Habeas Be Hanged
Padilla, a U.S. citizen, is suspected of being a “material witness” with knowledge of an Al-Qaeda bomb plot. He was arrested in May of 2002 at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and brought to federal district court to be arraigned. Before that could happen, however, the U.S. government entered the U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility where Padilla was being held, seized him and transported him to a military brig. Well over a year later, there Padilla still sits – having never been charged with any crime, barred from talking to his lawyers, his family, or anyone.