Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot?
You may have heard about the Muslim broad, Aafia Siddiqui, who demanded that Jews be excluded from the jury pool in her NYC terrorism trial. Surprising? Not. Typical Islamic rubric? Yes. Any comment by Coward General Eric Holder? Not a chance.
There is much, much more to this story however, including a federal judge allowing the fully veiled Muslim in court, setting aside time during the trial for Islamic prayer, throwing out key evidence, AND not permitting prosecutors to mention her alleged ties and sympathies to al Qaeda. Khalid Sheikh Mohammid is salivating. From Alison Gendar, NY Daily News, ‘Lady Al Qaeda’ cries foul: Accused terrorist Aafia Siddiqui says toss Jews from jury pool:
Jury selection in the “Lady Al Qaeda” trial got off to a bizarre start Wednesday with the accused terrorist telling jurors she was “boycotting” – and demanding Jews be excluded from the panel.
“If they have a Zionist or Israeli background…they are all mad at me,” said Aafia Siddiqui, a U.S.-trained neuroscientist charged with attempted murder.
“I have a feeling everyone here is them – subject to genetic testing….They should be excluded if you want to be fair,” she told Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Berman.
Prospective jurors weren’t present for that outburst, but they were in the courtroom to hear her say, “I’m boycotting the trial…there are too many injustices.”
At another point, Siddiqui repeatedly refused to talk to her own lawyers, saying she didn’t trust them.
“I don’t trust you either,” she told Berman.
She even tried to toss a handwritten note to prosecutors requesting time each day to pray. Berman said time would be set aside.
Siddiqui, 37, is accused of picking up an M-4 Army rifle and firing two rounds at a team of Americans who tried to question her in Afghanistan on July 18, 2008.
Prosecutors argue she screamed, “Allah Akbar” and vowed to kill Americans before she was wrestled to the ground. She allegedly had two pounds of poisonous sodium cyanide and hundreds of pages of notes and documents on how to build chemical and biological weapons.
The terror guides featured targets including the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge, prosecutors said.
Berman ruled the jury can hear about the target list and other handwritten notes but tossed as evidence the chemicals and mass-produced documents from “how-to” terror manuals.
Prosecutors also are barred from bringing up Siddiqui’s alleged ties or sympathies with Al Qaeda because they would create a bias.
Repeat. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot! Not to be outdone in day one of jury selection, Siddiqui was booted on day two.
A jury was chosen Thursday in the “Lady Al Qaeda” trial – but not before the defendant interrupted the process with more outbursts and was tossed from the courtroom.
Meanwhile, as Berman quizzed the jury pool on whether their 9/11 experiences would influence their deliberations, Siddiqui piped up from the defense table.
“The next question will be on anti-Semitism, Israel was behind 9/11. That’s not anti-Semitic,” she said before being escorted out.
Berman later said that anyone who disrupts proceedings will be removed, but that Siddiqui has a right to be present for her trial and would be allowed to return.
Updates: More dhimmitude from a judge who has a history of appeasement
The neroscientist argued before Judge Berman on Tuesday that she does not need the three lawyers retained by the Pakistan government to defend her, saying she wanted to make peace and knew how to do it.
The lawyers, retained by the government of Pakistan, are: Ms. Linda Moreno, Ms. Elaine Sharp and Charles Swift. They were cleared by the court on September 2.
Ms. Siddiqui expressed her outrage at the humiliating strip search she has to undergo before coming to the court.
Reacting to her protest, the judge said he had ordered the prison authorities to find a way so that she does not have to go through the tough procedure.
While the judge said it was necessary for her to be in the court, she could participate through video-conference if the body search requirement could not be relaxed.
A US federal judge has determined that Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist, would not be linked with the fundamentalist Al Qaeda outfit during her trial scheduled to begin on Jan 19.
The prosecution had informed the court on Monday that it would not contest any ruling which absolved her of any terrorist links.
However, Judge Richard Berman ruled on Wednesday that any handwritten material seized from her possession would be admitted as evidence. But the printed material in her possession would not be admitted as evidence.
In a mixed bag of ruling, Judge Berman ruled that forensic evidence from fingerprint experts would be admitted.
Shocking update: ‘Lady Al Qaeda’ Aafia Siddiqui booted from her trial … again