattended in the presence of an unrestrained “terrorist” prisoner) and then attempted to shoot everyone in the room with it (unsuccessfully) and was herself shot 3 times in the abdomen – almost killing her.

Dr. Siddiqui was never actually charged by US authorities for any terrorism-related charges!  All she was charged with were several counts of attempted murder during her attempt to “escape”!  Despite the fact that the only person actually injured during her “escape attempt” was Dr. Siddiqui herself, she was found guilty and sentenced to 86 years in jail.  The failure of the US Government to even develop a terrorism case against her after years of investigation indicates the depth of the fraudulence of the indictment itself.  It certainly looks as if the FBI’s dramatic “escape” narrative was concocted in order to justify the fact that an innocent victim of torture by the US military and/or its proxies was “shot trying to escape” from the clutches of her torturers – an old Nazi trick.

In researching this case we ran across additional information that may explain why Dr. Siddiqui became the focus of a terrorism investigation: there was another woman named Siddiqui –

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Asia Siddiqui – who had also been picked up on the FBI’s “terrorist” radar at least as early as 2006.  It’s difficult to believe that two US female “terrorists” could have almost identical names… is it possible that these two cases… well we’ll have to leave that question unanswered.  In the upside-down world of US “terrorism” investigations, anything can happen.

The graphic novel we present below was produced for the  international effort to free Dr. Siddiqui  by Christopher Towne.  It was originally presented on the  aafiamovement.com website, where you can find the latest updates on the case as well as information about demonstrations taking place on Dr. Siddiqui’s behalf all over the world.

The Story of The World’s Most Dangerous Woman – by Christopher Towne

FREE DR. AAFIA SIDDIQUI NOW!

—IWPCHI

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Hunger Strike in 6th Week at US’ Obama Torture Center at Guantanamo Bay: “No one is accepting food from prison authorities”

The New York Times is reporting that conditions at the United States Government’s Obama Torture Center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have deteriorated so far that the prisoners, in desperation, have resorted to going on a hunger strike to bring their plight to the world’s attention.  The hunger strike, now in its sixth week, is an attempt by the prisoners in the world’s most notorious torture camp to force the US Government of Wall St. sock puppet Barack Obama to either hold trials immediately or release them immediately.

The hunger strike was precipitated when the US torture camp’s guards conducted searches of the cells for imaginary contraband – where would it come from?! – and proceeded to manhandle the prisoners’ Korans.   86 of the prisoners were supposedly “cleared” for release back in 2009 (!) only to have that hope viciously dashed by the Democratic Party uber-commandant of the torture camp Barack Obama, who was more interested in pursuing his re-election than in finally closing down the US torture center as he promised he would back in 2007.  The prisoners have reached the end of their vast reserves of patience, apparently, preferring to die rather than spend another year as hostages in the US’ endless “War on Terror”.   We demand: Release all the GITMO prisoners immediately and close down your torture camps and secret prisons – all of them!

According to lawyers for the prisoners – some of whom have been held in this torture camp since shortly after 9/11 – only “a few elderly prisoners” are not participating in the hunger strike.  Lawyer Ramzi Kassem flatly contradicted the US military commandant’s claim that only 28 prisoners were involved in the hunger strike: “No one is accepting food from prison authorities” he told the New York Times’ Charlie Savage.

Of course, the commandant of the US torture camp denies that the hunger strike is widespread, claiming that, of the 166 prisoners said to be entombed in this rat hole of a torture camp, “only” 28 prisoners were participating.  The prisoners’ lawyers say the US Military is lying.  We believe the prisoners’ lawyers!

The Guantanamo Bay torture camp, created by the US Government in January 2002 ostensibly in order to hold the “worst of the worst” “terrorist” members of al-Qa’ida, was in fact a fraud from its inception.  The reality is that this torture camp prison was created to con the American public into believing that the US Government was “doing something” to stop al-Qa’ida.  GITMO apparently never has held any terrorists at all:  out of the grand total of 779 men who have been kidnapped and shipped to this notorious torture camp,  around 600 have been released to their families, having never been charged with any crime!  At least eight men committed suicide, despondent after years of solitary confinement without any contact with their families.  They were all simply pawns in Washington’s cynical “War on Terror”, launched after the US own bought-and-paid-for Islamic fundamentalist terrorists – trained by the CIA originally to wage jihad in the US’ own “Holy War” against communism and the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – turned, Frankenstein-like, on their US masters.

The CIA’s own chickens – having flown the coop after the USSR’s Stalinist “leadership” criminally abandoned the defense of Afghanistan en route to selling out the entire USSR in 1989 – came home to roost on 9/11.

The GITMO prisoners seized by the US in the reaction to the 9/11 attacks were not terrorists;  many were simply Afghanis or Iraqis literally “sold” to the CIA as “terrorists” by the US Government’s own puppets in Afghanistan and Iraq.  These men were never charged with any crime because there was either never any real evidence against them in the first place or the “evidence” would never have even stood up to the feeble light that would have shone upon it if it had been presented even in one of the US military’s kangaroo courts.  Not one single person who was kidnapped from their home countries and sent to GITMO has ever been convicted in a US court of anything at all.  The whole operation was a sham designed to fool the US public into believing that the “War on Terror” was real.  And it worked.

Some of the prisoners who were kidnapped, drugged, tortured and then shipped off to GITMO – Wikipedia says there were between 17 and 22 of them – were as young as 15 years old when they were arrested.  After being repeatedly tortured by the US puppets in the countries where they were originally seized, they were turned over to US troops and CIA agents in Afghanistan and Iraq and tortured some more.  Then they were bound and gagged and shipped to GITMO and tortured some more!  Finally, their utility as pawns in the “War on Terror” exhausted, they were quietly repatriated without ever being charged with any crime.  Upon release, though, the US Government was careful to warn the ex-detainees that if they ever spoke out about their experiences, they would risk being taken into custody again – or worse.

When the lying Wall St. sock puppet, Democratic Party “lesser evil” Barack Obama was running for the White House the first time, he promised to close down GITMO if he won the election.  Five years later, he still continues to run George W. Bush’s torture camp, having not even bothered to speak about GITMO in his most recent re-election campaign.  The US capitalist-owned news media dutifully gave Obama a pass on GITMO during the election and continues to do so today.  The New York Times’ coverage of the hunger strike at has been heavily slanted in favor of the Pentagon’s lies about the issue.

This sordid chapter in US history – along with the US’ legalization of torture and the legalization of the assassination of US citizens – has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt just how “dedicated” the capitalist US Government is to modern bourgeois judicial standards – which are nothing special themselves as far as workers are concerned.  Under capitalism, “justice” is a commodity like everything else, and everyone gets just as much “justice” as they can pay for.

The crimes the United States has committed in its cynical “War on Terror” will never be erased from the blood-soaked red-white-and-blue banner of the US capitalist class.  From Fallujah to Abu Ghraib to Vietnam, the Korean War and all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials, the  US slave trade and the slaughter of Native Americans, the reign of the US ruling class has been one long orgy of violence waged against the workers of the world by the US landed aristocracy and capitalist class. Show us a time in US history when the US ruling class was NOT engaged in some hideous crime against the workers and indigenous peoples of the United States and/or the rest of the world!  This hideous US capitalist ruling elite – by far the most despotic gang of criminals on the planet today – must be swept into the “dustbin of history” by the workers of the United States at the earliest opportunity.  Having legalized torture and the assassination of US citizens, this US ruling class has declared war on all decent people on planet Earth.  Before they drive the world into the abyss of World War Three in their endless, mad, greedy drive for profits, the workers of the United States should do the world a favor and seize power in their own name, deposing the US capitalist class and depositing them in the same GITMO hellhole where they made our brothers languish for so many years.

For more information about the crimes being committed daily against the long-suffering prisoners at Democratic “lesser evil” Barack Obama’s torture camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, skip the capitalist press and their lies and go to the people telling the truth about what’s going on there: the prisoners’ lawyers and their friends and families.  Here are some links to the REAL story at Obama’s torture camp:

http://www.closeguantanamo.org/

http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/

Workers of the World, Unite!  Close Down GITMO NOW!  For workers revolution in the US!

IWPCHI