That remains the inescapable conclusion after the hapless Padilla was sentenced to 17 years in prison today after having been found guilty of the small handful of remaining charges that the government had not been embarrassed into dropping.The government had initially boasted that the former
For me, Padilla has been the ultimate wake-up call to the true character of the Bush administration: Imprisoning a one of its own
citizens on soil with no charges of any kind and then keeping him for years incommunicado, a line that I never though I would see crossed in my beloved America. U.S.
What is doubly sad is that the entire Padilla saga aroused so little controversy.
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