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countryjake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-13-07 01:10 PM
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3. Here's the scariest part...
The elephant in the room in Padilla's case his detention, in brutal isolation, as an "enemy combatant" for 43 months in a military brig, and its effect on his mental health was swept aside as though it had never existed, not only during the trial itself, in which the judge, Marcia G. Cooke, explicitly barred both the prosecution and the defense from speaking about it, but also in much of the mainstream media coverage of the verdict.

This is shocking beyond belief. In a country in which far too many people have expressed their utter indifference to the fate of non-Americans detained by their government in the "War on Terror," the treatment of Padilla should at least have set alarm bells ringing. Unlike foreigners, who, according to the president, can be picked up anywhere in the world and imprisoned, tortured, and held forever without charge or trial, American citizens are supposed to be protected against this kind of treatment. Padilla's case emphatically proves that this is no longer true.


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