So I guess that makes it "ok" that he was abused and his rights trampled on.
One thing that scares me about the current security culture is that there is a sense that the ends justify the means in cases like this one. I'm certain that this will be viewed by some as proof that his overall treatment was justified.
The fact is, our laws are set up to treat all people as if they are innocent until proven guilty. Simple. Padilla was treated as guilty until proven guilty. He was also undeniably abused while in detention. There is no difference between abusing the guilty or the innocent: our detention system has become substantially immoral, dangerously unchecked, and the mechanics of law are used to defend this behavior.
Padilla's entire case has been a shameful episode. The verdict, at this point, is no vindication of our decaying standards.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.