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March 01, 2007

It's A Miracle!

Sacre bleu! How can this be? Have the NYTimes and Associated Press misled us all this time?

Terror suspect Jose Padilla suffers from anxiety and personality disorders but is competent to stand trial, a government psychologist testified Monday in Miami federal court.

The testimony from Bureau of Prisons psychologist Rodolfo Buigas came during the second day of a hearing to determine whether Padilla is mentally fit for his trial. Buigas said Padilla refused to submit to psychological testing and would not answer many of his questions, including basic ones such as when he was born.

Still, Buigas said he diagnosed Padilla as having a "not otherwise specified" anxiety disorder and antisocial personality disorder. Buigas said he made the diagnoses by reviewing several documents, including court filings and the evaluations of two mental health experts hired by the defense. Those mental health experts concluded Padilla suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, rendering him unfit for trial.

Buigas, however, said there were flaws with the testing those experts carried out and with the conclusions they reached. He said although his diagnosis did not rule out post-traumatic stress disorder, he did not see indications that Padilla suffered from it.

"I saw this individual happy," he said. "I saw this individual joking."

Padilla, 36, a former Broward resident, and two other men are charged with taking part in a terror cell that sent money, supplies and recruits to support violent Islamic groups overseas. Padilla was arrested in May 2002 and imprisoned by the military for more than three years without charges as an "enemy combatant." If found guilty of pending charges, Padilla could get a life sentence.

This morning, three military officials from a Navy brig where Padilla was detained are scheduled to testify. Defense attorneys have argued his mental health issues stem from his military captivity.

And then there are those who would argue that only those with a few screws loose in the old brain housing group conspire with Islamic extremists to attack their own countrymen.

But what do I know?

Posted by Cassandra at March 1, 2007 08:38 AM

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Sacre bleu! How can this be? Have the NYTimes and Associated Press misled us all this time?

Say what? Oh my, I'm sure that my vaunted reading comprehension difficulties prevent me from following what is no doubt crystally clear from your posting, but what the hey . . .

Why on earth do you "suggest" that the NTY and AP have "misled us all this time" ? What in the dickens are you referring to and/or trying to say, and why don't you just say it (and support it)?

Again, apologies for being so durn dense.

Posted by: dgf at March 1, 2007 01:04 PM

dgf, even when I provide links, you either don't read them or repeatedly misquote them and force me to waste my time selecting excerpts from things either right in my post or right in the linked articles to point out the obvious.

Not playing today. Don't have time.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 1, 2007 01:17 PM

Great retort ! Honesty. Yup.

Posted by: dgf at March 1, 2007 05:01 PM

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