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Jose Padilla Indicted…Finally

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After three years, it’s about damn time.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 – Jose Padilla, an American citizen held without charge for more than three years as an enemy combatant, has been indicted in what the federal authorities said today was a plot to “murder, kidnap and maim” people overseas.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who announced the indictment here, said that Mr. Padilla had conspired as part of a “North American support cell” to send “money, physical assets and new recruits” overseas to engage in acts of terrorism and that he had traveled abroad himself to become “a violent jihadist.”

Regardless of what crime he may or may not have committed, the guy needs to have his day in court.

Why should an American citizen expect any different?