Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Citizen Padillo's Torture on U.S. Soil

Every President of the United States takes the following oath upon being sworn into office:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
The man in this still frame capture from a video obtained by the New York Times is Jose Padillo, a U.S. citizen who was at one time charged with terrorism. The Bush administration dropped those charges when it appeared they were going to lose a court ruling that would have overruled their claim that, as Commander in Chief, Bush could unilaterally declare any citizen an enemy combatant and take away their constitutional rights.

Padillo is still being held, now on federal charges, but in a state of sensory deprivation. You can read more about it here.

A few years ago, a photo like this from the Soviet Union or some Communist state would have provoked howls of protests from human rights groups and from conservatives alike. But, this is America and we don't torture.

Right, and we're winning in Iraq, too.

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