Petition with 110,000 Signatures Rejected by White House

A year ago, I signed a petition on ‘We the People‘, a White House website, requesting President Obama to intercede on behalf of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national currently detained at Carswell prison in Texas, with an 86 year sentence.  The petition asks that she be repatriated to Pakistan.

It has, to date, received 110,407 signatures, including my own.   Yesterday, I received an email response to the petition, which says, in part:

Thank you for signing this petition concerning Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, who in September 2010 was sentenced to 86 years in prison for attempted murder and other crimes

As the We the People Terms of Participation explain, to “avoid the appearance of improper influencethe White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government.”

That’s why we’re declining to comment on the specific request raised in this petition.

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What Happened to Aafia Siddiqui and Where is She Now?

A Pakistani Woman named Aafia Siddiqui was abducted from a taxi in Karachi, Pakistan along with her 3 children 12 years ago on March 30, 2003.     At the time she was vulnerable, recently divorced from an abusive husband; living with her mother;  her father had just died of a heart attack.    The youngest child was an infant.  Following her […]

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Aafia Siddiqui Case Closed; Pending Appeal Dismissed

Last week Aafia Siddiqui’s lawyers were informed that Judge Berman of the Manhattan South District was closing her case and dismissing her appeal at her request.   Siddiqui, who received an 86 year sentence after being convicted in a trial based on conflicted testimony, innuendo and secret evidence, has been in solitary confinement in Carswell Medical Center since 2008,   The jury […]

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The Disappeared

A Press Release from Amina Masood, Janjua, whose husband,  Masood , joined The Disappeared early in the Afghan War, and has yet to return despite her relentless efforts to find him, and the fact that her organizing has resulted in the freedom of 100s others..  He disappeared from the streets of Rawalpindi Pakistan on his way home from work one […]

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Send Aafia Home

Please sign the petition linked below  to help Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a political prisoner, and also a victim of state terrorism. Aafia Siddiqui has been abused, humiliated, shot, and driven to the edge of sanity.   She was tried for one crime and convicted on the basis of false evidence of another.  There was no evidence other than some contested witness […]

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