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Thursday, January 5, 2006

Jose Padilla Transfered To Civilian Authorities

By J.M. Berger

The Associated Press reports that alleged al Qaeda "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla has been transfered to civilian custody in Miami.

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The Supreme Court ordred the transfer to proceed late last night, in response to a lower court's order delaying the transfer.

The lower court argued that the White House was making the transfer in order to avoid a Supreme Court hearing that could overturn an earlier precedent in the Padilla case, allowing the president to designate Padilla an "enemy combatant" in the War on Terror.

The Supreme Court can still opt to review the precedent, but ordered Padilla released to civilian authorities. He was previously detained in a military brig in North Carolina by the Defense Department.

INTELWIRE reports related to the Padilla case are linked below:

Left, FBI sketch of John Doe 2, OKC bombing suspect. Right, Jose Padilla driver's license photo circa 1996.

  • New Indictment Illuminates OKC Leads

  • External: Jose Padilla Indicted

  • External: Full Text of Padilla indictment

  • Backgrounder and Documents: Jose Padilla

  • DOJ: Padilla Accused Of Plot To Bomb Buildings

  • Reports: Padilla Linked to NYC Terror Cell


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    INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.


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