Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen, was detained for four years without formal charges, much of it in solitary confinement. An independent medical expert say his repeated interrogations have made him mentally unfit for trial. Now, the judge in Padilla’s case has ordered the administration to turn over all tapes made of his interrogations, specifically a session from March 2004 while he was still held as an “enemy combatant.” But the administration says it lost the tape.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke was incredulous that anything connected to such a high-profile defendant could be lost.
“Do you understand how it might be difficult for me to understand that a tape related to this particular individual just got mislaid?” Cooke told prosecutors at a hearing last month.
Glenn Greenwald has much more.