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Verdict In: Guilty

August 16, 2007


MIAMI – Jose Padilla was convicted of federal terrorism support charges Thursday after being held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration’s zeal to stop homegrown terror.

Padilla, a U.S. citizen from Chicago, was once accused of being part of an al-Qaida plot to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the U.S., but those allegations were not part of his trial.

Padilla, 36, and his foreign-born co-defendants, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi, were convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people overseas, which carries a penalty of life in prison. All three were also convicted of two terrorism material support counts, which carry potential 15-year sentences each.  read more..

Christian Science Monitor has an interesting article in regards to the legal issues that tie to this case and the reasons as to why their is no mention of the “dirty bomb” that the government accused him of plotting.  Although, I must say that I do not agree with the opinions that this would have exposed the underside of America’s war on terror as Padilla now being found guilty by a jury of his peers actually does more damage to the tactics being used in this war on terror.

Read the whole article Beyond Padilla terror case, huge legal battles.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2007 5:44 pm

    The Padilla case is far from over, as there will be many appeals and more of the governments overreaching tactics will hopefully be exposed. The real war on terror is with our own fear and mistrust, as it always has been.

    Ya Haqq!

  2. August 17, 2007 6:06 pm

    I agree Irving. I’m sure there will be many appeals. I’ve hardly been keeping up with this trial but reading some of the articles I am forced to ask some questions in regards to the way this war on terror is being fought. Quite honestly, I’m not even sure how “the dirty bomber” could even get a fair trial here in the states. I often wonder how there is no call for an international tribunal in these cases. Can we really be objective in these cases?

    Still, I hope that we can see past all of the “see, our intelligence paid off” and realize that our internationally recognized illegal tactics are not needed for convictions. If we can realize this maybe we can win that war on fear and mistrust.

    I think I’ll elaborate a little more on this in another post.

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