The U.S. may have captured one of the most important terrorism suspects yet -- a mother of three with a degree from one of the top universities in the nation, and ties to al Qaeda.
Until her capture last month in Afghanistan, Aafia Siddiqui was the only woman on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists. She is believed to be a top agent of al Qaeda.
"We've been looking for her for a long time, and we knew she's been involved in a variety of nefarious activities," former CIA officer John Kiriakou explained.
Siddiqui was a neuroscientist, schooled in America at MIT before her return to Pakistan.
Her captors found on her information on chemical, biological and radioactive weapons. She was also carrying maps of New York City and its subway system, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty, as well as the nearby Plum Island Animal Disease Center, home to many lethal pathogens.
"They found someone who is highly educated, who's very capable and who's willing to do the research," Kiriakou said.
The FBI said Siddiqui also possessed a computer thumb-drive storage device loaded with emails to potential terrorists. They hope it's a roadmap to terror plots in the works.
Siddiqui is now in custody in New York City, where friends and family have been protesting her innocence.
She's charged with trying to shoot the agents and soldiers who captured her, a fight in which she was shot.
The FBI is now trying to track down some of Siddiqui's classmates from MIT.
CBN News Terror Analyst, Erick Stakelbeck, says it's very significant that she was educated in the U.S.
"This is exactly what al-Qaeda wants. They want to place operatives in the U.S. who are westernized, who are fluent in English," he said. "Aafia Siddiqui fits both of those qualifications. And not only that, she's very, very intelligent."