The story below is an excerpt from one that was published in 2004 by U.S. based media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. The report was an analysis of Fox News, a conservative media outlet in the U.S. where Ijaz made frequent appearances post September 11 as an expert on terrorism. (Special Report was a featured program [...]
It’s mothers day again, America, 2010. The frenzy for fragrance-free flowers will make for a hectic Sunday morning. Everyone will be a feminist for the day. Mothers will lie in bed and watch the Sunday morning talk shows while fathers juggle kids and kitchens. The TV hosts will convey child-like heart warming messages of love [...]
No issue has evoked such impassioned and divergent opinions than the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman who was found guilty on 7 counts of attempted murder and assault of U.S. Nationals by a 12 member jury in a federal court in New York City this week. With allegations of being an Al-Qaeda [...]
When Sercer was further questioned about what Siddiqui said about her children during that two week period, she admitted that Siddiqui expressed concern about the “safety and welfare of her children”, but felt that the “kids had been killed or tortured in a secret prison”. “She said that they were dead, didn’t she” asked Defense attorney, Elaine Sharpe; reluctantly Sercer answered, “Yes”.
The Prosecution’s closing remarks had more references to the “documents” describing terrorist acts against Americans, than throughout the entire trial. Moreno responded to this by saying, “they’re trying to scare you. But that “Fear has no place in this trial. Fear has no place in America”
Although there are no terrorism related charges brought against Siddiqui, nor is she charged with any connections to Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or Osama bin Laden, these allegations have been cleverly interwoven in the attempted murder charges. The Prosecution does not have to prove them nor can she respond to them, as they are not the charges she is on trial for. Yet terrorism frames the Prosecution’s entire case.