3.12.06

On Tape: An 'Enemy' Interrogation | Will it show the American animals torturing him?

On Tape: An 'Enemy' Interrogation - Newsweek Periscope - MSNBC.com:

Padilla's lawyers recently moved to have the entire case dropped because of government conduct that allegedly included subjecting him to sleep deprivation, extreme cold, injecting noxious fumes into his cell and giving him mind-altering drugs. Justice lawyers said there was not a 'shred of record evidence' to support claims of 'torture,' but have declined to address specific interrogation techniques. Defense lawyers then submitted an affidavit from psychiatrist Dr. Angela Hegarty, who asserted Padilla was so 'traumatized' by his treatment that he cannot bear to watch tapes of his interrogation, and when 'approached by his lawyers, he begs them, 'Please, please, please' not to have to discuss his case.' Hegarty says Padilla is suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder and cannot assist in his defenseā€”a claim that could be a basis to put off his trial. Another new affidavit says Padilla suffers from 'facial tics' and bodily 'contortions,' and fears that his lawyers are government agents. Human-rights lawyer Scott Horton said he expects lawyers for other Qaeda detainees at Gitmo to make similar claims, and also to press for access to tapes of clients' interrogations. 'This is going to wind up being an enormous issue,' he said.

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