The Crumbling Case Against Padilla

November 19, 2006 at 9:20 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Drugs, King George, Torture, War on Terror | 1 Comment

Who here remembers the pomp and circumstance with which Attorney General John Ashcroft announced via a press conference from Russia no less, the capture and detainment of one Jose Padilla, an American citizen. According to Mr. Ashcroft, Mr. Padilla was suspected of planning to plant a radiological dirty bomb somewhere in the United States. He was not accused, but he was labeled by the Bush administration as an “enemy combatant,” thus supposedly no longer protected by the Constitution. He was therefore held incommunicado for the past three years. Well, apparently the case against Mr. Padilla was unconstitutional through the military system, so before the Bush administration could be humiliated yet again in front of the Supreme Court, they moved him to the criminal system. Doing this however let the events that took place in secret start coming out, such as the facts that he was apparently tortured and drugged against his will. Now all the accusations against him are basically being thrown out, and he might soon be a free man. As Andrew Sullivan says:

So an American citizen, detained without due process for three years, accused of terribly serious crimes, and allegedly tortured, may not be found guilty, after all. And people wonder why many of us have concerns about the way the Bush administration has handled military detainees.

Is this really America?

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