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Posted on 03/30/2003 6:13:05 AM PST by Eye4nEye
First Woman al Qaida Suspect
By: ANWAR IQBAL Source: United Press International
WASHINGTON, Mar 29, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The first woman accused of links with the al-Qaida terrorist network has a doctorate in neurological science and is a mother of three, FBI officials said.
The FBI recently issued a worldwide search notice for Aafia Siddiqui, the first woman the federal investigations agency has accused of actively helping Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. Bin Laden is the Saudi exile suspected of being the driving force behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Siddiqui, 31, lived in Boston before she disappeared, the FBI says. She holds a Ph.D. in neurological science and has studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis University, and other institutions.
She was born on March 2, 1972, in Pakistan. Although her whereabouts are unknown, the FBI believes she is currently in Pakistan.
The agency says she's a "fixer" who moves money to provide logistical support for terrorist activities. She is also tied to radicals in Pakistan, it added.
FBI officials say that being a woman helps Siddiqui, as few would suspect a Western-educated woman with children as a terrorist. Siddiqui's three children are ages nine months through six years.
"The FBI would like to locate and question this individual," according to an FBI search notice.
Specifically, Siddiqui may have been providing logistical support to Adnan El Shukrijumah, a 27-year-old Saudi man sought by the agency on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks in the United States, agents say. She may also have accompanied El Shukrijumah in his travels inside the United States.
What have been described as credible reports placed her in Gaithersburg, a Maryland suburban town near Washington, in December or January.
They say that she wears both traditional Pakistani and Western clothes and may be traveling with or without her three young children. The FBI has issued two pictures of Siddiqui along with the search notice, with and without hijab, the traditional veil that Muslim women may wear.
Do we really need these foreign nationals living and studying in this country? Especially now, how do these individuals help us as a sovereign state and why do we insist on continuing to educate them? Is this simply a matter of universities being financially tied to foreign students?
31 is awfully young to hold a doctorate. I wonder WHEN she did her thesis, and whether she had help getting such a degree so young.
If she were as intelligent as necessary, and with the well-ordered, highly analytical mind absolutely essential to a scientist, she should be able to do a comparison of treatment of women in Wahhabi sects and treatment of women in Western cultures, based upon simple empirical evidence.
Affirmative action strikes again. Educate terrorists in our colleges, give them special privileges, turn away native-born white Americans, and have the terrorists pay us back in our own blood.
No. If she got her undergraduate degree at 21, she could have devoted 5-7 years to getting a doctorate in neuroscience and then put in a couple of years in a post-doc fellowship and still be less than 31. Obviously a very bright woman, though: speaking from personal experience I can tell you that graduate school in neuroscience is a very tough row to hoe.
Agreed, she must be very intelligent. It's a shame she prefers to use her brainpower to commit murder, rather than to help mankind. If she EARNED that degree, then she's lost a few nuts and bolts along the highway of life, because the comparison between the savage repression of women in Islamist cultures and the freedom and opportunity afforded to women in the West is unmistakable even for someone of average intelligence.
This woman is working to help rabid Wahhabists rule the world under Sharia law. The article doen't mention the genders of her three children, but she's destroying any chance of freedom for her female descendents. Highly illogical behavior for a person who could reasonably expected to have a highly logical mind.
Remember, now, our illustrious former Sec. State, Madelin Albright told us, when speaking about William the Bent's administration: "That's (speaking abut the sovereignty of the U.S.) not what we're about." And, more recently, she said: "We can't get along without the U.N."
We've just had 8 years of an administration who tried to destroy our nation's sovereignty.
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MIT BS '94 in Biology and Anthropology/Archeology. Was awarded a grant in 1992 to study "Islamization in Pakistan and its Effects on Women". Evidently did work on the MIT Computer Help Desk in 1996.
Strange form of mental illness, this Islam!