February 4, 2010, - 4:15 pm

The Real Scoop on Lady Qaeda, Aafia Siddiqi: Her Circle of Boston Friends & How We Blew It

By Debbie Schlussel

You can read about yesterday’s conviction of Al-Qaeda female operative Aafia Siddiqui in plenty of mainstream news publications and sites.  And you can read the regurgitation of the news on a number of bloggers’ and writers’ websites–you know, the ones who claim they are “experts” on “jihad,” when they haven’t a clue on the huge story behind the case, the one everybody missed.


The real insight:  Siddiqui’s conviction for shooting at U.S. soldiers after they caught her in Afghanistan (with chemicals, a dirty bomb recipe, plans to blow up U.S. gas stations and major New York sites) is really not the story here.  The story is Aafia Siddiqui’s part in the early stages of Al-Qaeda around the world, as it was formed by a close circle of friends, who were mostly Muslim students in Boston here on visas in the late 1980s and early to mid-’90s.  One of those students, one of those friends, was Aafia Siddiqui, who would later become Al-Qaeda’s designated master terrorist in the U.S., until she was caught in Afghanistan.  It’s the story of how America dropped the ball on the inchoate Al-Qaeda world leadership concentrated amongst a few Muslim visa holders concentrated in a major American city.  And it’s the story of how America let those people leave the country and did nothing to stop them, even the one they caught after 9/11 and willingly gave up to the Syrians.

That’s the real story behind Aafia Siddiqui that you didn’t hear, amidst the hubbub about her shrieks against Jewish jurors and judges, and the Israelis.  But I’m telling the Cliff’s Notes, er . . . “Debbie’s Notes” version of that frightening story here.

It was the late 1980s. Bassam Ahmad Kanj a/k/a Abu A’isha, Nabil Al-Marabh, Raed Hijazi, and Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi fought together as part of Al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan.  At that time, Kanj, as I’ve written, also shared a house in Pakistan with:

*  Rabih Haddad–founder of American Al-Qaeda front-group, Global Relief Foundation (he later lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan before being deported, and sources say Siddiqui had immediate relatives living there, too);

Mohammed Al-Churbaji a/k/a “Abu Salim”–co-founder and #2 in American Al-Qaeda front-group, Global Relief Foundation (who now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as he fights deportation–his son, Salim, was an Obama fundraiser, and he has several terrorist anchor babies with U.S. citizenship).  He engaged in a sham marriage and was deported, but apparently paid off a U.S. official, “Sam Libby,” and got back into the U.S. where he married a second wife, Denise a/k/a “Um Salim”);

* Abu Rawdha–a leading mujahideen fighter killed fighting in Afghanistan in 1991 or ‘92;  and

* Abu Amatallah–another Islamic terrorist.

Living nearby was Sheikh Abdullah Azzam (Osama Bin Laden’s spiritual guru, with whom Bin Laden founded the forerunner to Al-Qaeda, MAK–Maktab Al-Khidamat), and others who were part of the nucleus of the original Qaeda.

All of these people prayed at the same Karachi mosque along with Bin Laden.  Siddiqui and her family also lived in the area, and they reportedly assigned her to study germ weapons at MIT.  Yup, we trained her and did their bidding.



Aafia Siddiqui Partner-in-Jihad Bassam Kanj a/k/a “Abu Aisha”

(Photos From Martyr Websites)

In the 1990s, Kanj went to Boston, where he was a student at Boston University along with other jihadis who were plotting Al-Qaeda’s worldwide future on our soil.  He worked with Al-Marabh, Hijazi, and Elzahabi–his Qaeda comrades in Afghanistan–at a Boston cab company.  Meanwhile, their friend and comrade, Aafia Siddiqui was going to grad school at MIT and then Brandeis University (ironically a school founded by and populated with her most hated ethnicity–the  JOOOS; so much for the argument about how exposure to Jews and Americans makes Muslims like them).  The FBI believed as do other intelligence sources that these Boston-based Qaeda acolytes regularly met and comprised the Boston Cell of Al-Qaeda, planning their future attacks.

Kanj went on to become a well known jihadi fighter and terrorist leader, first fighting for Bin Laden in Afghanistan, then in Chechnya, and, finally, starting Al-Qaeda’s Lebanese splinter group, “Usbat Al-Ansar” [The League of Supporters/Helpers].  He was killed in 2000 by the Lebanese government, as he pulled off a terrorist attack.

Kanj met his American wife, Marlene Earl Kanj Al-Mirabi, at Boston University.  While there, he not only conspired with Al-Marabh and the others but he met and consorted with another Boston University Muslim, Mohammed Chehade, who also later worked for the American Al-Qaeda front group, Global Relief Foundation.  Both Siddiqui and Kanj worked for CARE at the time.


Aafia Siddiqui’s Boston Al-Qaeda Buddy Nabil Al-Marabh

Al-Marabh, part of the Boston cell, was on the FBI’s five most wanted after the 9/11 attacks, because he was a known Bin Laden right-hand man.  Al-Marabh was found driving a cab in Chicago.  But he was never prosecuted.  In a Detroit apartment where he once lived, members of the Detroit Terror Cell were found by FBI agents, along with videos of Disneyland, sites in Las Vegas, and detailed plans of the U.S. Air Force Base in Incirlik Turkey, including the take-off order of U.S. AWACS and Israeli F-16 planes. Al-Marabh was found with plans to blow up New York’s Lincoln Tunnel.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, at the behest of the Bush Administration, released Al-Marabh to Syria.  He was seen thereafter (by a client of mine, a then-FBI informant) at Ein El-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, organizing for Al-Qaeda in Lebanon as his Boston jihadi buddy, Bassam Kanj, had done at the same camp.  He was recruiting Al-Qaeda terrorists to attack U.S. troops in Iraq through the Syrian border.  Federal Judge Gerald Rosen forbade prosecutor Richard Convertino from even mentioning Al-Marabh’s name at the Detroit Terror Cell trial, even though the cell members were found at his Detroit digs.

We blew an opportunity to learn more about the Boston terror cell in which Ms. Siddiqui was a part, when we set Al-Marabh free for no reason, other than to appease the Syrians as we prepared to go to war with Iraq.  We were rewarded with Syria allowing its borders to be used as a revolving door for Al-Qaeda terrorists recruited by the released Al-Marabh.

We also blew the opportunity, when FBI agents found Marlene Kanj and questioned her.  They let her go, and she has never been located again by the feds.

We blew the opportunity, yet again, when airhead Federal Judge Nancy Edmonds (now the judge on the Umar Farouk Abulmutallab case), refused to see that Rabbih Haddad was an Al-Qaeda terrorist and authorities had no choice but to simply deport him.

And, now, will we blow an opportunity to learn more about the Boston cell, as we’ve convicted Aafia Siddiqui, treated her like a regular criminal, and refused to torture her into telling us something?  It appears we already have.

The next time I complain about the number of Muslim student visas we issue, think about Aafia Siddiqui, Bassam Kanj, and the Boston terror cell.  They were guests in our country, and they planned our future demise at least a decade ahead.

That’s the story you didn’t hear in the Siddiqui trial.  And you may never hear about it again.  Sadly.

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31 Responses

We won’t hear about it because our government prefers to make nice with our enemies rather than get tough on those who plot to kill us. That’s why there’s no real war on Islamic terror in America. They caught one but others are still at large out there waiting to attack this country when the time is right. We don’t get it… yet.

NormanF on February 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm

With all the evil and shenanigans going on in this country, nothing will make it better until we have a revolution. I am not suggesting attacking the government but the ballot box simply will not do the job. Our leaders are brain-dead.

arejaymack on February 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I’ve “buzzed up” this important article. You know, the extreme stupidity of both Dems and Reps is astounding.

skzion on February 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Yet we continue to allow more and more and more of these people into our midst.

perception of truth on February 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I think that if facts like this really got out, people wouldn’t tolerate these things. Hopefully enough people will read about these things so that at some point in the future, hopefully while it’s still early enough, we will protect ourselves in an appropriate way; yes, torture is a method of self-protection.

Little Al on February 4, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Another TSA security “expert” in training?

yonason on February 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Do NOT forget her Braintree, MA connection to 9/11. I don’t, but those who funded the most virulently stupid of the “9/11 truth outers” gave a lot of money to make sure the ppl holding the evidence behind that “went away”. If you want the exact addresses let me know.

Diamondring on February 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

PS Didn’t know where to put this but did you see that Eustace Mullins died yesterday? http://ernie1241.googlepages.com/mullins – is it time to do a story on that?

Diamondring on February 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Does anyone know how there came to be such a high concentration of middle-eastern muslims in Michigan? What were the origins of this unholy diaspora? And, while we’re at it, why are so many Somalis settling in or near Minneapolis, MN? It would seem in both cases that the cold climates would encourage these leeching hellspawn to establish themselves among their SoCal bretheren.

GS: I’ve written about this before. Henry Ford attracted them here with good pay for working on the line at the auto factories. They brought their relatives and so on and so on and so on. DS

Graty Slapchop on February 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Good question, I was wondering the same thing. You would think that they would settle in a place like Tucson. Oh wait, they did.
    Thanks Debbie for all you do. No one else covers this story in such detail.

    firstjasper on February 5, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Well, that’s just peachy! One wonders how many qualified, jobless Americans were passed over to accommodate those animated turds? Did FoMoCo actively recruit them?

    Graty Slapchop on February 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm

These visa people should be deeply investigated and removed.

Two Americas on February 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Graty, I have no idea how it came to be with Dearborn. I am a resident of Michigan, downriver, so approximately 5-7 miles from Dearborn. I do not know the history, but at 50+ years of age I can tell you it has been like that for many many years… Would be interesting to explore though.

In regard to the posting on Siddiqui.. I am officially scared.

sharon on February 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

now thats a good article!!!!!debbie i think being sick a few days motivated you

drew299 on February 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm

“Meanwhile, their friend and comrade, Aafia Siddiqui was going to grad school at MIT…” Don’t think so. She attended the University of Houston for one year, then transferred to MIT as a sophomore and received her undergraduate degree (S.B.) there. Grad school for her was at Brandeis. These details may not be all that consequential, but failure to get them right undermines credibility.

dcdoc on February 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm

DS said:

GS: I’ve written about this before. Henry Ford attracted them here with good pay for working on the line at the auto factories. They brought their relatives and so on and so on and so on. DS

Thanks! Interesting.

sharon on February 4, 2010 at 11:37 pm

my gawd muslims are an ugly bunch of people – ugly inside and very ugly outside

Paul on February 5, 2010 at 9:19 am

And now we are allowing 6000 Somalis (the most un-assimilating people on the face of the earth to immigrate to the USA) from Uganda. I guess the FBI needs job security, but no homeland security for us.

Jack Salami on February 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

Muslims are not immigrants. They are here to claim the United States for Islam.

tanstaafl (jw) on February 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I hope I’m still alive the day those subhuman sociopaths try it! The USA may be slow to anger and react but, when we do, it’s cryin’ time for our tormentors. Like a berserking behemoth, we will rise up a-flailing and won’t quit ’til the body count exceeds our budget deficit!

    Graty Slapchop on February 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

What really floored me was when CNN did a brief bio on this terrorist murderer, Siddiqui, and noted her cognitive neuroscience PhD at Brandeis University! Just unbelievable…that’s how she repays the very country that grants this lunatic a PHD — she tries to murder them!

(btw, I believe there’s another story going back to the 80s and al-Qaeda types…this was here in Canada — those “Afghan fighters” who went to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. It was a Prime Minister of Canada — that Chretien — who went to Pakistan and, through a personal appeal to Pakistan’s then Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, got a Khadr (he was in jail on terrorism charges) out of that Pakistani jail. He went on then to conduct a jihad in Afghanistan (and was said to have chummed around with bin Laden.) The West must, must, stop this — from allowing all and sundry PhD degrees, to beseeching on their behalf to get terrorists out of jail…to granting terrorists the Rights of United States Citizens! It has to stop.

J.S. on February 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Of course: http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?224245

This was to be expected, and actually confirms the case against that woman.

sorrow01 on February 6, 2010 at 2:53 am

Its a pity everyone thinks punishing Aafia siddiqui will end the terrorism but infact it will create many more. No body looks into the main problem. Its the Palestanian issue. This issue is a big motivator in Islamic world for creating terrorist and in my view it should be resolved as soon as possible.

caskhan on February 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    “Its a pity everyone thinks punishing Aafia siddiqui will end the terrorism but infact it will create many more.”

    Who is saying that locking up that woman will end terrorism? Also, I did not know that the Taliban and Pashtuns were in Palestine. So, unless we let terrorists have their way, there will be more of them? If we followed your logic, arresting murderers, rapists, and armed robbers only creates more of them? Should we remember this bit of wisdom when you suffer from some sort of crime?

    sorrow01 on February 7, 2010 at 1:23 am

Debbie I turn to you when I want to get the real “inside baseball” information about what’s going on in our country, not the politically correct or white washed version. Commentators are always going on about “moderate Muslims” but you never seem to hear from them. I’m trying to remember any Muslim leader in the United States who was on record or on FOX or even the other alphabet news services condemning the Ft. Hood shooting, for example. There may have been one or two isolated Imams somewhere but for the most part what you heard from the Muslim community was SILENCE. There is no such thing as a “moderate Muslim”. There are Muslims. Some are more actively engaged in Jihad against the West then others but no one can tell me that if the U.S. or Israel or some Euro Trash country were to be defeated from within or without by Islamic warriors that the rest of the Muslim world wouldn’t be celebrating. Debbie stay safe, be careful. Watch your back. I hope you carry. Or at the very least have a bodyguard.

kenny komodo on February 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

i can say on oath that there are some fact which have been concealed by american jury. how u believe that a girl got her PHd degree in neoru sciences and she will go for fight in Afghanistan especially she live most of time in american society, i cannot believe. this is game against muslim when she refused to serve in america after having such degree. i think she is being punished for medication of some unknown person those might have relationship with talibans but she could have not knowledge.
the american think tank are most stupit person who do not think that every pakistan want to come and live in america how can they think of disturbing the peace there. this is just war policy of american think tank agianst muslims and non else my friend. but one thing is clear that the peace of america is connected with peace of world especially afghanistan or pakistan. american have destroyed their economy after this bogus idea of destroying muslims. The God is always with musluims but when they are united. the muslim world have 79 percent resources of the world if they stopped this the whole christians community would die but muslims never did this since the start of islamic history. Our prophet taught us to hav good relation with non muslims if they are not against you without any reasons.

MUHAMMAD MASOOD ADVOCATE on May 25, 2010 at 9:21 am



MUHAMMAD MASOOD ADVOCATE on May 25, 2010 at 9:28 am

you make up half of this defamatory crap. Bad info does not make us safer

prune on November 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm

i am a pakistani and would like to say that she is GUILTY AS HELL!!!

farah on August 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Just try to see a logic behind the
purported story shared with the world
by the Americans! What Dr. Aafia was
doing outside Governor house? Trying
to gather intelligence? Trying to blow it
up? Trying to get herself arrested? Or
just roaming around for a morning or
evening walk? In any of the above
cases, can you tell me why will she
take with her the method of making
bombs in her handbag? Was she
sitting in some park where she was
trying to prepare her lecture or was
she trying to memorize some new
techniques in the open? Or was she
just keeping them in her bag to make
sure when she is arrested, she
provide enough evidence against her
arrest to the government to use it
against her? Moreover, she was also
carrying landmarks of American
buildings etc etc etc! I wonder if
anyone would really need landmarks
in this modern era? Don’t you think
we have a lot more public information
available even to a primary kid on the
internet and hence there is no need
to carry it with you.
Moreover, why would she carry these
things with her when she was
roaming around Governor palace in
Afghanistan? Was she on way to
airport to land directly at JFK? Or was
there not enough space in her home
to keep that documents? A logical
mind fail to see a relation in those two
set of documents inside the bag of a
lady strolling for morning walk in the
peaceful and serene streets of war
torn Afghanistan! Sounds interesting!
Lets see what else she got? Okies! She
got some SUBSTANCE (i repeat
SUBSTANCE) that was sealed inside a
jar and some bottles! Now this has
further complicateed the already very
tough case here! Can anyone of my
reader guide us all here? Because i am
lost here! What do you mean by
“SUBSTANCE?” Is chocolate a
substance or is cookies counted as
substance? Do you also count sweets
as Substance? If not then share with
us what does “SUBSTANCE” stands
for? And why would an evening or
morning stroller keep these in her bag
when she was actually on a picnic in
the serene city of Afghanistan? May be
she could use it to blow up the
Governor’s palace? Or may be she
could eat it? I don’t know but it is
beyond my level of intellect and I need
guidance from our readers since they
might have a clue!
The irony is that Americans are trying
to tell the world that their dumb story
is based on facts while a mere search
on internet will confirm our concerns
about the real drama run by someone
sitting in Langley or Pentagon. Here is
how a famous Pakistani newspaper
reported a story where an Intelligence
Official admitted arresting Dr. Aafia in
2003 and handing her over to
American FBI while the same FBI
claims to have captured her in 2008 in
Afghanistan. This is on the record of a
Pakistani court and hence enjoys a
legal status unlike Americans provided
evidence that only exist in their own
records and not to be shared with
anyone in the world.
She was later shifted to America where
she is facing court trial for a crime she
never committed in America at first
place. Even the American FBI and
Intelligence officials failed to provide
the evidence of her finger prints on
the gun she supposedly used to shoot
her investigators and the interpreters.
Even no bullets were recovered from
the room which she allegedly fired at
the Americans

Muslim Girl on March 18, 2012 at 5:15 am


You guys are a bunch of fucking redneck idiots. No wonder America is in the state that it is currently.

Abby on January 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

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