Mother Jones' Full Coverage of Jose Padilla
May 22, 2007
Are We Better Off: One Liberty at a Time
From the cages at Guantanamo to a jail cell in Brooklyn, the administration isn't just threatening the rights of a few detainees—it's undermining the very foundation of democracy.
May/June 2004 Issue
Jose Padilla Case Stalled by Jurors Who Doubt Official Story on 9/11
Jose Padilla's trial is ongoing and it turns out jury selection has run into a speed bump. The problem? Too many potential jurors who are so disillusioned by the government and so distrustful of the news media that they doubt the official story on 9/11.
May 04, 2007
Details Emerge About Padilla's Treatment in Confinement
On Tuesday Jose Padilla's jailers were forced to testify about the conditions of his secretive three-year-eight-month confinement in a naval brig as part of a hearing on whether or not Padilla is fit to stand trial; it is significant testimony because it's the first time any of Padilla's captors have been forced to speak publicly.
February 28, 2007
Gov't Rules Padilla (aka "Piece of Furniture") Fit to Stand Trial
Sadly, the doctors who have some say in determining if Jose Padilla is fit for trial are associated with the prison system accused of making him unfit in the first place.
February 14, 2007
The White House released a list of the ten terror plots that President Bush last week claimed to have disrupted since 9/11. One wonders, though, how loosely the White House is using the word "plot."
October 10, 2005
Laws are for the weak...
Remember when a federal judge ruled that Jose Padilla needed to be either charged or released? Well, the Justice Department begs to differ.
March 15, 2005
A new ruling on Padilla
The court's decision, which will lead to an order to release Padilla unless criminal charges are brought against him, also established some new precedents.
March 1, 2005
War on Terror Timeline
Rules bent, laws changed, and cases abandoned in the U.S. since 9/11.
October 25, 2004
Canceling the Blank Check
In a sharp rebuke to the administration, the court essentially argued, in the words of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, "A state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation's citizens."
June 30, 2004
The Bush administration argues that Padilla, who is a U.S. citizen, is an "enemy combatant" and as such forfeits key constitutional rights -- such as the right to due process. The court's ruling in his case will go a long way toward defining the parameters of executive power in the open-ended war on terror.
April 28, 2004
Starting today, the Supreme Court will begin to consider whether the executive branch, in the name of fighting terror, can restrict civil liberties. The court will hear arguments in three cases concerning detainees including U.S. citizen Jose Padilla, who is being held by the U.S. government indefinitely, without charge, and without access to counsel.
April 20, 2004
Into the Shadows
In Guantanamo, Cuba, and in occupied Iraq we now have two black holes of injustice.
April 6, 2004
New York’s 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that U.S. citizen and so-called "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla, who has been held as an enemy combatant should be released from military custody and tried in civilian courts.
December 23, 2003
This week brought some new and unexpected twists in the ongoing tussle between the Bush administration and civil liberties advocates over practices the government claims are essential in its "war on terror."
December 4, 2003
July 14, 2003