NPR REPORTS ON PADILLA CASE
NPR has a stunning report on the case of Jose Padilla. Padilla was arrested in 2002 at O’Hare airport here in Chicago. He was thought to be an al-Qaeda operative who was to set off a radioactive dirty bomb in a major U.S. city. He has been held nearly 4 years without a charge against him.
Padilla is an American citizen who is beign held as an “Enemy Combatant”. Here’s a snapshot of how he was treated:
His 9-by-7 foot cell had nothing in it: no window even to the corridor, no clock or watch to orient him in time.
Padilla’s meals were delivered through a slot in the door. He was either in bright light for days on end or in total darkness. He had no mattress or pillow on his steel pallet; loud noises interrupted his attempts to sleep.
Sometimes it was very cold, sometimes hot. He had nothing to read or to look at. Even a mirror was taken away. When he was transported, he was blindfolded and his ears were covered with headphones to screen out all sound. In short, Padilla experienced total sensory deprivation.
Read the rest of the story here. Thanks to DHaab for the link.