Judge orders feds to show classified docs … to Jose Padilla

posted at 9:34 pm on July 13, 2006 by Allahpundit

That’s not quite an Onion headline, but it’s got the makings.

Actually, it doesn’t sound terribly bad. Plus, his lawyers will be there with him.

What could go wrong?

Under a federal judge’s order, Padilla is being allowed to examine classified documents and videotapes detailing his statements during 3 1/2 years in Defense Department custody as an unlawful “enemy combatant.” That designation was dropped last fall when he was charged in a Miami terrorism case.

Defense lawyers in terrorism cases are regularly permitted to examine such classified material if they obtain government security clearances.

But it is unusual for an actual terror suspect to be given direct access to secrets…

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke’s order issued July 5 allows Padilla to view 32 Defense Department documents that summarize statements Padilla made during his years in military custody. He also can examine 57 videotapes of interrogations he underwent during that same period.

So it’s mostly his own words he’ll be reviewing.


If the summary says, “In response to questioning about plutonium, suspect said, ‘Dirka dirka Mohammed jihad,'” we’re probably okay.

If it says, “In response to questioning about plutonium, which we believe suspect sought to obtain from his roommate, who is presently at large…” — less okay. Unless the government is allowed to redact that part, of course, in which case it’s okay again. Although, for all I know, redacting sensitive info to keep it out of the hands of suspected terrorists now constitutes a “dignitary” offense in violation of Article 3 of Geneva. Perhaps St. Andrew will make the case tomorrow if he’s not too busy saying prayers for the soul of Glenn Reynolds for having not yet repudiated the Malkin wing of the blogosphere.

Who knew the garden of Gethsemane had wi-fi?

Redeeming a weak post with sensationally irresponsible conspiracy theorizing: One’s Padilla, the other’s a police sketch of shadowy OKC bombing suspect “John Doe No. 2.”



Almost certainly, yeah.

As Josh Marshall would say, “I don’t want to draw rolled eyes. But think about it.”

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You need to see if you could pick up a little extra cash by moonlighting at DU or Daily KOS under a pseudoname.

But you’ll probably have to quit being so subdued and start really thinking outside the box.

You know, less linear thinking, and more…

OK, I’ve got nothing here. Anyone? Help me out?

EFG on July 13, 2006 at 10:05 PM

I looked up this Judge Marcia Cooke’s bio (she’s in teh US DC for teh Southern District of Florida) earlier and she was appointed by GWB in 2002 (or 2004 I forget). Anyway, I was thinking that it would be some liberal judge and…. I may be write but she was not appointed by a liberal President (unless you’re talknig immigration and that’s another issue entirely). I couldn’t find her actual bio but I found some self aggrandizing notes from NH Senator (I cannot remember his name) that was congratulating himself on getting her approved and moved trough the senate…

Keep up the good work Allah.

must go to bed as son woke up ready to play at 4:30 this morning (and he wasn’t taking no for an answer)

Greg on July 13, 2006 at 10:53 PM

I’m the guy who started the ball rolling back in 2002, comparing that sketch of the never-found JD2 to Padilla. Yup, my first blog claim to fame. And I don’t think they’re the same guy, for the record. But it’s the darndest thing–in digging into the possibility, we could never rule it out. And we dug.

In Josh Marshall’s world, that makes it a slam dunk, dontcha think?

Bryan on July 13, 2006 at 11:22 PM

OK…”draw rolled eyes” must be some secret code phrase.

Acts20:24 on July 14, 2006 at 12:10 AM

In Josh Marshall’s world, that makes it a slam dunk, dontcha think?

Hell, as soon as you considered the possibility it would have been a fact.

Pablo on July 14, 2006 at 1:14 AM

Jose Padilla used to work at a Taco Bell in Davie, FL. I ate there a few times.

pjcomix on July 14, 2006 at 9:07 AM

I remember Jose Padilla, we went to different schools together.

Kini on July 14, 2006 at 12:57 PM