Faced with evidence of improper evidence and rampant rights violations against US citizen Jose Padilla, a US Appeals Court not only upheld the conviction but ordered a new sentencing hearing because they felt 17 years was “too lenient.”
Padilla was arrested in 2002 in a “dirty bomb plot” which officials eventually abandoned over lack of evidence. After spending over three years in a military brig without charges, Padilla was eventually charged with “terrorism support.”
The initial 2008 sentence was for 17 years and four months in prison, taking into account the three-plus years he spent in detention. The appeals court felt this too was unfair, and that because of Padilla’s past convictions, including one juvenile conviction for fighting, the sentence needed to be much longer.
Padilla’s lawyers say they intend to appeal to a higher court, saying that his torture in custody as well as the use of improper evidence warranted a new hearing.
14 thoughts on “Appeals Court: Last Court Too Lenient on Padilla”
Love the resemblance to John Doe #2 eye witness sketch in the Oklahoma City Bombing.
We really need to adopt the swastika as our national emblem. Just admit we're a bunch of disgusting Nazis and get it over with. The only hope the world has is for the US to go completely broke, and for China to develop superadvanced computing abilities so they can shut down our weapons systems. Otherwise this is wired: The United States of Torture and Indiscriminate Murder will put weapons in space; the BRIC nations will take countersteps, including the destruction of satellites, and the entire human race will be entombed within a web of space junk; the capitalist system will continue extracting and consuming until the earth is no longer livable. Our species will have locked itself in a sewer of its own creation. It will suffocate, even the rich pigs will drown on their own excrement. And good riddance.
Whoa whoa whoa….I was with you up until you started talking about "the capitalist system".
The system that created the mess you so colorfully described (and the one putting Padilla and John Walker "The American Taliban" in prison), is not capitalist! Call it crony capitalism, or fascism, but it certainly is not capitalist. The US's mostly capitalist system disappeared gradually starting from around 1913, accelerating in the 1930's and 40's, and again in 2001. We are now in a police state.
Please, outside of the entreprenurial spirit of capitalism, it is obsolete. It is not designed for a finite world, but a small world view. Capitalism is over as a dominant theme. It is breaking the back of the ecology, and hence the economy.
sorry sawtika is our aryan symbol od peace and perosperity for the indians and iranians. you have no right to claim on it. first read the meaning os swasti and you whiote anglos have never been an aryan race jsut the oppiste -ie, enemis of aryan race through out.
as for nazis=they were lenainet compared to the brutal barbarian anglosaxon centerfed in england which msut be destyroyed now to save world
So what Bright Lad is trying to make a name for himself by using Padilla as a punching bag again? Seems like whenever someone is trying to prove they are tough on Terrorism ™ they turn to those they already have in custody to ratchet up the screws a little more. If you're so tough why don't you go out and face them face-to-face in the field, or is that too scary for you? I guarantee you, they talk tough in the courtroom but if they were up close and personal with a real terrorist with a real agenda they'd be scared to death and powerless.
Well they still haven't convinced me that he was actually guilty of anything and maybe they haven't even convinced themselves either. He's just a straw man for their terror delusions. And guinea pig for their torture experiments.
the proof is right there, he ain't white, not a southern baptist and got a funny foreign name, auto guilty.
As goes Padilla so goes Manning? With the insanity that rules within and without the gates of Mordor on the Potomac it makes you wonder.
If you read Padilla's storic is absolutely tragic and horrific. They succeeded in driving the kid completely insane by torturing him. What they have done to Manning is nothing in comparison to what they have done to him. He is nothing but a drooling drone today. The Empire at its best!
It is indeed tragic. He was tortured for years and simply tossed down the memory hole by our corporatist fascist media organs. Padilla? Who's that?…. And as they've done to him they likewise seek to silence and drive mad another. Yes, the Empire in all its naked evil.
Heeeeeeeey, he's brown. He's a terrorist. I'm a white evangelical Amerikun with a big shotgun and married to my sister and I can't tell and don't care if his name is Mexicun of Mooslem…he's a terrorist just the same who wants to take my freedoms and my job away from me.
The new normal is that any individual who does not bow down will be crushed – without hesitation, without regret and without remorse.
The only bright spot to that is that wherever you find ruthless oppression, you also find those who will stand up and call out Evil at every opportunity. They may fall, but there will be others.
We are everywhere and nowhere. We are Spartacus.
Let's hope there will be others – but Spartacus was the martyr of a failed revolt.
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