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Jose Padilla and America's Descent into Fascism

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Update: Verdict reached; verdict to be read at 2:00 eastern.

Live blogging at: http://malcontends.blogspot.com/ 

[- with thanks to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library reference department -]

Warren Richey’s three-part series in the Christian Science Monitor shines a light on the tyranny and inhumanity of the Bush regime—functioning with the passive compliance and active participation of assorted generals, admirals, prison guards, flacks, hacks and flunkies and one U.S. District Judge, Marcia G. Cooke.

Reading Richey’s work is an experience, an endurance exercise in revulsion and anger at all—and that ought to include us—who let this obscenity occur in our country, in our names.

Links to the series:

US terror interrogation went too far, experts sayReports find that Jose Padilla's solitary confinement led to mental problems.

Investigators broke Padilla with intense isolationDespite warnings, officials used 43 months of severe isolation to force Jose Padilla to tell all he knew about Al Qaeda.

Beyond Padilla terror case, huge legal issuesHis detention and interrogation in the US raises basic constitutional questions.

Editorial - A verdict on Padilla – and the USA Monitor series reveals the damage done to a citizen's rights and thus the US ability to wage this war.

George W. Bush. Bush is of-course most responsible for this obscenity.

America does have an enemy combatant in our midst; and he works in the White House.

Some highlights from the series:

"He is not the same man who was taken into custody in 2002," says Angela Hegarty, a forensic psychiatrist in New York who spent 22 hours examining Padilla. "Whatever happened to him in there has radically changed him."

In 2002, the Justice Department produced a "torture" memo stating that victims would have to experience pain equivalent to organ failure to prove torture.

It is unclear what Padilla thinks about the possibility of an acquittal in Miami. But Hegarty says that if Padilla's lawyers win the case it could mark the worst possible outcome for him. That's because the president might try to move Padilla back to his old cell in the brig.

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Michael Leon is a writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writing has appeared nationally in The Progressive, In These Times, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at maleon64@yahoo.com.
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