AP Exclusive: ACLU Seeks OAS Probe of Padilla Case
Source: Associated Press
By By PETER JAMES SPIELMANN Associated Press
NEW YORK December 11, 2012 (AP)
The American Civil Liberties Union says it will ask the OAS' human rights commission to investigate the U.S. government for allegedly violating the rights of convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla by labeling him an "enemy combatant" a decade ago and subjecting him to interrogation that amounted to torture, including sleep and sensory deprivation in solitary confinement.
The watchdog legal group told The Associated Press that it plans to file a petition Tuesday morning to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which serves as the human-rights investigation arm of the Organization of American States. It is based in Washington.
Jamil Dakwar, the ACLU's human rights program director, said this will be the first-ever petition to be filed to the OAS commission by an American citizen against the U.S. government alleging torture and abuse.
It asks the OAS body to recommend that the United States publicly acknowledge the violations and apologize for its unlawful conduct.
about the criteria used by the ACLU to take this case.
Also if the United States Government had Tortured me, an American citizen, I would expect a hell of
a lot more than an apology and acknowledgment of their wrongdoing.
From my understanding the ACLU does not take cases on an individual basis - those that will have an effect to an individual
and no others. Is the ACLU expecting an influx of American citizens claiming some insidious secretive Torture regimen that
has been taking place, with the public in the dark of this Unconstitutional conspiracy?
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." George W Bush - Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005