Jury finds Padilla guilty on terror charges MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — The jury in the Jose Padilla terror trial has found the American guilty of conspiracy to support Islamic terrorism overseas.
art.jose.padilla.ap.jpgJose Padilla was originally accused of planning a “dirty bomb” attack in the U.S.
Padilla’s two co-defendants, Adham Hassoun and Kifan Jayyousi, were also found guilty on the three counts as charged: conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and maim people in a foreign country, conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists, and providing material support for terrorists.
The verdict came after less than two days of deliberations, according to a U.S. District Court official. (Story.)
I’m sure the Dubya Lie Machine is ramping up to claim victory here, but let’s be clear about the truth of things.
Jose Padilla, a native-born American citizen, was nabbed and imprisoned illegally. He was held without due process. And in many ways he came to symbolize this administration’s relentless assault on the Constitution and the civil liberties which flow from it. All of which is unfortunate – martyrdom works best when the victim is innocent.
These crimes against the very integrity of our system of government were committed because our President and the thugs that surround him do not believe that the rule of law can be trusted. There are white hats and black hats, and when you’re the sort who spent too much time watching old Clint Eastwood movies and too little time paying attention in civics class, I guess it’s easy to convince yourself that you can’t count on anybody’s sense of justice but your own.
But today, the very rule of law that Bush has worked so hard to destroy has rendered a verdict: guilty. The criminal will almost certainly spend the rest of his life behind bars where he poses no threat at all to our lives, our liberties, or our individual pursuits of happiness.
In other words, Mr. President, the system worked. Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Mason, and all the other substantial intellects who framed the Constitution and helped adapt it as the world evolved, it turns out they were onto something after all. It turns out that over two centuries of thinkers – real patriots, as opposed to the cynical flag-waving scoundrel sort that currently infests our government – well, Mr. Bush, they were smarter than you, after all.
The. System. Worked.
And no matter how you spin it, no matter how many lies you tell, no matter how much injury your inevitable revisionism inflicts on the truth, today’s verdict, in a court of law, proves that you were wrong.
With luck, that same system is waiting for you and your cronies.