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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Mindblowingly unsurprising


U.S. Citizen Jose Padilla has filed a motion to dismiss the charges against him (charges which are extremely vague and not related to the reason he was supposedly locked up in the first place), claiming that he was tortured for almost the entire three and a half years he was detained without charges on U.S. soil.

Seriously, read the brief (excerpted at the first link above, .pdf here). It will blow your mind how implausible it isn't.

Via Glenn Greenwald, who points out that:

...all of the treatment he describes are part of the "interrogation and detention techniques" which the President now has the legal authority to invoke pursuant to the so-called Military Commissions Act of 2006 -- enacted by our Congress just ten days ago. Thus, everything Padilla describes is now perfectly legal in the United States -- even when applied against individuals charged with no crimes of any kind.

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