So a Miami jury has convicted Jose Padilla of something or other. Judging by what was reported of the trial, the "evidence" they were provided was so flimsy that I can only conclude he is guilty of being both brown-Puerto Rican and Muslim.
The jury was never told that Padilla was tortured for 3 and half years.
Padilla is an experiment -- on him, to observe the effects of different forms of torture -- on us, to see if we'll put up with the corruption of our polity. It seems to have been quite successful.
Have we really become such a cowardly nation that we shit our pants in the face of paper-thin threats? And are willing to torture people to try to calm our fears? Apparently all too often.
I agree with Lew Koch writing before the verdict at Firedoglake:
For the moment, the people of the United States are flunking the test. I don't mean just the jury. I mean all of us -- including especially Congressional Democrats -- who claim to represent our better possibilities.