Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Monday, December 04, 2006

There's a bunch of buzz about how prisoner and "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla is being treated. You can read about it here, and here, if you have the stomach.

Ironically, the treatment has been so bad as to make the guy unavailable for his own defense:
They argue that he has been so damaged by his interrogations and prolonged isolation that he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and is unable to assist in his own defense. His interrogations, they say, included hooding, stress positions, assaults, threats of imminent execution and the administration of “truth serums.”

....Dr. Angela Hegarty, director of forensic psychiatry at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, N.Y., who examined Mr. Padilla for a total of 22 hours in June and September, said in an affidavit filed Friday that he “lacks the capacity to assist in his own defense.”

“It is my opinion that as the result of his experiences during his detention and interrogation, Mr. Padilla does not appreciate the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him, is unable to render assistance to counsel, and has impairments in reasoning as the result of a mental illness, i.e., post-traumatic stress disorder, complicated by the neuropsychiatric effects of prolonged isolation,” Dr. Hegarty said in an affidavit for the defense.


Philip D. Cave, a former judge advocate general for the Navy and now a lawyer specializing in military law, said, “There’s nothing comparable in terms of severity of confinement, in terms of how Padilla was held, especially considering that this was pretrial confinement.”
Let's leave aside the immorality of the treatment for just a moment. Let's also forget for a moment that the government case against the guy stinks. The government has now given the guy a fantastic defense and a sympathetic environment for his trial.

The people running the White House and the Pentagon are a sadistic bunch of animals.