Dr Shakeel Afridi, M.D. is a Pakistani physician who aided our CIA in locating Osama bin Laden. Dr. Afridi did this by running a fake vaccine program in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He collected samples of bin Laden’s DNA and then compared that sample with the ones the CIA held. Thus the location of bin Laden’s hiding place was confirmed. And Seal Team Six
terminated Mr. bin Laden with extreme prejudice.
Dr. Afridi obviously tried to flee the country in the days after the raid. However, he was arrested by Pakistani authorities while trying to cross the border. On May 23, 2012 he was sentenced to 33 years in prison for treason. Pakistani prisons make our penal system look like a vacation villa. Conditions are absolutely horrible. In effect, Dr. Afridi was given a life sentence. He will probably die before he serves out his term.
President Obama who was quick to herald his role in killing Osama has forsaken Dr. Afridi to the barbaric conditions of a Pakistani prison. Dr. Afridi, who is in his late forties, will most likely rot or die of torture. The United States responded by cutting aid to Pakistan by $33,000,000. That works out to a million bucks for each year of Dr. Afridi’s sentence.
Lately there have been reports of Afridi being tortured by the Pakistani officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency in the Peshawar Central Jail. The torture reputedly includes electrical shock and cigarette burns to very sensitive parts of his body.
The moral of this story is to never trust the Magnificent O to have your back. He will always desert you. Everyone, but the President’s inner circle, is expendable.
Meanwhile, there are some honorable members of Congress who are trying to gain the release of Afridi and his family. This man needs to be honored as a hero and moved with his entire family to the United States. Also, 15 of Dr. Afridi’s nurses have been stripped of their Registered Nurses licenses for merely being associated with him. They and their families should be resettled in the USA also.
The next time our CIA needs help, the list of volunteers could be exceedingly short.
In hoc signo vinces,