Boston Woman Accused of Al Qaeda Ties Denies She Fired at U.S. Soldiers

Allegations of Planning Terrorist Attacks

At today's hearing, both prosecutors and defense attorneys called witnesses and argued over whether or not Siddiqui is competent to stand trial. Amid sparring between the prosecution's expert witness, Dr. Sally Johnson, and Siddiqui's attorney, Dawn Cardi, Johnson testified that Siddiqui refused to be interviewed yesterday.

"You tortured me mentally, very bad, that's why," Siddiqui shot back before Judge Richard M. Berman cut her off.

During the hearing, Siddiqui, who also asked the judge to remove her attorney from the case, made other statements such as "Very few people have an insider's view like I do. I'm just trying to stop the wars" and "God has brought me out of death for peace to end these wars."

Before the hearing ended, Siddiqui addressed the prosecutors directly, telling them, "Your President wants to make peace, but you guys are not acting on it."

Siddiqui also addressed onlookers in the courtroom, declaring that she was "never against America."

A previous court-ordered mental health examination declared Siddiqui mentally unfit for trial, and she was then sent to a federal medical center in Carswell, Texas to be further evaluated. During a confidential forensic exam there, mental health professionals concluded, "Ms. Siddiqui is not currently competent to proceed as a result of her mental disease, which renders her unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against her or to assist properly in her defense."

She was allegedly involved in planning terrorist attacks and recruiting, according to the FBI. During an August 2004 press conference, FBI Director Robert Mueller said, "Aafia Siddiqui is an al Qaeda operative and facilitator, she attended colleges in the Boston area, and is believed to have left Boston in January of 2003."

There have been allegations that Siddiqui has been mistreated while in custody. Some human rights groups have alleged that she was detained for years overseas in various secret sites for high-value detainees. There has not been any official response from any entity regarding Siddiqui's detention or possible mistreatment while in custody.

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