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I got a kick out of this story:

Judge Rejects Padilla Torture Arguments

A federal judge refused to dismiss terrorism charges against suspected al-Qaida operative and former 'dirty bomb' suspect Jose Padilla over claims he was tortured in U.S. military custody...

Cry me a river.

[Padilla] claims he was forced to stand in painful stress positions, given LSD or some other drug as a 'truth serum,' subjected to loud noises and noxious odors, and forced to endure sleep deprivation, extreme heat and cold and harsh lights.

Yeah, so, exactly what is Padilla's beef?

[Judge Marcia] Cooke had ruled earlier that Padilla was competent to stand trial despite conclusions from defense mental health experts that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his years in military custody.

Oh, well, c'est la vie.


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Comments (7)

Awwwww, my heart bleeds for... (Below threshold)

Awwwww, my heart bleeds for the wittle bitty wussy whiny baby. What a p***y.

Sign him up now for the Future Democrats of America.

So the initial charges were... (Below threshold)

So the initial charges were dropped once Padilla was safely ensconced in a navy brig, and there he was to remain under Bush's suspension of the Writ of Habeus Corpus since charges are irrelevent by definition then. Right? (real question)

Then, when the suspension of such Writ is ruled unconstitutional by a judge and Padilla is ordered released, he is charged with "applying" for an Al-Qaeda position, which is "conspiring to murder, kidnap", etc. overseas. Right? (real question again)

I'd say Padilla might have a beef. And the government a shakey case. Dunno. Jayse isn't too expository. Beware of Leviathon is my motto.

Let Jack Bauer have about 1... (Below threshold)
Dave A.:

Let Jack Bauer have about 10 minutes with him. The harsh lighting and loud noises might not seem so bad by comparison. ("Quit your whining or I'll give you something to cry about." We all learned that from our dads, didn't we?)

I got a feeling that this g... (Below threshold)

I got a feeling that this guy padilla will catch a bullet or slip and fall fatally somehwere along the way. And deservedly so.

This may seem trivial, J... (Below threshold)

This may seem trivial, Jayson, but there's an aspect to this story that I've been wondering about ...

Like me, Jose Padilla was a Chicagoan before he went off to Pakistan to become an Al Qaeda jihadi. As the story first broke, he was consistently referred to as Jose "Puh-DEE-Uh". Over the last year or so, everyone in the media has begun to pronounce his name as Jose "Puh-DILL-uh". What gives? Is this a common pronounciation, or is there some attempt to de-Latinize his name? Chicago has a large, politically activeLatino population, and I have wondered if this new pronounciation of his surname is an attempt to disconnect him from any connection to this community.

Yeah, I get a "kick" too ou... (Below threshold)

Yeah, I get a "kick" too out of the way this administration has disgraced itself and subverted the rule of law in this country. Only it's a kick in the ass.


I think you're off track. In an NPR interview earlier this year or late last year(I forget), I heard the interviewer asked one of Padilla's lawyers about the correct pronunciation of his name, and his lawyer said no one knew how to say it because no one had been able to reach him to ask him how he pronounced it. So, it's just a correction of an assumption about how it's supposed to be pronounced.

Jayson should hope and pray... (Below threshold)

Jayson should hope and pray that no one in the government suspects him of being a terrorist.

You know the definition of a liberal? A conservative who has been arrested.






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