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December 2, 2001

       Author Robert Pelton, working as a freelance CNN contributor, learns that one of the survivors is an American and is being treated at a hospital in Sheberghan. He goes to the hospital with video cameras and a few members of the US Special Forces. John Walker Lindh allegedly refuses, at least twice, permission to film him and be interviewed, but the CNN cameramen start filming anyway. Pelton asks him if he wants to deliver a message to his family through CNN, but Lindh declines saying he prefers to send a message through the ICRC. [CNN, 7/4/2002 Sources: Proffer of facts in support of defendant's suppression motions submitted June 13, 2002] Pelton offers him some food; then offers to have a Special Forces medic treat his wounds. Fearing torture and death if he remains in the custody of the Northern Alliance, Lindh finally accepts Pelton's offer and agrees to be interviewed. Lindh is then moved to another room, with Special Forces personnel present, and receives medical treatment, with CNN cameras rolling. At this point, as US government papers confirm, “John Walker Lindh comes into the custody of the United States military forces.” [New Yorker, 3/3/2003; CNN, 12/20/2001] According to the US medic, Lindh is “malnourished and in extremely poor overall condition.” He does not remove the bullet in Lindh's leg, deciding to leave it in “for later removal as evidence.” [Sources: Proffer of facts in support of defendant's suppression motions submitted June 13, 2002] Another Special Forces officer says Lindh is acting “delirious.” While Lindh is administered morphine through an IV, Pelton starts to interview him. [Sources: Proffer of facts in support of defendant's suppression motions submitted June 13, 2002] Following the CNN interview, a Special Forces officer interrogates him, even though Lindh is “delirious,” under the influence of morphine and seriously wounded. Lindh is not read his Miranda rights. [Sources: Proffer of facts in support of defendant's suppression motions submitted June 13, 2002] The “Miranda” rights are what a police officer is required to inform an arrested person before questioning. It follows from the Fifth Amendment which provides civil protection against being “compelled in a criminal case to be a witness against himself.” The standard warning reads: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.” If this warning is not given before the interrogation takes place, statements made by the accused are considered involuntary and become inadmissible in a trial. The name “Miranda” stems from the case of Miranda v. Arizona, which was decided by the US Supreme Court in 1966.
People and organizations involved: John Walker Lindh
          

(December 5, 2001)

       Around the third day at the school (see December 2-5, 2001), probably on December 5, Lindh, unaware of the fact that a lawyer has been hired for him, is interrogated by two military officers. The questioning goes on for two or three days in sessions lasting several hours at a time. Again no Miranda warnings are given (see December 2, 2001). [Sources: Proffer of facts in support of defendant's suppression motions submitted June 13, 2002] There is some discussion, however, among military personnel about whether Lindh should be advised of his right against self-incrimination. An Army intelligence officer is advised that instructions have come from “higher headquarters” for interrogators to coordinate Lindh's interrogation with military lawyers. The intelligence officer asks to be faxed a Miranda form, but, according to the documents, “he never [gets] it.” The officer, however, also says, he is “in the business of collecting [intelligence] information, not in the business of Mirandizing.” After the first hour of interrogation, according to the documents, the interrogator provides the admiral in charge of Mazar-i-Sharif with a summary of what the interrogators have so far collected. The admiral tells him that the secretary of Defense's counsel has authorized him to “take the gloves off” and ask whatever he wants. The unnamed counsel in question may well have been Williams Haynes. The initial responses Lindh gives to his interrogators are, according to the documents, cabled to Washington every hour. [The Los Angeles Times, 6/9/2004] After the interrogations are ended, Lindh is told his conditions will improve. From then on, he is given a third meal a day and no longer held at gunpoint 24 hours a day. [Sources: Proffer of facts in support of defendant's suppression motions submitted June 13, 2002]
People and organizations involved: John Walker Lindh, William J. Haynes
          

December 9, 2001

       After two days naked, hungry, in pain and sleepless in the cold container, John Walker Lindh is dressed in hospital garb and carried, still blindfolded and handcuffed, to a nearby room or tent. As his blindfold is removed, Lindh finds himself in the presence of an FBI agent. From an “advice of rights” form, the agent begins to read Lindh his Miranda rights. Where the form refers to the right to an attorney, the FBI agent adds, “Of course, there are no lawyers here.” Lindh, nevertheless, asks if he can see an attorney, but the FBI agent repeats his statement that there are no attorneys present. Lindh then signs a Miranda waiver of his constitutional Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and to consult an attorney, believing he would otherwise return to the conditions to which he was previously subjected, or that a worse fate may await him. The subsequent interrogation by the FBI agent lasts at least three hours. [US v. John Phillip Walker Lindh, 6/13/2002]
People and organizations involved: John Walker Lindh
          

December 10, 2001

       John Walker Lindh is again questioned by the FBI agent who had interrogated him the previous day (see December 9, 2001). Lindh again asks for a lawyer, and again he is told no lawyers are available. Lindh is returned to the container, but now his treatment begins to improve. His leg and handcuffs are loosened and he is blindfolded less often. The duct tape is removed. He receives more food, an additional blanket and he is allowed to continue to wear the hospital garb. [US v. John Phillip Walker Lindh, 6/13/2002]
People and organizations involved: John Walker Lindh
          

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 23, 2002

       A Qatari detainee, Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, who is scheduled for trial in the US in August on charges of making false statements to the FBI, is declared an “enemy combatant.” The Pentagon says the judgment is based on unspecified “recent credible information provided by other detainees in the War on Terrorism.” [Amnesty International, 8/19/2003]
People and organizations involved: Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Mari
          


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