”Hamadi, a 31-year-old born in Louisiana, wasn’t physically tortured, but he was imprisoned in a navy brig without a trial for three years. He was unable to tell his family where he was; forbidden to speak to a lawyer; and could not see the evidence against him or receive a visit from the Red Cross. The Bush administration argued that they had to make this U.S. citizen believe he was utterly in the power of his interrogators, that his situation was hopeless and that he would never get out, in order to question him usefully. When the Supreme Court insisted that this American citizen had to receive some kin of hearing, the administration simply let him go. It is hard not to wonder if a hearing might have revealed that the evidence against him would not hold up.
“Jose Padilla, a 36-year-old American citizen, was called an ‘enemy combatant.’ You probably heard of him as the ‘dirty bomber’ because that’s how his arrest saturated the airwaves: The administration asserted when they took him in that he had al-Qaeda connections, he planned to set off a dirty bomb, and he was also planning a series of natural gas explosions in apartment buildings. Very scary.
“(You probably didn’t hear that none of those accusations appear in the indictment against him. In fact, no violent plot against the United States appears in this indictment.)” (pg 55)
Chapter 3: Establish Secret Prisons, The End of America, by Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green, 2007, ISBN 978-1-933392-79-0
Spiel redux: Everyone should buy 2 copies and give one away. Give one to someone you love or just think needs a wake up call. It’s been adding up over the years, I hadn’t realized, but Naomi Wolf lays it all out for us.