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Free Dr. Afridi

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. ROHRABACHER. Madam Speaker, as we commemorate the monstrous crime committed against America on Ð9/11, let us remember the plight of a heroic figure who helped us bring justice to those who murdered our fellow citizens on this day 11 years ago. I speak of Dr. Afridi, the man who risked his life to provide the intel our forces needed to locate and eliminate Osama Bin Laden, who now languishes in a jail in Pakistan.

There has been no resolution through this Congress nor public effort by the United States government to support Dr. Afridi in this, his hour of need. He has been tortured. His family has been attacked, and he is still in a desperate situation.

It behooves us as Americans to state in a unified and loud voice to his Pakistani captors, ``Dr. Afridi should be freed.'' The continued incarceration of Dr. Afridi affirms to all Americans that Pakistan is not our friend but instead is a partner in terrorism of especially those terrorists who are murdering our fellow Americans. Our motto today must be ``Free Dr. Afridi.''

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Dr. Afridi was asked why he risked his life to help in the efforts to bring Bin Laden to justice. His answer was that he respects and loves us, the American people.

On this 9-11 commemoration we need to express our outrage that Pakistan has incarcerated and tortured this hero in the war against terrorists.

Certainly, not one cent should ever be given to Pakistan in American aid, now that they're exposed for their evil terrorist deeds.

Free Dr. Afridi should be our cry on this commemoration of 9-11.

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