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Torture, rendition, and other abuses against captives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere

 
  

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May 8, 2002

       Coming from Pakistan, Jose Padilla steps off the plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and is arrested by FBI agents. They take him to New York and hold him in federal criminal custody on the basis of a material witness warrant in connection to a grand jury investigation into the 9/11 attacks. Padilla is a Muslim convert and also goes by the name of Abdullah Al-Muhajir. [Sources: Rumsfeld v. Padilla, Supreme Court opinion on writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 6/28/2004]
People and organizations involved: Jose Padilla
          

May 15, 2002

       The FBI takes Jose Padilla to New York where he is detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC). The District Court for the Southern District of New York appoints Donna R. Newman as his defense attorney. [Sources: Padilla v. Bush et al., United States District Court, Southern District of New York, opinion and order, 12/4/2002]
People and organizations involved: Jose Padilla, Donna R. Newman
          

June 9, 2002

       President Bush designates Padilla, who has been in custody since May 8 (see May 8, 2002), an “enemy combatant” on advice from Rumsfeld and Ashcroft, and directs Rumsfeld to see that he his taken into military custody. Padilla is taken to the Consolidated Naval Brig in Charleston, South Carolina sometime during the middle of that night. At the time of the transfer, Padilla was awaiting a judgment on a request made by his counsel to have the material witness warrant (see May 8, 2002) vacated. [CNN, 6/11/2002]
People and organizations involved: Jose Padilla, Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft
          

June 10, 2002

       Attorney General John Ashcroft announces Padilla's arrest (see June 9, 2002), claiming that “in apprehending [Padilla] as he sought entry into the United States,” the US government has “disrupted an unfolding terrorist plot to attack the United States by exploding a radioactive ‘dirty bomb.’ ” [CBS News, 6/10/2002] Similarly, President Bush says: “This guy, Padilla, is a bad guy. And he is where he needs to be—detained,” along with many other “would-be killers” as part of the war on terrorism. And Rumsfeld too, states that Padilla “was unquestionably involved in terrorist activities.” [CNN, 6/11/2002] Padilla becomes publicly known as the “dirty-bomber.”
People and organizations involved: John Ashcroft, George W. Bush, Jose Padilla, Donald Rumsfeld
          

June 11, 2002

       In Doha, Qatar, Rumsfeld says the purpose of detaining Padilla is to obtain information from him. “Our interest, really, in this case, is not law enforcement,” he says. “It is not punishment. Because he was a terrorist or working with the terrorists, our interest at the moment is to try to find out everything he knows so hopefully we can stop other terrorist acts.” To illustrate his argument, Rumsfeld describes a recent situation in which intelligence gained from a prisoner in Kandahar led to the prevention of three terrorist attacks in Singapore. “If someone had said when we found that information or that person, ‘Well, now, let's arrest the person and let's start the process of punishing that person for having done what he did,’ we never would have gotten that information, and people would have died.” [American Forces Press Service, 6/11/2002]
People and organizations involved: Donald Rumsfeld, Jose Padilla
          

June 11, 2002

       Jose Padilla's attorney, Donna R. Newman, files a habeas corpus petition in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Newman informs the court that she has been told by the government that she is not permitted to visit Padilla or to speak with him. She may write, but he might not receive the correspondence, she says. [Sources: Padilla v. Bush et al., United States District Court, Southern District of New York, opinion and order, 12/4/2002]
People and organizations involved: Donna R. Newman, Jose Padilla
          

June 26, 2002

       Jose Padilla's public prosecutors file a document with the District Court for the Southern District in Lower Manhattan, which says Padilla had been declared an “enemy combatant” on grounds that “Citizens who associate themselves with the enemy and with its aid, guidance, and direction, enter this country bent on hostile acts, are enemy belligerents.” [CNN, 27 June 2002]
People and organizations involved: Jose Padilla
          

August 27, 2002

       Michael H. Mobbs, the special advisor to the undersecretary of defense for policy, files a six-page document asserting that Jose Padilla “has been closely associated with known members and leaders of the al-Qaeda terrorist network”; that he trained at al-Qaeda camps and “met with senior Osama Bin Laden lieutenant Abu Zubaida,” whom he approached “with [a] proposal to conduct terrorist operations within the United States”; and that he talked about a plan “to build and detonate a ‘radiological dispersal device.. . ’within the United States, possibly in Washington, D.C.” But the document also acknowledges that the “plan” was “still in the initial planning stages.” Finally, the declaration states that “it is believed that al-Qaeda members directed Padilla to return to the United States to conduct reconnaissance and/or other attacks on behalf of al-Qaeda.” The declaration concedes that the evidence on which its assertions are based are not entirely solid, noting that its intelligence sources “have not been completely candid about their association with al-Qaeda and their terrorist activities” and that “some information provided by the sources remains uncorroborated and may be part of an effort to mislead or confuse US officials.” [Newsweek, 6/9/2004; Washington Post, 9/1/2002, pp B06; Fox News, 8/28/2002]
People and organizations involved: Jose Padilla, Michael H. Mobbs
          

December 18, 2003

       A three-judge panel of the 2 US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York votes 2 to 1 that the military must release Jose Padilla within 30 days. [Knight Ridder Newspapers, 12/29/2003] “The government,” the court says, “can transfer Padilla to appropriate civilian authorities who can bring criminal charges against him.” Until now, no court in the US has ruled against the government's contention that even American citizens arrested on US soil can be held indefinitely based on wartime government prerogatives. “So far,” Office of Legal Counsel lawyer John Yoo comments, “the 2nd Circuit is the only court that has rejected the idea that the war on terrorism is, in fact, a war.” [Knight Ridder Newspapers, 12/29/2003]
People and organizations involved: John C. Yoo, Jose Padilla
          

April 28, 2004

       A Supreme Court Justice, during the oral arguments in the cases of Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi, asks how the Court can be certain that government interrogators are not abusing detainees. Deputy Solicitor General Paul Clement answers that the court will have to “trust the executive to make the kind of quintessential military judgments that are involved in things like that.” [Human Rights First, 6/2004]
People and organizations involved: Paul Clement, Jose Padilla, Yaser Esam Hamdi, Human Rights First
          

June 2004

       Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey Jr. releases a newly declassified Pentagon report that states that al-Qaeda “master planner” Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was “very skeptical” about Jose Padilla's dirty bomb plan when they met in Pakistan in March 2002, and suggested instead that Padilla bomb apartment buildings through conventional means. Padilla tells US interrogators later that he “proposed the dirty-bomb plot only as a way to get out of Pakistan and avoid combat in Afghanistan, yet save face with Abu Zubaida.” He says he also had “no intention of carrying out the apartment-building operation.” Nevertheless, the release of the Pentagon report is apparently intended to draw attention to Padilla's high-level al-Qaeda connection in an attempt to influence deliberations by the Supreme Court on the Padilla case. [Newsweek, 6/9/2004] This action by the Justice Department is heavily criticized at the time as being an inappropriate interference of the executive with the judiciary branch. [New York Review of Books, 7/15/2004]
People and organizations involved: James B. Comey Jr., Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaida, Jose Padilla
          

June 28, 2004

       In the case of Jose Padilla v. Donald Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court votes 5 to 4 in favor of the government, declining to rule on the basis of a technicality. The majority argues that his petition was incorrectly filed in New York rather than in South Carolina where he is currently held. While Padilla was held in New York in preparation for an appearance before a grand jury, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld designated him an enemy combatant. Padilla was thereupon transferred to military custody and sent to a naval brig in South Carolina to be detained indefinitely. His lawyer meanwhile, unaware of her client's transfer, filed a habeas corpus petition in New York against Rumsfeld. This was wrong say five justices who rule that Padilla has to re-file his petition in South Carolina. [Sources: Rasul et al. v. Bush et al., Supreme Court opinion on writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 6/28/2004] Four dissenting judges condemn the “secret transfer” of Padilla. Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the minority of justices, declares, “At stake in this case is nothing less than the essence of a free society.” Stevens also condemns the use of “incommunicado detention for months on end” as a means “to extract information” and places it among the “tools of tyrants.” [Sources: Rasul et al. v. Bush et al., Supreme Court opinion on writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 6/28/2004]
People and organizations involved: Jose Padilla, Donald Rumsfeld, Jose Padilla, Donald Rumsfeld, John Paul Stevens
          

March 1, 2005

       Judge Henry Floyd of the US District Court in South Carolina rules that the government must charge Jose Padilla with a crime within 45 days or release him. Judge Floyd also criticizes the government's move to declare Padilla an enemy combatant. “His alleged terrorist plans were thwarted at the time of his arrest. There were no impediments whatsoever to the government bringing charges against him for any one or all of the array of heinous crimes that he has been effectively accused of committing,” Floyd writes. “Since [Padilla's] alleged terrorist plans were thwarted when he was arrested on the material witness warrant, the court finds that the president's subsequent decision to detain [him] as an enemy combatant was neither necessary nor appropriate.” More fundamentally, Floyd finds: “It is true that there may be times during which it is necessary to give the executive branch greater power than at other times. Such a granting of power, however, is in the province of the legislature and no one else—not the court and not the president.” The Justice Department announces it will appeal the decision. [CNN, 3/1/2005]
People and organizations involved: Henry Floyd, Jose Padilla
          


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