Anybody here know what Jose Padilla actually did? According to this article, almost nothing was brought before trial. Despite this alleged fact, he was convicted and sentenced to 17 years. After being held without any charges for three and half years in a Navy brig. Then another two years in solitary confinement. Without an attorney. An American citizen. Tortured, apparently by “third degree methods”.
I’m not defending the dude, no idea what he really did. I doubt we will ever know. But I’m deeply ashamed at my government and how it goes about defining “enemy combatants” and kidnaps and tortures whoever the hell it wants.
It would not surprise me in the least if Padilla is not guilty of anything other then opposing his government, which according to his alleged method of treatment, he has (had) every right to oppose. His “conviction” could be nothing more then “saving face” by an out of control diabolical system that refuses to admit any wrong doing and desperately executes it’s mistakes. Lest we forget, we have documented evidence now (and have had for many, many decades) of outrageous lies that have been perpetrated by our government.
At this point, we should have hordes of people pressing on the iron fences of the White House, armed with pitchforks, baseball bats and cattle prods, ready to storm the place and wreak vengeance. Where are the angry relatives of dead and maimed soldiers? Where are the idealistic students? Where are the taxpayers who’ve been robbed blind? Where’s the outraged Congress? Where are the incensed editorialists in the media?
They’re all at home, swilling brew and playing with the remote. No excitement here. I rather like that last sentence in that link above, “A government based upon lies is by definition a dictatorship”. It doesn’t make a lick of difference whose fat ass is occupying the White House throne, a government that is self-serving is dangerous as hell.
No matter, what’s done is done and they’ve thrown away the key to our Constitutional protections and destroyed the locks. Padilla’s case is something everyone should be aware of, because it shows just how easy it is today to be carted away. American citizens are in imminent and grave danger these days from their government, as the term “terrorist” and “enemy combatant” are slung around like Frisbees by an out of control security apparatus.