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Jose Padilla

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Jose Padilla is a U.S. citizen born in Brooklyn of Puerto Rican ancestry. He was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in May 2002 upon returning from Egypt, amid hysterical claims that he was plotting a "dirty bomb", and then quickly transferred into military custody at the Consolidated Naval Brig in Charleston, South Carolina. He was held there for three and a half years without being charged with any crime, or access to any judicial proceeding whatsoever.

In November 2005, the Bush administration finally charged him in civilian court in order to avoid a unfavorable ruling by the Supreme Court in his petition for a writ of ceritorari from the lower court decision in his habeas corpus appeal. He was charged with vague counts of material support for terrorism, and the "dirty bomb" claims were quietly dropped for lack of evidence.

Padilla converted first to Christian protestant fundamentalism and then later to Sunni Islamic fundamentalism.


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Throughout the first three and a half years of his captivity, Mr. Padilla was held in solitary continement, subjected to sleep deprivation and extreme cold. He was injected with psychotropic drugs, and interrogated for 12 hours at a time.

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This page was last modified 18:38, 16 August 2007 by dKosopedia user Corncam. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) BartFraden and Allamakee Democrat. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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