Wednesday, November 01, 2006

American Held For Three Years Without Charges Claims He Was Tortured

Lawyers for alleged al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla have asked a Florida judge to dismiss the terrorism case against him, saying he was tortured and force-fed psychedelic drugs while held at a U.S. military brig for more than 3-1/2 years.

"The torture took myriad forms, each designed to cause pain, anguish, depression and ultimately, the loss of will to live," Padilla's attorney's said in the motion for dismissal filed in Miami federal court earlier this month.

"Often he had to endure multiple interrogators who would scream, shake and otherwise assault Mr. Padilla," his lawyers said. "Additionally, Mr. Padilla was given drugs against his will, believed to be some form of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or phencyclidine (PCP), to act as a sort of truth serum during his interrogations."
Padilla was barely mentally competent before the torture. There was also no real evidence against him so they wanted him to confess to something. Charges were only finally brought against when the courts were going to order him released. He is also an American citizen. Slippery slope folks, slippery slope.

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