Watching the Wheels Go Round and Round

Today is a day for suspended animation in the world of the law-- a day to wait and watch and ponder how and when some of the current moving pieces will fall to rest. The I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby perjury and obstruction of justice trial in federal court in Washington has gone to the jury and the Anna Nicole Smith crazy-fest is maybe one day away from being over, at least for now. Also in Florida, and also speaking of crazy-fests, we are awaiting an important hearing in the case of Jose Padilla, the not-so-dirty-not-so-bomber, whose lawyers are in federal court arguing that he is a not competent to stand trial in April on terror conspiracy charges.

Indeed, my dream for today is that every nincompoop journalist covering the Smith hearing would track down to Miami to cover the Padilla hearing, where genuinely important questions about our government's treatment of terror suspects will be raised and resolved. The story of how Padilla was treated by his captors, and how that treatment affected him, doesn't have the sex appeal of the Smith case or the cartoon figures that seem to surround it. But I guarantee you this: In the end, the Padilla case will impact more of us in more meaningful ways than will the saga of where to bury the body of the dead playmate.

Won't happen, I know. The airwaves will be filled with all-Anna, all-the-time. But keep your eye on the Padilla story while you are waiting for the LIbby verdict. And I will do my part to keep you updated on how things are going down in Miami.

By Andrew Cohen |  February 22, 2007; 8:30 AM ET
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Thank you for keeping on top of the Jose Padilla case. Given the lack of credible charges, the unconscionable way that Mr. Padilla (a U.S. citizen) has been treated, and Congress' passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that effectively permits every U.S. citizen to be subjected to similar treatment, it's a wonder we're not all marching in the streets at this point. Christopher Dodd has proposed a bill that would negate the MCA, and every citizen should support it.

Posted by: Avtar Khalsa | February 22, 2007 01:44 PM

The governmental deceit is so immense that those members that see the truth now think that is the deceit. When it has come so far that members of government have indeed become schizophrene, the American governmental system is likely to collapse soon because of lack of reality. This collapse will induce a civil war in the U.S..One could say that the U.S. has started sneezing and the rest of the world catches a horrendous cold. And because no one likes to catch a cold they all support the deceit. I was just wondering how long one could keep this upright ??

Posted by: jwh | March 14, 2007 10:59 PM

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