The man who helped the United States find and eliminate Osama bin Laden has been found guilty of treason for his efforts and sentenced to prison.
Dr. Shakil Afridi was convicted of high treason in Pakistan, sentenced to 33 years in prison and fined an unannounced amount for his efforts to aid the U.S. in locating the al-Qaida leader.
Additionally, his family has been denied access to him.
The doctor set up a vaccination program near bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, as a ruse. He used the clinic to try to get DNA evidence from the al-Qaida leader's relatives to prove he was in the Abbottabad compound where he was killed on May 2, 2011, by a team of Navy SEALs.
The problem is that other than some mild public posturing the Obama administration does not appear to be doing anything to force Pakistan to release Afridi.
Some representatives in the Senate, however, are trying to put some pressure on Pakistan. A Senate committee voted last week to strip $33 million from next year's foreign aid to Pakistan ($1 million for each year of Afridi's sentence.)
We much prefer bills that Sen. Rand Paul introduced, though. Paul would cut off all foreign aid to Pakistan until Afridi is released. In the current fiscal year, we are giving Pakistan $2.1 billion.
Paul also introduced a bill that would confer American citizenship upon Afridi when he is set free.
"Pakistan must understand that they are choosing the wrong side," Paul was quoted as saying.
His bills also would send a strong message to the rest of the world - those who help us fight terrorists will be rewarded. Those who don't help will be punished.
We hope the administration realizes soon that helping this man who lead us to the mastermind of 9/11 is simply the right thing to do.
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