Missing Persons and the GWoT

Many innocent people have been ‘disappeared’ in the course of the United States Global War of Terror.    Many innocent men have been swept from the Streets of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Iraq and other places associated with U.S. wars.   Here is Amina Masood Janjua telling her story.   Her story is powerful because, before her husband’s abduction, her family was like most of ours, a middle class family with a comfortable life.   Her husband was a business man who traveled, he was a Pakistani Muslim like so many others, almost everyone in that country, and he did not support any fanatical religious organizations or causes.   He was just a guy.

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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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Valentines Day and Never Ending Wars

Syria ** Iraq ** Pakistan ** Afghanistan ** Venezuela ** Ukraine ** Russia Obama has requested an authorization for war on ISIS  in Iraq and Syria.     While Congress is gearing up to talk about it, the U.S. is already bombing there daily.  We have several hundred ‘advisors’ on the ground, who admit to engaging in battle at times.  The U.S. […]

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Bombs Away! Drones In the Sky

For a while it seemed that the drones project had been restrained following a flood of public criticism last year.   Reports from United Nations Special Rapporteurs, and mainstream NGOs like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International clearly documented violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law by Drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, countries the US is not at war […]

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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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Mary Ellen O’Connell on Drones and Cyber Weapons Under Law and Morality

Mary Ellen O’Connell spoke at Le Moyne College on Wednesday Evening. Her Topic was: Drones, Cyber Weapons and Autonomous Robots, Law and Morality. Recording by Judy Bello, 3/26/14 My Flip ran out of juice just at the end of the talk, so I made an audio recording of the Q&A on my phone. Unfortunately it isn’t as loud as I […]

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