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NewsCrimeAafia Siddiqui, aka 'Lady Al Qaeda,' thrown out of court after ranting at jurors again

Aafia Siddiqui, aka 'Lady Al Qaeda,' thrown out of court after ranting at jurors again

Originally Published:Tuesday, January 19th 2010, 3:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 19th 2010, 11:02 PM

Mug shot of Aafia Siddiqui that was used by the government during the jury selection process.
Mug shot of Aafia Siddiqui that was used by the government during the jury selection process.
The M-4 rifle that  Aafia Siddiqui is accused of grabbing and firing at the American team sent to Afghaniztan to interview her.
The M-4 rifle that Aafia Siddiqui is accused of grabbing and firing at the American team sent to Afghaniztan to interview her.

The erratic terror suspect dubbed "Lady Al Qaeda" was tossed from her own trial Tuesday after a courtroom rant declaring she never plotted to blow up New York landmarks.

Aafia Siddiqui's diatribe came as a U.S. Army captain described the savage look on her face when she opened fire on a roomful of military personnel in Afghanistan.

"She was very determined, very agitated," Capt. Robert Snyder testified. "It was clear in my mind what her intent was. A vision of hatred ... shooting at us. Shooting at me."

Siddiqui, 37, interrupted Snyder to declare her innocence "since I'll never get a chance to speak."

Although she was arrested carrying a list of potential terror targets including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, Siddiqui insisted she was not planning any attacks.

"Give me a little credit, this is not a list of targets of New York," she said. "I was never planning to bomb it. You're lying."

The outburst, in front of a Manhattan Federal Court jury, led Judge Richard Berman to order Siddiqui's removal by court officers about 11:15 a.m.

The MIT-educated neuroscientist watched the rest of her trial's first day via closed-circuit television.

Siddiqui is charged with attempted murder for grabbing an M-4 Army rifle left carelessly on the floor of an Afghan police station.

Siddiqui screamed something about "blood on the soldiers' hands, or heads, and it was pure chaos" when she started firing on July 18, 2008, Snyder said.

Snyder testified the Special Forces officer whose rifle was stolen wound up shooting Siddiqui. The wounded woman continued fighting, screaming, "I hate Americans! Death to America!"

The officer who lost his weapon later angled for a Silver Star - awarded for gallantry in action, Snyder testified. But the disgusted captain refused to back the move.

"Absolutely not," Snyder said.

agendar@nydailynews.com

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