‘Critics’ come late to the fold

In theory, the integrity of American democracy is protected by the
vigilant watchdogs of our national news media, seeking constantly to illuminate the truth without fear or favor.
In practice, many citizens understand, our celebrity Washington press corps too often performs in ways having more to do with personal (and institutional ) ambition and unspoken agendas than informing the public.

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 10:35 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. from the August 24, 2007 edition – http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0824/p03s03-usju.html
    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 South Carolina. It was publicly disclosed by the lawyers this week.

    “Mr. Padilla suffered gross physical and psychological abuse at the hands of federal officials as part of a scheme of abusive interrogation intended to break down Mr. Padilla’s humanity and his will to live,” the 30-page complaint says.

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