Guilty and Broken
Thursday, Jose Padilla was found guilty of supporting terrorism overseas.
Jury finds Padilla guilty on terror charges
Padilla was taken into custody in Chicago as he stepped off a flight from Pakistan in 2002, and Bush declared him an "enemy combatant" and had him transferred to military custody. He was never charged as an "enemy combatant" and was eventually transferred from military to civilian custody where he was finally charged.
The Supreme Court ducked the chance to rule on the legality of Padilla's military detention in 2006, arguing that the issue was moot after his transfer to civilian custody for the Miami trial.
Apparently Padilla's fate was sealed when his fingerprints were found on an Al Qaeda form. You have to wonder how a CIA officer got ahold of that form. Also the alleged form was not filled out. Be careful what you handle, touching the wrong thing can be detrimental.
The disturbing part of the story was heard Thursday morning on Democracy Now. There is virtually no mention in the MSM of the depth and intensity of the torture that Padilla experienced while being held in isolation for years.
An Inside Look at How U.S. Interrogators Destroyed the Mind of Jose Padilla
"Padilla's cell measured nine feet by seven feet. The windows were covered over... He had no pillow. No sheet. No clock. No calendar. No radio. No television. No telephone calls. No visitors. Even Padilla's lawyer was prevented from seeing him for nearly two years."
According to his attorneys, Padilla was routinely tortured in ways designed to cause pain, anguish, depression and ultimately the loss of will to live.
His lawyers have claimed that Padilla was forced to take LSD and PCP to act as a sort of truth serum during his interrogations.
Also: DR. ANGELA HEGARTY: He’s no longer a person. He’s no longer an individual. There will be no record that he was ever there, that the interrogators -- this is from my knowledge of torture around the world -- that the interrogators essentially will be absolutely immune to any accountability.
If you listen to the segment, prepare yourself for hearing about the most sophisticated methods to completely break and brain damage a human being.