"If the Law Does Not Protect Jose Padilla . . . It Protects No One"

In February, a federal district court in South Carolina dismissed our lawsuit on behalf of American citizen Jose Padilla against Donald Rumsfeld and other current and former officials, saying the former Secretary of Defense was entitled to "qualified immunity" for his role in the arbitrary detention and torture of Padilla. Today we appealed that dismissal to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

As you might recall, Padilla was arrested in March 2002, held without charge for four years in a South Carolina military brig and without access to a lawyer for two years, and was tortured to the point that brig authorities described his behavior (or lack thereof) as "like a piece of furniture." The Bush administration first claimed that Padilla was plotting with al-Qaeda to detonate a radiological “dirty bomb” in a U.S. city, but no evidence of such a plot has ever been presented. A maze of several legal proceedings, including one trip to the Supreme Court and back again to lower courts, landed Padilla where he is today.

In a statement today, Ben Wizner, litigation director of our National Security Project, said: "If the law does not protect Jose Padilla — an American citizen arrested on American soil and tortured in an American prison — it protects no one."

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Anonymous

THE ACLU NEEDS TO LEAVE GOD IN THE U.S.A AND THROW OBAMA AND THE REST OF THE THIEVES IN D.C OUT

Anonymous

¨Anonymous Says:
Jun 8th, 2011 at 1:56pm
THE ACLU NEEDS TO LEAVE GOD IN THE U.S.A AND THROW OBAMA AND THE REST OF THE THIEVES IN D.C OUT¨
- Your comment has nothing to do with the article and shows a real lack of rational thinking.

j-mil

Way to stay on topic "Anonymous." I'd also like to applaud your awesome punctuation skills.

This whole situation is a travesty. It's almost too much to wrap my head around. And the sad thing is that hardly anyone cares.

Anonymous

You sir are an Idiot

Anonymous

Real mature. And who would you put in Obama's place? An even BIGGER Republican corporate-loving thief? Wake-up, grandpa and stop watching Fox News. Both political parties are hurting Americans, both are serving corporate and wealthy interests over the average American. The current administration is more or less continuing the agenda set out by Bush Jr.

Anonymous

CAP LOCKS IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL

Anonymous

As the commenter above me proves, there are a lot of retarded Americans. It's nice that they are interested in subjects like these but clearly they are just too moronic to understand subject. Dimwit above can't comprehend that the ACLU benefits even stupid retards like him.

Anonymous

Anonymous sounds like just another so called Christian who does not actually follow any of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Anonymous

Caps lock is cruise control for cool. Also, do you even pay attention to politics, or have something relevant to say in regard to this article?

Anonymous

After we undo the human rights of non-human legal entities, we should address this whole "sovereign immunity" thing where people in government power can wield it without any consequences. It's so disgusting it makes me want to puke all over Washington. But that might actually be an improvement...

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