january, 2022

26jan1:00 pm2:00 pmVirtual EventThe Dangerous Campaign to Free Aafia Siddiqui

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The Dangerous Campaign to Free Aafia Siddiqui

1/26/20221:00pm EST1 hour

On January 15th, a British-Pakistani Muslim named Malik Faisal Akram entered the Colleyville, Texas synagogue of Congregation Beth Israel, and held four people hostage, including Beth Israel’s rabbi.

During negotiations with law enforcement Akram made clear his goal was to seek release for notorious convicted Al Qaeda terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, who is being held in nearby Carswell federal prison. While the investigation into Akram, including what ties he may have had to other jihadists or groups is still underway, questions are being raised about the role played by domestic Islamist groups, such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood in agitating for Siddiqui’s release from jail. What role did this agitation play in motivating Akram’s terror attack? Who is Aafia Siddiqui, and why would her early release from prison be dangerous for American national security?

To discuss these topics, the Center for Security Policy is proud to present Charles “Sam” Faddis, and Sam Westrop. Sam Faddis is a is a retired CIA operations officer and former head of the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center (CTC)’s Weapons of Mass Destruction unit. He is also a published author, and national security commentator.

Sam Westrop is the director of Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. He was previously the Research Director of the Boston-based Americans for Peace and Tolerance, and a senior fellow with the Gatestone Institute.

The program will be moderated by Kyle Shideler, the Center’s Director of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.


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