Guy gets a trial, FIVE years after his arrest, guy gets convicted.
Meanwhile, years of torture and deprivation of this American Citizen, ends up creating literally dozens of issues for appeal -- not to mention the defeat of all manner of ideals that we "allegedly" hold dear.
Amazing how the American Judicial System can work, yes CAN work, if you let it, yet torture just fucks everything up and actually delays justice or eventually deprives it. There's no doubt there are other issues, such as whether waiving the Al Qaeda flag prejudices the verdict -- that's really been the cause of this whole incredibly Stalinist process to begin with.
So what purpose was served by the torture of Jose Padilla other than unreasonably delaying justice and giving him myriad valid issues on appeal?