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'Qaeda' mom tossed from Manhattan courtroom

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Last Updated: 6:43 AM, January 20, 2010

Posted: 12:00 PM, January 19, 2010

An MIT-trained scientist charged with shooting at GIs in Afghanistan was thrown out of a Manhattan courtroom today after proclaiming her innocence following a tirade-filled outburst.

Aafia Siddiqui, whom the FBI had sought for years for suspected ties to al Qaeda, shouted, “Since I’ll never get a chance to speak, if you were in a secret prison ... where children were tortured. This is no list of targets against New York. I was never planning to bomb it.“

Siddiqui's rant was aimed at Army Capt. Robert Snyder, who was testifying in Manhattan federal court that she had been arrested with a handwritten note outlining plans to attack the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street.

Aafia Siddiqui
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Aafia Siddiqui

While Snyder testified, it took the outburst-prone Siddiqui just 90 minutes into her trial to disrupt the proceedings. That's when she stood up and shouted, "Since I'll never get a chance to speak" -- before continuing her tirade with a plea of innocence.

She had stayed mostly silent during opening statements.

Earlier in the day, even before the trial began, Siddiqui had an outburst.

"The president has to meet with me," she said, after turning to the gallery while the judge asked her a series of questions. "It's important!"

Siddiqui's trial, which began this morning, comes after she extradited to this country in August 2008 on federal charges of attempted murder and assault.

She allegedly shot at two FBI special agents, a US Army officer and other military personnel while being held at an Afghan facility in July 2008.

Authorities said Siddiqui, who was behind a curtain, fired two shots at personnel with an officer's rifle, but no one was struck.

Afghan police had arrested Siddiqui earlier outside the Ghazni governor's compound after finding her with bomb-making instructions with descriptions of US landmarks.

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    Hansen NYC

    01/20/2010 2:16 AM

    Uh...duh...if you haven't noticed the Bush administration has already done a fabulous job at turning lower Manhattan into a crater with the deaths of 2500+ innocent victims...retro history revisionists are doing their very best to tell us 911 never happened and if it did it did not happen under Bush. Like all Nazi's and Commies, Conservatives and the NY Post when they lie like to LIE BIG TIME!!!

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    Boone315

    01/19/2010 8:11 PM

    Are they sure this is not Chucky Schumer's mistress, they seem so much alike

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    pepe

    01/19/2010 5:47 PM

    outburst-prone?... you haven't seen venezuela's chavez.

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    rico

    01/19/2010 4:01 PM

    Send her to HAITI.

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    maggiepr2000

    01/19/2010 3:25 PM

    They'll end up setting her free on some bogus technicality and then when she blows up the Empire State Building, they'll blame the prosecutor.

    I'm sorry, please remind me again why racial profiling is a bad thing.

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    rico

    01/19/2010 2:52 PM

    Just keep granting these people fair trials and let them keep making fools out of the United States.

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    Uncommon Sense

    01/19/2010 12:48 PM

    Our government might as well turn all of lower Manhattan into a crater. The economic damage--putting aside the heightened terror risk--of trying jubilant and admitted mass murderers and terrorists KSM, et al., on trial will cause billions and billions of dollars in security costs, lost business from people staying away, and loss of businesses due to bankruptcies, decisions to move, etc.

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    Chuck Norris

    01/19/2010 12:10 PM

    So the circus begins.

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