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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Doctor Who Helped Capture Bin Laden Jailed for Treason

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Pakistan-U.S. relations took another turn for the worse Wednesday with news that a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama Bin Laden has been jailed for high treason.

The Washington Post explains that Shakil Afridi ran a fake vaccination program in order to collect DNA samples in Abbottabad, where Bin Laden was hiding, in the hopes of verifying that members of the al-Qaida leader's family lived in the house that was eventually raided by Navy SEALs. He was detained by Pakistani intelligence officials shortly after Bin Laden's death.

Afridi was convicted of treason and sentenced to 33 years under Khyber's tribal justice system. As the AFP explains, Khyber is part of the country's semi-autonomous tribal region, and has a heavy Taliban and al-Qaida presence.


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One year after Bin Laden’s death and over 10 years since 9/11, American citizens are still blindly allowing their civil liberties to be taken away one piece of legislation at a time.  How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice to feel safe?  Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the twin towers fell.  These laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council.  You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html