Mother Jones' Full Coverage of Jose Padilla

May 22, 2007


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Jose Padilla: Overdue Process

A terror detainee gets a lifeline: defense lawyer Donna Newman.
May/June 2006 Issue

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

The Bad Guy

Gangbanger, fifth columnist, radical Muslim, poor fatherless Puerto Rican—is it mere coincidence that in Jose Padilla the government has the perfect fall guy?
March/April 2003 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

Plots Aplenty

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

Wartime Powers

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

Balancing Act

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

The Rebound

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

Backing Off?

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

Daily MoJo

Kangaroo Justice?
July 14, 2003


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It is allowing travesties like the Jose Padilla incident to happen that is more a threat to the freedom of the American people than anything Al Qaida has the power to implement.
Posted by:MsAmericaJuly 4, 2007 10:20:21 PMRespond ^
We are currnetly living in a country that denies its citizenry the right to habeus corpus while committing crimes that involves torture.
Posted by: Gilberto AlvarezAugust 15, 2007 5:21:42 PMRespond ^
Even if Padilla was guilty of terorism he would not be a tenth as bad as our Vice President and congres is dragging it's feet on impeaching him.
Posted by:Ted GaultAugust 16, 2007 8:13:46 PMRespond ^
Concerning our leader and his regime, all i can say is; hitler is as hitler does.
Posted by:mo-eskAugust 17, 2007 11:58:08 AMRespond ^
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." Bush may have enacted legislation against citizens'inalienable rights that are guaranteed by our apparently worthless constitution and by God, but we are collectively responsible for ceding our power to him and his cabal. Maybe now more Americans will pay more attention to THEIR government, education, maturity, and spirituality than to mindless hedonism and cealize that their vote is their opinion, it impacts their lives, and they had best be honestly and well-informed to use it wisely. This requires familiarity with as many facets of any issue as possible, whether or not at first blush one may agree with them, in order to give oneself the opportunity to arrive at a soulsearchingly meaningful conclusion, or opinion, and to defend their rights, property, bodies, and souls from corruption. Even now intelligent people shrug their shoulders in despair and submission. Not so all peoples from the beginning of recorded time to the present. If our founding fathers could observe us now, I think that they's be disappointed and ashamed; God, by any name, loves us and gives us repeated opportunities to choose live in harmony or to self-destruct. What will WE choose; what will YOU choose?
Posted by:Aurora E. HunterAugust 17, 2007 1:47:39 PMRespond ^
Padilla's story is lost to history. He is mentally a vacuum. The government is a liar. The people see the picture through the lens of doubted journalists. The story is sad and gone. I just hope it does not ever become the story of one of my children.
Posted by:lawyerinloafers@yahoo.comAugust 17, 2007 8:19:31 PMRespond ^
The whole episode has been a hastily conceived attempt to "make an example" and to convey the idea that certain criminals have no rights, in this way expecting to calm the fears of the public. The photo indicates a baffled individual who barely relates to the significance of what the government says of his intent. While the sentence of 17 years might fit the actuality of spreading radioactivity, the way the prosecution played out distracts from the real issue of what Padilla attempted.
Posted by:Frank LornitzoJanuary 23, 2008 6:12:27 PMRespond ^
How is it that Luis Posada Carriles is allowed to pretty much walk around a free man when he has clearly been implicated in the bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455, the Havana bombings of 1997 that killed an Italian tourist, and the plot to kill Fidel Castro in Panama in 2000. The U.S. so-called "war on terrorism" would have much more credibility if it weren't so selective and applied to all terrorists regardless of the country/person targeted.
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