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"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:06pm
In the case of Jose Padilla, nothing moves swiftly. He was arrested in March 2002, held without charge for two years in a South Carolina military brig without access to a lawyer, and was tortured to the point that brig authorities described his behavior (or lack thereof) as "like a piece of furniture." The Bush administration sought to justify his detention and subjecting him to harsh interrogation methods in part by claiming 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 been presented in court. 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.

Document a Day: More "Missing" Evidence

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:38pm

The CIA wasn't the only agency to videotape interrogations—or to make tapes disappear.

In 2007, during the trial of alleged would-be dirty-bomber Jose Padilla, prosecutors admitted they had not turned over to his defense team all…

The Conclusion of Chapter 4, "A Ponzi Scheme of Torture"

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 10:46am

Today we post the conclusion of “A Ponzi Scheme of Torture,” a chapter which pieces together the interconnected, serial tortures of Abu Zubaydah, Binyam Mohamed, and Jose Padilla.

In the first part of the chapter, “The Scheme,” we saw…

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