A woman accused of trying to kill American soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan begged a Manhattan federal judge to give jurors genetic tests to make sure they aren’t Jews. ”If they have a Zionist or Israeli background...they are all mad at me,” said Aafia Siddiqui. “I have a feeling everyone here is them — subject to genetic testing....They should be excluded if you want to be fair.”
Siddiqui — a Brandeis and MIT-educated Pakistani — allegedly picked up an M-4 Army rifle and fired two shots at Americans who tried to question her in Afghanistan in July 2008. According to the Daily News, she shouted “Allah Akbar” and vowed to kill Americans before she was detained. Investigators reportedly found two pounds of poisonous sodium cyanide, notes and documents on how to build chemical and biological weapons, and lists of potential terror targets including the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Siddiqui allegedly stated she was “boycotting the trail” because ”there are too many injustices.” She also repeatedly refused to speak to her own lawyers and told Judge Richard Berman: “I don’t trust you either.” After she threw a handwritten note to prosecutors begging for time each day to pray, the judge ruled she could leave the courtroom at 3:30 pm for 15 minutes of prayer. He also ruled that jurors will not see evidence regarding the chemicals or the “mass-produced documents from ‘how-to’ terror manuals,” and tossed evidence about her alleged Al Qaeda connections because it might cause bias.