We Broke Jose Padilla
“I’m not sure that any of us know what happened at the brig, but I know that something there put the fear into Mr. Padilla. Mr. Padilla is an anxiety-ridden, broken individual who is incapacitated by that anxiety,” – Patricia Zapf, a forensic psychologist who examined U.S. citizen, Jose Padilla, detained for years in solitary confinement with no charges brought against him.
Yep, we Jack Bauer’d him and he cracked. So what did he reveal? Apparently nothing in the way of actionable intelligence…just that our detainee policy is not only horribly flawed, but also morally bankrupt.
You may think my assessment is a bit harsh. Well, fair enough, but would we treat somebody who was accused of running drugs in a similar fashion? After all, we have declared a “war” on drugs. See, the most Padilla can get if he’s convicted is 20 years…
Mr. Padilla, 36, a former Chicago gang member and alleged Al Qaeda operative, is charged with being part of a terror cell that provided money, aid, and recruits to Islamic extremists. Those charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. His case is set for trial April 16 in Miami federal court.
If he does get convicted, will the court subtract the 4 years he’s already been detained?