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  • MONDO WASHINGTON: Manila Enveloped in Oklahoma Bombing Case

    03/26/2002 2:13:50 PM PST · by Senator Pardek · 3 replies · 159+ views ^ | March 27 2002 | James Ridgeway
    Fourteen survivors and victims of the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995 filed suit against Iraq in federal district court in Washington, D.C., last week, claiming that Iraqi officials gave money and training to Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols. McVeigh was executed last April. Nichols, convicted of manslaughter and given a life sentence in federal court, is awaiting trial in Oklahoma state court, where survivors are determined that he get a death sentence. Nearly a year after McVeigh's execution, the case remains controversial. Families of victims have accused the federal government of shoddy detective work, and some even have claimed...

    07/26/2015 6:30:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | july 24, 2015 | joe kaufman
    The current Sheriff is Scott Israel; he was elected to office in November 2012. As Sheriff, Israel has made it a point to reach out to diverse crowds, including those who could be considered enemies of the U.S. and her allies. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s 2015 radical Muslim tour began this past January, when he posed for photos with Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout and a member of Zakkout’s Miami-based AMANA group at a local mosque. Zakkout is a big supporter of Hamas. On his Facebook page, one can find Hamas logos and photos of Hamas militants and leaders, including Hamas founders Ahmed Yassin and...
  • 'Lawfare' loses big

    01/30/2012 10:11:05 AM PST · by Martin_Schmidt · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/28/2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    The guerrilla legal campaign against national security suffered a big defeat this week, and the good news deserves more attention. The victory for legal sanity came Monday when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to toss out a suit brought by aspiring terrorist Jose Padilla against a slew of Bush Administration officials. Readers may remember that Padilla was arrested in 2002 for plotting to set off a dirty bomb on U.S. soil. He was detained as an enemy combatant, convicted in a Miami court and sentenced to 17 years in prison. But Padilla has been...
  • Police: Jessica Rivera Padilla Charged With Manslaugter

    12/25/2011 8:26:04 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    WMUR ^ | December 25, 2011
    Investigators in Dover spent the bulk of their Christmas day looking into a homicide where they said woman is accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend. Police said it happened at the couple’s apartment on Knox Marsh Road, near the Dover-Madbury town line.
  • A Terrorist Released

    11/06/2011 5:32:48 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/5/2011 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Binyam Mohamed is back in the news. You may remember him as the al-Qaeda operative who was slated to help would-be “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla conduct a second wave of post-9/11 attacks, targeting American cities. You also may not remember him. After all, the Obama administration quietly released him without charges. Well, there’s a new chapter in this sordid tale. Mohamed is living large — taxpayer-funded large — in Great Britain. For that, we can thank the Lawyer Left’s stubborn insistence that enemy war criminals are really run-of-the-mill defendants. Actually, make that run-of-the-mill plaintiffs. Unlike Padilla, who actually got into...
  • Richmond's Fourth Circuit Is Stage For Next "Lawfare" Battle Against Donald Rumsfeld

    10/25/2011 11:20:25 AM PDT · by american_steve · 2 replies
    OfficialWire ^ | 10/25/2011 | Staff
    Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen, former gang member, and designated enemy combatant who was sentenced to 17 years in prison, is mounting an aggressive appeal. The oral arguments on October 26 in Richmond’s Fourth Circuit will strike at the heart of the Constitution. Padilla brought a lawsuit against former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld and other high-ranking officials, alleging he was illegally detained and tortured in the military brig after his 2002 arrest. That suit, which has been described as “lawfare” or exacting personal and financial “flesh” from an opponent, was dismissed last February by a federal judge in Charleston,...
  • U.S. court throws out Padilla’s 17-year terror sentence (said he deserves LONGER)

    09/19/2011 9:34:59 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 9/19/11 | C Anderson
    A federal appeals court has thrown out the 17-year prison sentence imposed on convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the sentence imposed by a Miami federal judge was too lenient. The appeals court sent the case back for a new sentencing hearing.
  • California lawmakers dismissive of aggressive pension rollback

    03/03/2011 8:21:20 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/3/11 | Jon Ortiz
    Lawmakers on Wednesday reacted skeptically to a controversial new proposal to lower public employee pensions throughout state and local government. "Frankly, I just don't see this happening," said Sen. Alex Padilla during a joint meeting of Assembly and Senate committees that oversee public employee compensation. The Los Angeles Democrat was referencing a week-old report by the bipartisan Little Hoover Commission that calls for radical changes to public pensions to keep them from "crushing" government. The commission's most controversial – and legally uncertain – suggestion would let state and local officials unilaterally freeze current employees' pension benefits and then reduce pension...
  • An Interview with Michael B. Mukasey

    02/28/2011 6:14:06 AM PST · by captjanaway · 1 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | February 28, 2011 | Ruth King
    Michael B. Mukasey served as the 81st Attorney General of the United States from November 2007 to January 2009. He oversaw all activities of the Justice Department, and advised on critical issues of domestic and international law. He was eminently well suited for the role, following an illustrious career in law. Judge Mukasey began his career in private practice after graduating from Yale Law School in 1967, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Yale Law Journal. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in the Criminal Division,...

    08/11/2002 5:32:17 PM PDT · by habaes corpussel · 77 replies · 859+ views
    American Bar Association ^ | August 8, 2002 | ABA TASK FORCE
    This is a long report so to save bandwidth you can read the report here. AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION TASK FORCE ON TREATMENT OF ENEMY COMBATANTS PRELIMINARY REPORT I do not agree with all of the Tasks Forces finding though. I support Military Tribunals for terrorist both foreign and domestic providing we comply with the rule of law and the US Constitution. In the case of Padella and to some degree Handi we are not. I note and support the findings on US Citizens. It is this simple. If you do not like the law, change it, not subvert it. For...
  • 200 pounds of cocaine seized in Revere

    11/30/2010 9:06:17 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 30, 2010 | Laura Crimaldi
    Two men from Mexico and the Domincan Republic are set to be arraigned today in Chelsea District Court after authorities last night seized nearly 200 pounds of cocaine from a trailer in Revere, prosecutors said. Gilberto Cruz Padilla, 24, and Rafael Jesus Montero, 22, are each charged with one count of trafficking 200 grams or more of cocaine, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
  • Jose Padilla v. John Yoo - Audio of Civil Suit Argument before 9th Circuit on 6/14/10

    06/14/2010 7:14:57 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 1 replies · 331+ views
    United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ^ | 6/14/10 | United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    There's been a years-long multi-front attack on John Yoo - now a professor of law at Berkeley - for his war-related legal opinions while he was at the Justice Department during the Bush administration. Activists have tried - and so far failed - to boot Yoo from his position at Berkeley, but they still disrupt his classes, and protest at his house & publicize his address. The threat of criminal charges against Yoo was finally dropped, after years of leaks from Democrat hacks at the Department of Justice, intended to damage Mr. Yoo's reputation. But there's still an ongoing civil...
  • Why Eric Holder is Hiding His Record of Defending Terrorists

    03/14/2010 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 404+ views
    The Lid/CFP News ^ | 3/14/20 | The Lid
    Its a time-honored tradition,starting way before President Obama took office. Politicians break bad or embarrassing news (for them) late on a Friday afternoon or even better on a Saturday Night (like Van Jones' resignation). The hope is the story will get very little play from reporters on their way home from a tough week, or from the weekend shift. The hope is that the Sunday News shows have already been booked to cover other topics and by Monday it will be old news. That's what Eric Holder did this past Friday.
  • Attorney General Holder “Forgot” To Bring Up SCOTUS Brief He Filed On Behalf Of al-Qaeda

    03/12/2010 4:57:45 PM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 541+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-12-10 | Curt
    wo days ago Wordsmith put up a post about the al-Qaeda 7. Seven lawyers brought on board the DOJ who had previously represented al-Qaeda. It's now 7+1.....and that +1 is a doozy: The Justice Department has admitted that Eric Holder failed to tell Congress during his confirmation process that he had contributed to a legal brief which argued that the President lacks authority to hold Jose Padilla, a U.S citizen declared an "enemy combatant," indefinitely without charge. The Justice Department has also acknowledged what is obvious -- that "the brief should have been disclosed as part of the confirmation process."...
  • White House Rewrites The History of the War on Terror and Jose' Padilla

    02/12/2010 7:01:06 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 295+ views
    The Lid/Weekly Standard ^ | 2/12/2010 | The Lid
    Churchill was right, history is written by the victors, and no one believes that more than than President Obama, which is ironic as one of the president's first moves was insulting our ally Great Britain, by refusing their gift of bust of Winston Churchill. The other night, our SCHMOTUS, Joe Biden, stunned audiences by claiming Iraq will go down as Obama's greatest achievements. Obama's opposed almost everything the the previous administration did to win the war including the Surge. Obama's only achievement in Iraq, is keeping with the plans left by the Bush administration, including the withdrawal plan. The same...
  • Padilla Proves the WEAKNESSES of the Civilian Justice System

    02/11/2010 4:26:11 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 5 replies · 375+ views
    NRO Corner ^ | February 11, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Padilla is actually the case that best shows the limitations and inadequacies of the civilian justice system as applied to enemy combatants. This fact is obscured because, as the Left keeps repeating, he was eventually transferred from military custody to the civilian justice system, where he was convicted. Here's what they never tell you: He was not convicted of the most important plot we had against him — the conspiracy with KSM, Binyam Mohammed, and others to carry out a second wave of post-9/11 attacks inside the United States. He was never indicted on that plot because he could not...
  • What Would Bush Do? (with Abdulmuttalab)

    02/11/2010 3:34:25 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 11 replies · 499+ views
    NRO Corner ^ | February 11, 2010 | Bill Burck & Dana Perino
    First, [he] would have gathered [his] entire national-security team, not just the Justice Department ... Second, assuming Abdulmutallab had been designated as an enemy combatant, the interrogators would have thoroughly interrogated him to learn if he had information that could prevent a future attack. ... Third, once they were satisfied that he had no additional intelligence to provide, he would have been transferred for prosecution to either the civilian or the military system. ... But don’t take our word for it. Let’s briefly review what the Bush administration actually did after 9/11. (Warning to all leftist drones: Do not click...
  • California lawmaker plans hearings on soda-obesity link

    09/17/2009 5:01:08 PM PDT · by Baladas · 45 replies · 741+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 17, 2009 | Lisa Baertlein
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California lawmaker who spearheaded a high-profile anti-obesity effort across the country's most populous state is now training his sights on sugar-sweetened drinks. Sen. Alex Padilla, who led a campaign requiring big restaurant chains to disclose calories in meals, said on Thursday he planned to hold hearings in November on the link between soda consumption and obesity. The announcement from Padilla -- who chairs the California Senate's Select Committee on Obesity and Diabetes -- coincides with the release of a study that shows nearly two-thirds of children aged 12 to 17 gulp down at least one...
  • U.S. could be on hook in Padilla vs. Yoo

    06/18/2009 8:02:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 412+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/18/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    There are no legal grounds for prosecuting Bush administration lawyers who supported the use of enhanced interrogation techniques to thwart planned terrorist attacks, so civil libertarians have the tort system to try to ruin Bush lawyers. They may succeed. Last week, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of San Francisco backed a complaint filed by convicted terrorist Jose Padilla and his mother against former White House Office of Legal Counsel John Yoo for writing memos that allegedly led to Padilla's illegal imprisonment and treatment during the three-plus years that Padilla was jailed as an enemy combatant. You are part of the...
  • Padilla can sue Bush legal advisors says SF’s Northern District, ignores SCOTUS Iqbal decision

    06/14/2009 10:06:01 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 418+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-13-09 | Mataharley
    More from our screwed up judicial system that makes you go "huh"? Do these guy in lower federal district courts (or Circuits, for that matter) pay *any* attention whatsoever to the SCOTUS? Apparently not. On Friday, US District Judge Jeffrey S. White denied the Obama DOJ's motion to dismiss the suit of Padilla v Yoo, where Padilla accused Yoo rendering legal memos that led to his "severe abuse" in a Naval brig for over three years. (Read the original complaint) The "severe abuse", as defined in his complaint: .... For nearly two years, Mr. Padilla was held in complete isolation...
  • Judge: Ex-Bush lawyer can be sued over torture

    06/13/2009 5:17:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies · 4,390+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | June 13, 2009 | Bob Egelko
    A prisoner who says he was tortured while being held for nearly four years as a suspected terrorist can sue former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo for coming up with the legal theories that justified his alleged treatment, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White's decision marks the first time a government lawyer has been held potentially responsible for the abuse of detainees. "Like any other government official, government lawyers are responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their conduct," White said in refusing to dismiss Jose Padilla's lawsuit against Yoo. If Padilla, now serving...
  • Judge Rules Terrorist Can Sue Bush Administration Lawyer Over Torture Claim

    06/13/2009 6:56:00 PM PDT · by reader25 · 46 replies · 1,671+ views
    Foxnews ^ | June 13, 2009 | AP
    A convicted terrorist can sue a former Bush administration lawyer for drafting the legal theories that led to his alleged torture, ruled a federal judge has ruled who said he was trying to balance a clash between war and the defense of personal freedoms.
  • Judge rules Padilla can sue former DOJ lawyer John Yoo

    06/13/2009 9:16:53 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 27 replies · 968+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2009 | Richard Henry Lee
    In a surprising ruling, a federal judge has determined that convicted terrorist, Jose Padilla, can sue former Department of Justice lawyer, John Yoo, over Yoo’s legal opinion that led to Padilla being held as an enemy combatant. US District Judge Jeffrey S. White of the Northern District of California based in San Francisco, denied a Department of Justice motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Padilla’s lawyers contend that Yoo’s legal opinions allowed the US military to detain Padilla as an enemy combatant which led to Padilla being subjected to torture. As reported by local TV station KTVU: The lawsuit alleges the...

    05/24/2009 2:50:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies · 1,031+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 23, 2009 | Steven Emerson
    Amid all the shocking details in the disrupted plot to bomb Bronx synagogues and fire missiles at American military aircraft, one component of the case should come as no surprise - three of the alleged culprits converted to radical Islam in prison. Radical Islamists have targeted prison populations for recruitment for years. That's where Jose Padilla, suspected of plotting to detonate a dirty bomb and convicted of conspiracy to murder people overseas and of providing material support to terrorists, converted and was radicalized. That's where a California man, Kevin James, created his own cell, called the Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS),...
  • Treasury Designates Additional FARC International Commission Members

    01/15/2009 10:39:43 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 395+ views
    HP-1353 "Treasury Designates Additional FARC International Commission Members" SNIPPET: "Washington, DC--The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated three international representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a narco-terrorist organization. The OFAC action was taken pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), which applies financial sanctions against significant foreign narcotics traffickers and organizations, like the FARC. "Today's action exposes three additional members of the FARC's International Commission," said Adam J. Szubin, Director of OFAC. "The FARC is one of the world's largest suppliers of cocaine and continues to be...
  • US terror suspect Padilla jailed 17 years

    01/22/2008 12:32:09 PM PST · by rocksblues · 16 replies · 130+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 01/22/08 | unknown
    MIAMI (AFP) - Jose Padilla, the US citizen arrested in 2002 for an alleged dirty bomb plot only to see those charges disappear three years later, was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Tuesday for supporting the Al-Qaeda terror network. ADVERTISEMENT Two other men accused of plotting with Padilla, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi, also received lengthy prison terms: 15 years and eight months for Hassoun and 12 years and eight months for Jayyousi. Miami federal judge Marcia Cook said there was not enough support for the charges to give Padilla the maximum life sentence requested...
  • Terrorist Tort Travesty

    01/20/2008 9:32:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies · 579+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 19, 2008 | John Yoo
    War is a continuation of politics by other means, the German strategist Carl von Clausewitz famously observed in his 19th-century treatise, "On War." Clausewitz surely could never have imagined that politics, pursued through our own courts, would be the continuation of war. Last week, I (a former Bush administration official) was sued by José Padilla -- a 37-year-old al Qaeda operative convicted last summer of setting up a terrorist cell in Miami. Padilla wants a declaration that his detention by the U.S. government was unconstitutional, $1 in damages, and all of the fees charged by his own attorneys. The lawsuit...
  • A Terror Threat in the Courts

    01/13/2008 7:26:06 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 9 replies · 207+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 13, 2008 | JOHN FARMER
    JOSE PADILLA, the so-called dirty bomber, is expected to be sentenced by a federal judge in Miami this week, and judging from the reaction to his conviction last summer the case will be hailed by many as a triumph of the use of criminal law as the primary weapon against domestic terrorism. The White House will no doubt reiterate its view that the prosecution of Mr. Padilla, a United States citizen, upholds “a core American principle of impartial justice for all.” But the White House has been far from alone in praising the verdict. Perhaps because the argument over Mr....
  • Yale and the Terrorist

    01/10/2008 4:00:55 AM PST · by Aristotelian · 19 replies · 254+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 10, 2008 | Editorial
    John Yoo can be forgiven if he's having second thoughts about his career choice. A Yale Law School graduate, the Berkeley professor of law went on to serve his country at the Justice Department. Yet last week he was sued by convicted terrorist Jose Padilla and his mother, who are represented by none other than lawyers at Yale. Perhaps if Mr. Yoo had decided to pursue a life of terrorism, he too could be represented by his alma mater. Padilla is the American citizen who was arrested in 2002, and detained as an "enemy combatant" in a military brig in...
  • Padilla sues ex-Bush official over memos that led to detention

    01/04/2008 3:24:33 PM PST · by jdm · 6 replies · 167+ views
    AP ^ | Jan. 04, 2008 | CURT ANDERSON
    MIAMI (AP) - Convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla sued a key architect of the Bush administration's counterterrorism policies Friday, claiming the official's legal arguments led to Padilla's alleged mistreatment and illegal detention at a Navy brig. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco claims that John Yoo, a former senior Justice Department official, wrote several legal memos that led President Bush to designate Padilla as an enemy combatant shortly after the U.S. citizen was arrested in May 2002 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on suspicion of involvement in an al-Qaida plot. Yoo at the time was deputy...
  • Ex-D.C. school official charged in terror plots

    03/31/2005 2:11:12 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 21 replies · 842+ views ^ | March 31, 2005 | Matthew Cella
    A former high-level D.C. schools official has been charged with plotting global terrorist acts while also struggling to renovate classrooms and rid city schools of asbestos. Kifah Waed Jayyousi, the former facilities director for D.C. public schools, was ordered held in Detroit yesterday after he was arrested for providing material support to terrorists and plotting acts of terrorism outside the United States.
  • Lawyers: Padilla Doesn't Deserve Life Sentence

    12/05/2007 7:46:53 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 32 replies · 64+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 5, 2007
    MIAMI -- Attorneys for convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla say he was so badly mistreated by the government during 3 1/2 years in military custody that he deserves far less than the life prison sentence sought by federal prosecutors. A sentencing hearing set to begin this week for Padilla was postponed Tuesday until Jan. 7 because of a death in the judge's family... In court filings, attorneys for Padilla also say U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke should look at whether the U.S. citizen would be more harshly punished than other terrorism suspects, and should take into consideration the conditions...
  • Padilla sues US officials over confinement ['psychological abuse' during military detention...]

    08/24/2007 9:41:28 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies · 317+ views
    Padilla sues US officials over confinement Despite his conviction on terror conspiracy charges, his lawyers say he suffered 'psychological abuse' during military detention. By Warren Richey | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor Convicted Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla is seeking to hold former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and 59 other US officials responsible for what his lawyers say were abusive and unconstitutional tactics used against Mr. Padilla while he was held in military custody as an enemy combatant from 2002 to 2006. Lawyers working on Padilla's behalf filed the civil lawsuit earlier this year in federal court in...
  • The Disappearing Dirty Bomber

    08/22/2007 11:05:24 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 13 replies · 1,212+ views
    Reason ^ | August 22, 2007 | Jacob Sullum
    People who knew Jose Padilla before he was sent to a Navy brig in 2002 say he emerged a different man after three and a half years of isolation and interrogation. Those who observed him only from a distance also noticed a change: The "dirty bomber" whose capture then-Attorney General John Ashcroft had announced on live TV morphed into yet another junior jihadist who went to Afghanistan for arms training but never came close to carrying out an attack. Padilla's recent conviction on terrorism-related charges highlights the contrast between the murderous mastermind portrayed by the Bush administration and the less...
  • A Leftist Islamic Paradise?

    08/21/2007 1:29:53 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 718+ views
    Human Events ^ | 08/21/07
    Abdullah Al-Muhajir, a.k.a. Jose Padilla, was convicted Thursday of supporting terrorist activity and, said Associated Press, “conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people overseas.” At the Leftist website Daily Kos, Padilla was hailed as an “American Martyr to ‘War on Terror,’” and his trial was compared to the witch hysteria: “As was the case during the witch trials of yesteryear, only the socially unpopular, the mentally ill, and the politically dangerous end up at the end of a noose or in yet another bonfire of political vanity.” The barely literate posting went on to complain that the case against Padilla...
  • Terror Ties Shock Ex-District Officials {DC school official}

    08/18/2007 9:52:17 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 7 replies · 690+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2007 | Michael E. Ruane
    He was a well-dressed, soft-spoken man who was devoted to his large family and seemed knowledgeable about ways to repair Washington's broken down public schools. Kifah W. Jayyousi's chief problem as a D.C. school official appeared to be a reckless determination to get the job done, those who knew him said. He lasted less than two years before he was booted out, but no one suspected that the mild-mannered naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan might be associated with terrorists. On Thursday, a federal jury in Miami convicted the former chief of facilities for D.C. public schools of conspiring to murder,...
  • Padilla Convicted, but the AP Still Can't Believe he's Guilty!

    08/18/2007 7:09:52 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 4 replies · 704+ views ^ | 8/18/07 | Warner Todd Huston
    So, as you all know, the news comes out that Jose Padilla has been convicted of being a terrorist by a US Court, yet the AP wants to focus more on what it feels the government did wrong than what Padilla did. I guess the AP thinks the US government is more guilty than is a convicted terrorist. Even after his conviction, the AP fills their report with "supposedly," "possible," and other mitigating verbiage to describe Padilla and the other terror suspects in the news. But even as they want to give Padilla a pass they cast the Bush Administration's...
  • Padilla Convicted, but the AP Still Can't Believe he's Guilty!

    08/18/2007 4:51:32 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies · 1,244+ views ^ | August 18, 2007 | Warner Todd Huston
    Padilla Convicted, but the AP Still Can't Believe he's Guilty! By Warner Todd Huston | August 18, 2007 - 05:24 ET So, as you all know, the news comes out that Jose Padilla has been convicted of being a terrorist by a US Court, yet the AP wants to focus more on what it feels the government did wrong than what Padilla did. I guess the AP thinks the US government is more guilty than is a convicted terrorist.Even after his conviction, the AP fills their report with "supposedly," "possible," and other mitigating verbiage to describe Padilla and the other...
  • Padilla Case Offers a New Model of Terror Trial

    08/17/2007 9:53:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 658+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 18, 2007 | ADAM LIPTAK
    There were two perfectly predictable schools of thought being expressed after the conviction of Jose Padilla on Thursday on terrorism-related charges. Supporters of the Bush administration said the conviction justified the more than three years Mr. Padilla spent in military detention before his criminal prosecution, while the administration’s opponents said the verdict proved that the criminal justice system should have handled the case in the first place. But the real innovation in Mr. Padilla’s case, some legal experts said yesterday, was more subtle than those dueling talking points suggested. The Justice Department’s strategy in the trial itself, using a seldom-tested...
  • Padilla Convicted On All Counts, But Was A Trial Necessary?

    08/17/2007 9:21:39 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 10 replies · 495+ views
    After a three-month trial, a federal jury convicted home-grown terrorist Jose Padilla (AKA Abdullah al-Muhajir or Muhajir Abdullah) of terrorism conspiracy charges. Padilla and co-defendants Adham Hassoun, a Palestinian born in Lebanon, and Kifah Jayyousi, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan, were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim overseas, one count of conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and one count of material support for terrorists.Opponents of the Bush administration’s policy of treating terrorists as enemy combatants rather than common criminals, point to the verdict as "proof" that convictions can be obtained while...
  • Democrat Supporters Refer To Convicted Islamic Terrorist As A “Martyr”

    08/17/2007 11:54:25 AM PDT · by roguejew1965 · 26 replies · 1,274+ views
    MensNewsDaily.Com ^ | 08/17/2007 | Ze'ev Haas
    The loony schmucks over at the Daily Kos that hate conservatives but love Liberal Democrats are seething and were stumbling all over themselves in defense of convicted Muslim Terrorist Jose Padilla. From The Daily KKKos: GUILTY: American Martyr to “War on Terror” Padilla only the socially unpopular, the mentally ill, and the politically dangerous end up at the end of a noose or in yet another bonfire of political vanity. From allegations of planning to plant a readioactive “dirty” bomb, to being convicted of having his prints on a piece of apparently “found” by the government. The rest was purely...
  • Padilla case seen as a tainted victory for Bush

    08/17/2007 11:30:02 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 30 replies · 866+ views
    Reuters ^ | Randall Mikkelsen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The guilty verdict against Jose Padilla showed the Bush administration could win a high-profile terrorism conviction despite questions over whether it acted legally in detaining the U.S. citizen for 3-1/2 years without charges. But critics and law experts called Thursday's verdict a messy win for the government, in which it was able to avoid answering for its long detention and interrogation of Padilla without the legal rights normally granted U.S. citizens, and, his lawyers said, for torturing him. Some said it showed that the administration still lacks a workable system for trying terrorism suspects nearly six years...
  • Padilla Verdict in one Hour in Miami

    08/16/2007 9:31:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 109 replies · 6,489+ views
    Fox News ^ | 16 Aug 07 | Fox News
    Just announced that a verdict reached and to be announced in an hour or so in Miami.

    08/16/2007 11:29:25 AM PDT · by enough_idiocy · 195 replies · 9,370+ views
    Drudge ^ | August 16, 2007 | Drudge Siren
    A verdict was reached Thursday in the trial of Jose Padilla and two co-defendants charged with supporting al-Qaida and other violent Islamic extremist groups overseas. The jury verdict was scheduled to be read at 2 p.m. EDT before U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke in Miami's downtown federal courthouse, according to an announcement from her chambers. The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about a day and a half following a three-month trial. Padilla, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi face possible life in prison if convicted of all three charges in the case
  • Florida: Padilla Judge Says No to 'Defensive Jihad'

    08/10/2007 5:00:19 AM PDT · by gridlock · 49 replies · 1,365+ views
    AP via the New York Times ^ | August 10, 2007 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Jurors in the trial of Jose Padilla and two other men cannot consider whether the men’s actions were justified by Islamic law, a federal judge ruled. The judge, Marcia G. Cooke of Federal District Court, agreed to a request from prosecutors to instruct the jurors that each of the men could be convicted even if they “may have believed that the conduct was religiously, politically or morally required, or that ultimate good would result.” (snip)
  • Testimony ends in Padilla terror trial (Jose Padilla, two others charged with supporting terrorism)

    08/07/2007 11:07:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 418+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/7/07 | Curt Anderson - ap
    MIAMI - The defense rested its case Tuesday in the trial of Jose Padilla and two other men charged with supporting terrorism, with Padilla's lawyers calling no witnesses or putting on any evidence. After the defense rested, prosecutors called only one additional witness and then ended their case, earlier than had been anticipated. The actions, coming on day 53 of the trial, clear the way for closing arguments, likely next week. Jurors could begin deliberations next week as well. Padilla, 36, is accused along with Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi, both 45, of participating in a support network...
  • Prosecution rests in Padilla case

    07/13/2007 9:59:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 173+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/07 | Curt Anderson - ap
    MIAMI - Federal prosecutors rested their case Friday against Jose Padilla and two co-defendants charged with participating in an al-Qaida support cell. The jury has listened to nearly nine weeks of testimony from 22 witnesses and tapes of dozens of FBI wiretaps collected during an investigation that lasted years. Defense lawyers for Padilla, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi will begin their case next week, with the trial likely to continue into August. Padilla, a 36-year-old U.S. citizen, was originally accused of plotting with al-Qaida to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb." He was arrested in May 2002 at Chicago's...
  • FBI agent calls Padilla evasive (or vague about his activities in the Middle East)

    07/12/2007 8:52:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 428+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/07 | Curt Anderson - ap
    MIAMI - Jose Padilla gave evasive or vague answers about his activities in the Middle East shortly after arriving at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in May 2002, an FBI agent testified Thursday at his trial on a charge of supporting terrorism. Padilla did not remember the address or telephone number for his wife and children in Egypt, or the last name of his roommate, agent Russell Fincher said. In contrast, Padilla remembered many details of his life growing up in Chicago, including specific streets where his family lived, Fincher said. He also was carrying documents with other personal information such...
  • Judge denies mistrial in Padilla case (at least one juror saw one co-defendant in shackles)

    06/28/2007 12:54:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 214+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/07 | Curt Anderson - ap
    MIAMI - The federal judge in Jose Padilla's terrorism support trial refused to declare a mistrial Thursday after at least one juror saw one of Padilla's co-defendants in shackles outside the courtroom. Attorneys for Adham Amin Hassoun said his right to a fair trial had been jeopardized, but U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke said after interviewing jurors that none had been "unfairly prejudiced in this matter." On Tuesday, the 16 jurors were being transported in government vans from the courthouse's basement garage to their cars. As one of the vans was leaving, three deputy U.S. marshals escorted Hassoun through the...
  • Threat Matrix: June 2007

    06/01/2007 7:57:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,578 replies · 18,999+ views
    British Intelligence: Al-Qaida Expanding -Full Story- British intelligence officials said they believe that al-Qaida has a secure base in Pakistan's Waziristan region and is planning terrorist operations.The group is reaching out to Muslims in North Africa, The Telegraph reported. Last year, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, an Algerian terrorist group, merged itself into al-Qaida, a move announced by Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a tape promising action against the "apostates" in the Algerian government and "the treacherous sons of France."Al-Qaida is also believed to be planning expansion into Lebanon and Syria, the newspaper report...