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Shakil Afridi Helped U.S. Get Osama—So Why Is He In Prison?
IBD Editorials ^ | May 25, 2012 | Editor

Posted on 05/25/2012 7:08:08 PM PDT by Kaslin

Allies: The name Shakil Afridi may not mean anything to you, but it should. He's the Pakistani who bravely helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden. For his pains, he just got 33 years in a Pakistani prison.

Afridi, a Pakistani physician, believed enough in the U.S. mission and in bringing the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, to justice that he helped the CIA find the reclusive terrorist. He should be rewarded — not punished.

Yet, a Pakistani court sentenced him to 33 years in prison for "treason" and, adding insult to injury, a fine of about $3,500.

Of course, we're told the court that found him guilty is actually a "tribal" court, applying highly idiosyncratic law that is both local and tribal. Had it been a Pakistani government court, he might well have been executed for the crime of treason.

That's small comfort, since he'll serve his term in Peshawar Central Jail — a vile, corrupt hellhole in which he'll be a target for both the Taliban and al-Qaida. Afridi's chances of serving out his term alive are virtually nil.

What's especially upsetting about this is that Pakistan is nominally an ally with the U.S. We say nominally because it in fact acts routinely to undercut U.S. interests, and to aid the Taliban and other radical fundamentalist Islamist groups in the region. Some ally.

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1 posted on 05/25/2012 7:08:14 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

the United States must say....no conditions at all...he is out of prison, and here if he wants to be, and the discussion is over.


2 posted on 05/25/2012 7:15:21 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: Kaslin

Is this a trick question? He’s in jail because Pakistan is *not* our friend,in spite of any claims that might be made by their government or ours.The Navy and the CIA had to keep the Pakistanis in the dark lest somebody tip Bin Laden off.


3 posted on 05/25/2012 7:15:36 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Kaslin

We are as impotent as a fag at a NAGs convention.


4 posted on 05/25/2012 7:16:28 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: Kaslin
simple - Obama gave him up so as to claim maximum credit for himself. It is a mystery to me why any operative in the intelligence field would take on a CIA assignment.
5 posted on 05/25/2012 7:20:06 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

So I wonder who got the REWARD MONEY.


6 posted on 05/25/2012 7:20:24 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Kaslin

Because we have a pussy for President?


7 posted on 05/25/2012 7:21:52 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Mitt Romney is the supreme exemplification of the word SMARMY.)
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To: Kaslin

Why, you ask? The answer is very simple. No one in this entire administration has the balls of a cockroach and none of the Dems are willing to kick the Paki’s square in the nuts.


8 posted on 05/25/2012 7:23:52 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Kaslin

And to think we send billions of taxpayer dollars to these scum each year.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 7:28:02 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: matthew fuller

They should lose all funding that we give them. This is like saying that they are not are ally when we have declared any country open game if they harbor terrorist. This needs to be addressed on every news outlet. Our president is a fool if he thinks this does not matter. Well he is a even bigger fool then he looks now.


10 posted on 05/25/2012 7:30:45 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: elpadre
You're the first person on this thread to provide the correct answer.

The CIA didn't give him up. The Seals certainly didn't give him up.

It was some loose-lipped dumb bass in Obama’s administration that leaked this highly secret intel source.

The poor SOB was helping the U.S. His reward was the loss of his freedom and probably his life.

11 posted on 05/25/2012 7:34:24 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Kaslin

So the “Citizen of the World” who calls himself POTUS can have it both ways....


12 posted on 05/25/2012 7:41:31 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Kaslin

So the hero goes to prison prison while Obama takes all the glory.
A true Hollywood story...


13 posted on 05/25/2012 7:47:03 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: Kaslin
Poison Photo-Drop .. decision to release photographs .. will imperil nation .. its defenders.
Tue May 12 09:52:58 2009 · 13 of 21
null and void to Sergeant Tim

Before he is done I fully expect him to release the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone anywhere in the world who has ever provided any information to agency workers.

The damage to US intel will last multiple generations.


14 posted on 05/25/2012 7:57:59 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1221 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: null and void

I don’t think Obama is stupid enough to do that. He may desire to do it but I doubt he would/will. He has to know and understand he will have a lot less protection after he is out of office and he also has to know he would pi$$ off way to many of the wrong type of people.


15 posted on 05/25/2012 8:05:54 PM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Kaslin

We aren’t sending the muck-mucks enough money.


16 posted on 05/25/2012 8:07:14 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: WellyP

I think he’s evil enough to do it.


17 posted on 05/25/2012 8:11:06 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1221 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: jimpick

I think that the proposal is to reduce the money 10%. The figure that I heard was 33 million, and Lindsie Graham said that the total was 330 million. That’s REALLY gonna get their attention (not!).


18 posted on 05/25/2012 8:42:08 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Mitt Romney is the supreme exemplification of the word SMARMY.)
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To: Kaslin

Because the Pakistani government is trying to appease the more radical elements of it’s population?


19 posted on 05/25/2012 8:52:31 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Kaslin

I’d like to know why the good doctor was charged with treason? Was Bin Laden a Pakistani?

BTW, if you’re wondering why Pakistan is remotely considered an “ally”, you can thank Condi Rice for a lot of that. Immediately after 9/11, Pakistan was left off of the list of enemies thanks to her insistence, “W” went with her recommendation.


20 posted on 05/25/2012 8:58:09 PM PDT by Dartman
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To: BigCinBigD
the Pakistani government is trying to appease the more radical elements of it’s population

Foment gatherings...deploy daisy cutters.

21 posted on 05/25/2012 9:01:52 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Kaslin
Not to hijack this thread, but does anyone else find it interesting that the Obama regime has leaked 3 major sources in ongoing covert operations in the last couple of weeks, and not a peep from the ministry of propaganda.

Yet Richard Amitage "leaks" Valerie Plame's name, someone who was never actually a "real" intelligence operative, but the ministry of propaganda called for the heads of everyone who ever worked in the Bush Administration, or for that matter, anyone who ever met President Bush.

It's really a shame that there's no mainstream news reporters or media in the US, because the sheer number of genuine news stories and shocking scandals by the current regime dwarfs anything seen in any 3rd world bananna republic.

Mark

22 posted on 05/25/2012 10:56:47 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: null and void

Blue badges in perilous position under this regime.

The error of Obama is a deadly era ....


23 posted on 05/25/2012 11:27:26 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: citizencon
“So the hero goes to prison prison while Obama takes all the glory.”

Exactly right and it makes me absolutely disgusted!

Obama killed Osama.
And probably Doctor Afridi.

24 posted on 05/26/2012 1:33:17 AM PDT by Casie
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.
25 posted on 05/27/2012 12:13:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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