Should U.S. help Doctor who located Usama bin Laden?

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Should U.S. help Doctor who located Usama bin Laden?

Does the United States have an obligation to help the doctor who is now in jail for helping the CIA find Usama bin Laden? Should we withhold the billions in aid we give Pakistan every year if they won't comply?

According to several news organizations, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA locate Usama bin Laden has been sent to prison.

The New York Times reports ?[a] tribal court sentenced Shakil Afrid to 33 years in jail and fined him $3,500?.?

?Outrageous,? declared Heritage Foundation analyst Lisa Curtis who has been following the US-Pakistani relationship closely for many years. ?Pakistan should be finding and prosecuting the individuals who helped harbor bin laden all of those years NOT the people who helped us track the world?s most wanted terrorist.?

This outrage is particularly galling coming on the heels of the debacle at the NATO summit in Chicago. President Obama decided to play nice and engineered a last minute invitation to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.

The White House had hoped to use the occasion to trumpet an agreement to reopen the supply lines into Afghanistan, but at the last minute the Pakistanis decided to up the price and reportedly demand up to a thirty fold increase in transit fees.

The U.S. balked.

Nothing happened, and Obama looked pretty silly.

These slights would not be so serious if they did not come at the end of long list of gripes.

Pakistan has done little to rein in the Al Qaeda affiliates in the country who not only keep bin Laden?s dream alive, but organize attacks to kill Americans in Afghanistan. Further, Pakistan still can?t explain why their country is the preferred vacation destination for high-level Taliban leaders.

Rather than make amends for bad behavior, Pakistan is demanding more from the U.S. while it delivers less and less.

If President Obama is serious about leaving Afghanistan and not having the whole thing melt down in a bloody mess, he is going to have to get Pakistan to become a constructive regional player. That won?t happen if Islamabad thinks it can continue to play Washington for a patsy.

President Obama will have to go to the mat for Shakil Afrid and his family?and not just because it is the right thing to do. If America lets this insult and injustice stand, where will it all end?

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/05/23/obama-must-go-to-mat-for-pakistani-doctor-who-helped-us-find-bin-laden/#ixzz1viU56YTO

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Does the United States have an obligation to help the doctor who is now in jail for helping the CIA find Usama bin Laden? Should we withhold the billions in aid we give Pakistan every year if they won't comply?

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/05/23/obama-must-go-to-mat-for-pakistani-doctor-who-helped-us-find-bin-laden/#ixzz1viU56YTO

What exactly do you want them to do? Put in a special force to kidnap him out of jail?

Pakistan is a sovereign country. That sovereignty was violated when the US murdered a man on their soil. That was a hard choice and there are consequences. I think so far the consequences have been very light. I'm sorry this man is paying for the US' choice. The US should tell Pakistan they disagree with him being in jail.

Imagine if the Pakistani army came into the US and shot someone dead and left. What kind of reprisals would the US give?

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I think they need to put political pressure and withhold funds or do whatever is necessary to get him released. The administration directly caused him to be in jail by bragging about how they got Bin Laden, so they are responsible for getting him out of this mess. None of the facts about how he helped should have been given to the media and he would not be in this situation. Now Obama is putting our military in even more danger by giving hollywood access to information about the raid so they can make a movie.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/23/white-house-gives-moviemakers-the-scoop-on-osama-bin-laden-raid.html

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Pakistan is a sovereign country. That sovereignty was violated when the US murdered a man on their soil. That was a hard choice and there are consequences. I think so far the consequences have been very light. I'm sorry this man is paying for the US' choice. The US should tell Pakistan they disagree with him being in jail.

But Pakistan is also a member country of Interpol and they harbored an international terrorist. The CIA has particpated in other joint efforts with Interpol to apprehend international fugitives and I would say shame on Obama for standing by and allowing the man to spend the rest of his life in prison.

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But Pakistan is also a member country of Interpol and they harbored an international terrorist. The CIA has particpated in other joint efforts with Interpol to apprehend international fugitives and I would say shame on Obama for standing by and allowing the man to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Completely agree with this.

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At least someone is trying to take action. Hopefully they will listen.

A Senate panel expressed its outrage Thursday over Pakistan's conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down Usama bin Laden, voting to cut aid to Islamabad by $33 million -- $1 million for every year of the physician's 33-year sentence for high treason.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/24/senate-panel-cuts-pakistan-aid-over-conviction/#ixzz1vpAucsrs

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I agree with this author. Failing to protect this man had done great damage to the war on terror because no one is going to want to help us now that we have proven we don't care about them once it's over.

Dr. Afridi did what he thought was right – to help us locate an enemy who has not only hurt the US by his role in the 9/11 attacks, but who has also helped radicalize (and destabilize) Pakistan -- in my view, he was a patriot.

How are we to move forward now? What foreign national will trust CIA or DoD case officers with their life and the well-being of their family? It is indeed, doubtful.

The White House has done nothing to try to prevent the Pakistani government’s prosecution of him for his support to the US and even less now to take action to rescue Dr. Afridi – the State Department has remained silent both in public and private circles.

This is not simply about the life of one man – this is about our nation’s ability to seek and recruit foreign nationals who will put their lives on the line to help us.

We have not only failed Dr. Afridi, we have failed to keep our word to him -- and to our own principles and ability to conduct real intelligence collection.

We need “insiders” within foreign countries and terrorist networks to work for the CIA and DOD – to provide us with critical information – this is critical for our continued success in preventing attacks against the U.S. and our interests. But through the White House failure in this case it has jeopardized our ability, as intelligence officers, to do our job – to obtain through foreign individuals protected information…in other words, the White House has done severe damage to our ability to spy.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/05/25/who-will-help-us-now-after-shameful-treatment-hero-pakistani-doctor/#ixzz1vunuW28w