Verdict In: Guilty
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.