Rep. Rohrabacher Seeks Citizenship, Medal for Pakistani Doctor Who Helped Nab bin Laden

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The medical doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden--only to be left hung out to dry in Pakistan--is getting an assist from an unlikely source: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. The Costa Mesa Republican--who blames most societal ills on illegal immigration and vomits a little in his own mouth when folks talk amnesty--introduced a bill in Congress this week that would allow Dr. Shakeel Afridi to cut to the front of the line and be granted U.S. citizenship. Rohrabacher also wants the Congressional Gold Honor bestowed on Jamrud hospital's chief surgeon.

Afridi helped U.S. officials find bin Laden, reportedly using a neighborhood hepatitis inoculation program as a ruse to get a DNA sample from children inside the Abbottabad compound where the 9/11 mastermind was hiding from the world, under the assumption the samples would match bin Laden's DNA.

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Three weeks after the May 2011 raid that resulted in bin Laden's death was announced, Afridi was arrested by Pakistani officials and his family disappeared. A special Pakistan government commission recommended Afridi be charged with high treason for aiding in a foreign intelligence operation. Conviction could bring a death sentence.

"I'm very concerned about what the Pakistanis did with this individual," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta later told CBS News. "This was an individual who, in fact, helped provide intelligence on--that was very helpful with regards to this operation. And he was not in any way treasonous toward Pakistan. He was not in any way doing anything that would have undermined Pakistan."

Rohrabacher, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, issued a statement earlier this month calling for U.S. citizenship for Afridi, who has not been seen publicly for months.

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Dr. Shakeel Afridi
"It is shameful and unforgivable that our supposed allies in Pakistan have charged Dr. Afridi, who contributed to the operation that killed Bin Laden, with treason," Rohrabacher says in the press release. "The United States needs to stand with those who help us. We have not forgotten about Dr. Afridi.

"By granting him American citizenship we will send a direct and powerful message to those in the Pakistani government and military who protected the mastermind of 9/11 for all those years and who are now seeking retribution on those who helped to bring Bin Laden to justice."

Yesterday, Rohrabacher issued a separate press release announcing he would nominate Afridi for the congressional honor later this week.

"Dr. Afridi's acts to help the United States were extremely valiant and daring," the congressman says in that statement. "All Americans owe him our most sincere gratitude for helping to execute the terrorist who murdered thousands of innocent Americans.

"Awarding Dr. Afridi the Congressional Gold Medal is a great honor befitting a hero who took such great risks to help the United States achieve a major victory."

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fightin4freedomnfun
fightin4freedomnfun

Right on Dana!  It should create a whole lot of dissonance that our "ally" Pakistan wants to try Dr. Afridi for treason and punish him with death.  Imagine how many lives could have been saved if  Osama Bin Laden had been turned over years ago.  What a shame and a sham, for  it appears now as if the authorities in Pakistan were in collusion.  

Once again Rohrabacher has the courage to stand up for what he believes is right, and furthermore; he surfs way better than Moxley.  

Maqsood Kayani
Maqsood Kayani

The US authorities are planning giving their highest award to CIA agent & collaborator Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who is on CIA's payroll and who ran a fake Polio-eradication campaign for CIA in Abbotabad.We in Pakistan recommend Private Bradley Manning for a Sitara-e-Jur'at (Pakistan's highest award for Ghazis) for his honorable deed of pointing out and divulging USA's war crimes to Wikileaks. Bradley's brave act will save a lot of lives around the world, including US soldiers.

mitch young
mitch young

If he is in danger, he first (and last) stop should be India, a rapidly developing democracy with a long parliamentary tradition, independent courts, and about 200 million Muslims. That's they asylum law is supposed to work.

The Brits and Russians pretty much stopped Hitler for us, we didn't given them all citizenship.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Stop all financial support to Pakistan and put our weight behind India. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Yeah but didnt we give this dude a phat reward?  We should want him to come spend it here in the US of Dearborn 

Maqsood Kayani
Maqsood Kayani

The "financial support" you are talking about is the cost Pakistan has already suffered your (USA's) WOT (War On Terror). You have to reimburse the cost. Pakistan's economy is also shattered on account of this WOT. We also have 40,000 civilians and 6,000 sodires dead on account of this WOT.

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