Saturday, November 26, 2005
Our venerated colleague Avedon Carol sniffed out a useful and informative post on the recent criminal indictments against American citizen and longtime detainee Jose Padilla. Julia of Sisyphus Shrugged points out that:
- Despite allegations that Padilla was involved in various "plots to set off a 'dirty bomb' and use natural gas lines to bomb American apartment buildings", the government chose to pursue lesser charges of "support to terrorism." Why? Because the testimony implicating Padilla in the bomb plots was extracted under torture and would almost surely have been thrown out of court.
- Even if Padilla is found innocent in court, the administration will almost certainly continue to assert its unconstitutional "right" to hold him as an enemy combatant. The criminal indictments were almost certainly timed to prevent Padilla's case from going before the Supreme Court, a venue in which President Bush's detainee program has not received much judicial love -- not even from Crazy Nino:
''The very core of liberty,'' Justice Scalia said, ''has been freedom from indefinite imprisonment at the will of the executive.''