of "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla
is a clear victory for President Bush, who ordered him detained as a enemy combatant, on suspicion of plotting a "dirty bomb" attack in the United States in 2002.
For three and a half years, Padilla was held in isolation, without charge; until finally, the U.S. government was pressured
into prosecuting him in a federal court
... for lesser crimes. Yet fortunately, the Bush Administration was able to obtain a conviction on those weaker charges, and thus were able to justify
their initial detainment of Padilla, for the far more serious (and possibly made-up
Because President Bush has the executive authority to designate and detain any American citizen as an "enemy combatant
" and hold them without charge, he could (theoretically, of course) use this power to create the appearance that he is defending the homeland against domestic super-villains, when all he is really trying to do is bolster his image at the publics expense.
It really wouldn't be all that difficult for him to do... First detain a "suspect" on suspicion of something really awful and then figure out what the real charges are after that; that way, even if its takes years and the conviction is for something far less serious, the fact they are guilty of ANYTHING clearly justifies their incarceration in the first place, and makes the President and his "anti-terrorism" policies appear more effective and trust-worthy than they actually are.
Well, good thing this administration is not the habit of deceiving the American public; or else this might actually be something to think about ;)
Labels: Bush, Jose Padilla, Terrorism, United States