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What Ever Happened To Jose Padilla?
« on: May 18, 2010, 09:30:50 AM »
Conspiracy Buffs See Similarities Between Jose Padilla, John Doe 2



By JAY KRALL and JONATHAN EIG
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 
   

Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy, Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln, and Terry Lynn Nichols had a wife named Padilla.

The latter bit of news has put conspiracy theorists on heightened alert.

For years, a small, devoted group has been trying to prove that the nation's second-deadliest terrorist attack -- on the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City -- was carried out not just by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols but also by a vast network of Muslim extremists.

Such claims won little attention, and even ardent advocates say they had all but given up the cause. But when Jose Padilla was accused of plotting to detonate a so-called dirty bomb and his photo appeared in newspapers and on television, members of a hard-core group of conspiracy theorists did double-takes.

"I thought, boy, he looks a lot like the John Doe 2 sketches," said Charles Key, a former state representative from Oklahoma who leads a private group called the Oklahoma Bombing Investigation Committee.

The FBI, which isn't taking these claims seriously, now says that John Doe 2 probably never existed. But he was once a prime suspect in the April 19, 1995, bombing when a Ryder truck filled with nearly 5,000 pounds of fertilizer and fuel oil blew up, killing 168 people.

Witnesses at the time said they remembered seeing two men at the Ryder truck-rental outlet in Junction City, Kan., where investigators traced the rented vehicle. Two men were also reportedly seen eating at a Denny's restaurant in Junction City five days before the attack. One of the men is believed to have been Mr. McVeigh. The other was never identified and never found.

John Doe 2 was the subject of an intensive manhunt. Authorities offered a $2 million reward on his head. The FBI described him as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10. His sketch, released by the FBI the day after the bombing, shows dark hair swept straight back, strong eyebrows, a square jaw and a powerful neck. Mr. Padilla, who is Hispanic, appears to have a more rounded jaw, but his other features closely match those of the sketch.

Still, FBI officials dismiss talk of any likeness. "We couldn't find any evidence to indicate there was a John Doe 2 despite what people were saying," said one FBI official. As for the Padilla link, he said, "You're kidding, right?"

Bryan Preston, a writer and TV producer in Towson, Md., was watching a call-in news show last week when a caller mentioned a resemblance between Mr. Padilla and John Doe 2. Mr. Preston dug up the old police sketch of John Doe 2 and posted it on his personal Web site. "I've never bought into conspiracy theories," Mr. Preston says, "but I can't help but thinking maybe there's more to the story here."

Since Mr. Padilla's arrest, others who suspect a connection have scoured the Internet, books about the bombing and media reports about Mr. Padilla for clues linking him to the Oklahoma City bombing. For some, the fact that Mr. Padilla, born in New York and raised in Chicago, appears to have been in the U.S. and out of jail at the time of the bombing is enough cause for suspicion. Some say they just don't believe Messrs. McVeigh and Nichols acted alone.

Mr. Key says members of his committee will soon begin asking witnesses who say they saw John Doe 2 to look at photos of Mr. Padilla. American Politics Journal posted the sketch and photos of Padilla to their Web site without comment. A spokesman for the political journal said the publication had no official position on the question, but placed the photos and sketches on their site for readers to draw their own conclusions.

In Tampa, Fla., radio talk-show host Glenn Beck noted the resemblance on his show last week and posted a story about it at his Web site asking listeners if they think Mr. Padilla could have been involved with the Oklahoma City bombing. Almost 70% said yes.

Stephen R. Jones, Mr. McVeigh's attorney, has spoken often of his attempts to prove his client was part of a broader conspiracy, although Mr. McVeigh himself denied it. While preparing their case, members of Mr. Jones's team traveled several times to the Philippines, where Mr. Nichols had visited, to research possible contacts he may have had with foreign terrorists, including associates of Osama bin Laden.

Mr. Jones says his client didn't cooperate in that investigation but that Mr. McVeigh was so adamant in refusing to point fingers that it raised Mr. Jones's suspicions. After his conviction, Mr. McVeigh reportedly told authors researching a book about the bombing that he planted the explosives to teach the government a lesson. Mr. McVeigh, who was executed on June 11, 2001, never named accomplices.

Then there's the detail that so tantalizes many conspiracy theorists: Lana Padilla is the former wife of Mr. Nichols, charged as Mr. McVeigh's accomplice and sentenced to life in prison.

Ms. Padilla laughed when a local television talk show called to ask her about the matching names. She says she's never met Jose Padilla and isn't related to him.

But she, too, believes there was a larger conspiracy at work. After the bombing, she gave police a letter she received in 1994 from Mr. Nichols before one of his trips to the Philippines. In the letter, she says, he suggested he was "afraid of something or somebody." Ms. Padilla speculates he was worried he might be harmed if he identified his co-conspirators.

The more she looks at the mug shots, the more intrigued she becomes. "At first I found it funny," she says. "Now I think we should investigate this."
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Re: What Ever Happened To Jose Padilla?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 09:32:59 AM »

Jose Padilla
AKA José Padilla

Born: 18-Oct-1970
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Terrorist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Alleged Terrorist

Jose Padilla was arrested in Chicago on May 8, 2002, and a month later Attorney General John Ashcroft held a nationally-televised press conference announcing his arrest. "We have captured a known terrorist who was exploring a plan to build and explode a radiological dispersion device, or 'dirty bomb,' in the United States," Ashcroft said. He described Padilla as "an enemy combatant who poses a serious and continued threat to the American people and our national security." The Justice Department said he had "trained with the enemy", met with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other top men in Osama bin Laden's terrorist group, been schooled by al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that he had become an expert in wiring explosives and devising 'dirty bombs' to spread radiation across densely-populated areas, and that this was the reason he returned to America. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said Padilla had been carrying plans for this attack when he was arrested.

These are terrifying allegations, and Americans were indeed terrified. Almost everyone agreed that Padilla ought to face trial and, if found guilty, be imprisoned. The only people who disagreed were at the highest level of the US government, where the trial was deemed unnecessary. Instead, Padilla was simply imprisoned. He was allowed to speak only to government interrogators, and had almost no contact with the outside world for three and a half years.

Through America's entire history, accused assassins and spies, mass murderers and serial killers, child rapists and kiddie pornographers have always had their Constitutional rights, but Padilla would not. For this man, there would be no charges, no indictment, no habeas corpus, no trial by judge or jury, and no due process of law. Padilla became the first US citizen to be stripped of his rights by Presidential order. George W. Bush maintains that as President, he can declare Padilla -- or any citizen -- an "enemy combatant", and deny him the protections of the US Constitution and Geneva Conventions.

So who is Jose Padilla, this man so dangerous that America's ordinary system of justice cannot handle him? He is the son of Puerto Rican immigrants, baptized a Catholic, who spent his earliest years in New York until his family moved to Chicago. As a teenager, he ran with the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang, and was arrested numerous times. He was convicted of punching a policeman who tried to arrest him for stealing a doughnut. He had several aliases, including Jose Rivera, Jose Alicea, Jose Hernandez, and Jose Ortiz.

At 14, he was involved in a murder when he and a friend attacked and robbed three members of a rival gang. One of the victims, Elio Evangelista, chased them, and Padilla's accomplice stabbed him. As he lay on the ground bleeding, Padilla kicked him repeatedly. Evangelista died of his injuries, and Padilla's companion was convicted of murder. Padilla was convicted of aggravated battery, armed robbery and attempted armed robbery, and spent about three years incarcerated at juvenile hall.

As an adult, Padilla lived for several years in Florida, supporting himself with a series of low-wage jobs, first at a hotel, later at a Taco Bell. In 1991 he was involved in a road rage incident, firing a .38-caliber revolver at another driver and, when confronted by police, trying to pull the gun on them. For this, he spent ten months in jail, where he got into at least one fist fight with guards.

Then he converted to Islam, and wanted to be called Ibrahim, with no last name, like Cher or Yanni. He married, started studying the Koran, settled into a seemingly quiet life, and went ten years without being arrested. But he started hanging out with a Palestinian activist who was involved with an Arab charity the US government considered a front for terrorists, a connection that led federal agents to start paying attention to Padilla. He quit his job, left his wife and traveled to the Middle East, where he taught English by day, and worked nights as a martial arts instructor. He renamed himself again, becoming Abdullah al-Muhajir, and married a second wife in Egypt. When his first wife, back in America, found out months later that he had remarried, she divorced him.

Padilla, meanwhile, traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. He hung out with very radical Muslims -- al Qaeda-types, who allegedly taught Padilla to be a master bomb-builder. At one point, Padilla is said to have presented his new cohorts with schematics for constructing a nuclear bomb, but when Time magazine later published excerpts from these plans it was plain they had been purloined from a satirical website.

So Jose Padilla is a thug, a gang-banger, a polygamist, and perhaps a terrorist but not a very bright one. When he returned to America, he was arrested as he stepped off the plane, and became famous as the alleged 'dirty bomber'. And certainly, if there is any truth to the allegations he ought to face trial and, if found guilty, be imprisoned. Skipping the trial, though, worries some Americans, who are concerned about the dangers of allowing a President to decide which Americans are covered by the Constitution and which Americans are not. After all, future Presidents might not be as thoughtful and trustworthy as Bush. Lawyers representing Padilla have sued, claiming that the President has no such power, and that any American, even an alleged terrorist, has Constitutional rights.

Padilla's lawyers claim he was tortured, held in isolation throughout his imprisonment, that he was hooded during interrogations, threatened with execution, and given a "truth serum" or an LSD-like chemical. These interrogations were recorded, but the recordings have unfortunately been lost by the Defense Intelligence Agency. Some of the evidence against Padilla, including information on where he had traveled and what he had done, was allegedly obtained by torturing other prisoners.


In early 2003 a federal judge ruled that under Presidential war powers, Bush can order any citizen imprisoned as an enemy combatant, but that Padilla must at least be allowed to see a lawyer. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld refused and instead appealed the case to a higher court. Letting Padilla talk to a lawyer, Rumsfeld argued, might make him less willing to talk in his ongoing interrogations.

In December 2003, a panel of three federal judges ordered that Padilla must be formally charged with a crime, or else be released. But instead of charging him with a crime, the Defense Department appealed the ruling to the US Supreme Court, which rejected the case on technical grounds -- Padilla's lawyers had sued Rumsfeld in New York, instead of suing the Navy brig commander in South Carolina, where Padilla was being held. The prisoner was eventually allowed to see a lawyer, and among his first questions he asked how the Chicago Bears football team was doing. The government listened to Padilla's conversations with his lawyer -- another extraordinary change from longstanding rules of justice, which hold that lawyer-client conversations are confidential.

Forensic psychiatrist Angela Hegarty, who spent twenty-two hours interviewing Padilla and concluded that he was mentally unfit to stand trial, said that his mind had been basically destroyed by his years of interrogation. During his legal proceedings, Padilla grew angry at his own attorneys, claiming that their assertions of abuse had been "unfair to the Commander-in-Chief."

In September 2005, the US Court of Appeals reiterated that the President can order citizens held without trial -- but two months later, apparently to avoid an appeal to the Supreme Court, the government finally pressed charges against Padilla. He was convicted of conspiracy, and giving material support to terrorists. Serious allegations to be sure -- each charge carries a maximum penalty of fifteen years in prison -- but these are nowhere near the horrific crimes Ashcroft told Americans Padilla was guilty of. The court case heard no claims of 'dirty bombs', or of attacks being plotted in or against America.

Father: Jose Osvaldo Padilla (d.)
Mother: Estela Ortega Lebron (sales consultant)
Father: José Lebron (stepfather)
Brother: Chumbi (b. 1973)
Brother: Ilan Ojeda (half brother, b. circa 1978)
Sister: (2 sisters)
Son: Joshua (b. circa 1989)
Wife: Cherie Maria Stultz (m. 2-Jan-1996, sep. Feb-1999, div. 2001)
Wife: Shamia'a (Egyptian, m. Jul-1999, two children)
Son: Hussein (b. Sep- 2000)
Son: Hassan (b. 2002)

    University: Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
    University: Darul Uloom Islamic Institute, Pembroke Pines, FL

    Taco Bell Davie, FL (1992-93)
    Hilton Hotels Sunrise, FL (1990)
    Converted to Islam
    Born-Again Christian
    Trespassing Chicago, IL
    Drug Possession: Marijuana Chicago, IL
    Armed Robbery Chicago, IL, convicted
    Battery Chicago, IL, convicted
    Murder 15-Aug-1985 (Chicago, IL, charges reduced)
    Road Rage Oct-1991 (Sunrise, FL)
    Assault Oct-1991 (Sunrise, FL)
    Assault Broward County jail
    Terrorism Nov-2005 (indicted)
    Conspiracy Nov-2005 (indicted)
    Puerto Rican Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Marijuana, Cocaine, Alcoholism, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis
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Re: What Ever Happened To Jose Padilla?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2010, 09:36:07 AM »
http://news.findlaw.com/legalnews/us/terrorism/cases/index.html

American Jose Padilla’s Terrorism Trial
U.S. v. Adham Amin Hassoun, Mohamed Hesham Youssef, Kifah Wael Jayyousi, Kassem Daher, and Jose Padilla

        *   Jury Verdict Form convicting the three defendants on all terror-related charges (HTML) Aug. 16, 2007
        * Superseding Indictment of American Jose Padilla and other defendants on terror-related charges, accusing Padilla of conspiring to “murder, kidnap and maim” people abroad and support terrorists. (PDF) Nov. 17, 2005
        * U.S. Supreme Court Order granting the government's request to transfer Padilla from military custody to civilian custody, while still considering a constitutional challenge to his capture and detention. (HTML) Jan. 4, 2006
        * Pres. Bush's Memo authorizing the transfer of detainee Jose Padilla from the U.S. Dept. of Defense to the control of the U.S. Attorney. (HTML) Nov. 20, 2005
        * Pres. Bush’s Order to Hold Padilla as an Enemy Combatant (PDF) Federal authorities originally suspected him of plotting to smuggle and detonate a "dirty bomb" into the United States. June 9, 2002
        * Jose Padilla v. Commander C.T. Hanft, USN (District of South Carolina - Case No. 2:04-2221-26AJ and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit) U.S. Supreme Court Order granting the government's request to transfer Padilla from military custody to civilian custody, while still considering a constitutional challenge to his capture and detention. (HTML) Jan. 4, 2006
        * Unopposed emergency application, notice of release, and trasfer of custody of Jose Padilla. (PDF) Nov. 22, 2005
        * Opinion (PDF) The 4th Circuit overturns the U.S. District Court Order, ruling that Congress gave the President legal to detain Padilla, and that he “unquestionably qualifies as an ‘enemy combatant’...” Sept. 9, 2005
        * Order (PDF) (Directing Service on Respondents, Time for Answer) July 6, 2004
        * Padilla's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (PDF) July 2, 2004
          Donald Rumsfeld v. Jose Padilla (United States Supreme Court - Case No. 03-1027)
        * Opinion, June 28, 2004 Order Granting Motion to Expedite Consideration of Petition (PDF) Jan. 23, 2004
        * Government's Motion to Expedite Consideration of Petition (PDF) Jan. 16, 2004
        * Government's Petition for Writ of Certiorari (PDF) Jan. 16, 2004
        * Jose Padilla v. Donald Rumsfeld (U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit - Case Nos. 03-2235, 03-2438) Motion to Stay Mandate (PDF) Jan. 16, 2004
        * Majority Opinion Holding that U.S. Born Padilla Cannot Be Held As An Enemy Combatant. (PDF) Dec. 18, 2003
        * Dissenting Opinion (PDF) Dec. 18, 2003
        * Transcript of Oral Arguments (PDF) Nov. 17, 2003
        * Government's Reply Brief (PDF) Sept. 2, 2003
        * Padilla's Reply Brief (PDF) Aug. 12, 2003
        * Amicus Brief (PDF) (Nat'l Ass'n of Criminal Defense Lawyers and NYS Ass'n of Criminal Defense Lawyers) August 20, 2003
        * Amicus Brief (PDF) (Experts on the Laws of War) August 2003
        * Amicus Brief (PDF) (The Cato Institute, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) July 30, 2003
        * Amicus Brief (PDF) (Hon. John J. Gibbons, et al.) July 30, 2003
        * Amicus Brief (PDF) (American Bar Ass'n) July 29, 2003
        * Padilla's Brief (PDF) July 23, 2003
        * Government's Brief (PDF) July 22, 2003
        * Government's Table of Authorities (PDF) July 22, 2003 Jose Padilla v. George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, et al. (U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of New York - Case No. 02-4445)
        * Order Certifying Govt's Interlocutory Appeal (PDF) April 9, 2003
        * Opinion and Order (PDF) (Padilla v. Rumsfeld [recaptioned]) March 11, 2003
        * Opinion Holding that Padilla can meet with lawyers. (PDF) Dec. 4, 2002
        * Respondents' Response to Court's Oct. 21, 2002 Order (PDF) Oct. 28, 2002
        * Government's Reply In support of Motion to Dismiss The Amended Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus (PDF) Oct. 11, 2002
        * Supplemental Brief of Amici Curiae by The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PDF) Sept. 27, 2002
        * Unclassified 'Mobbs Declaration' (PDF) Aug. 27, 2002
        * Government's Response and Motion (PDF) Aug. 27, 2002
        * Petitioner's Reply to Motion to Dismiss Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (PDF) July 12, 2002
        * Brief of Amici Curiae By The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. (PDF) July 2002
        * Motion to Dismiss Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (PDF) June 26, 2002
        * Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (PDF) (Padilla v. Bush, et al. [recaptioned]) June 19, 2002
        * Order (PDF) June 12, 2002
        * Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (PDF) (Padilla v. United States) June 11, 2002
        * Pres. Bush's Order [to hold Padilla as enemy combatant] (PDF) Federal authorities originally suspected him of plotting to smuggle and detonate a "dirty bomb" into the United States. June 9, 2002

"Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace." ~ Rod Serling
"Cops today are nothing but an armed tax collector" ~ Frank Serpico
"To be normal, to drink Coca-Cola and eat Kentucky Fried Chicken is to be in a conspiracy against yourself."
"People that don't want to make waves sit in stagnant waters."

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Re: What Ever Happened To Jose Padilla?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2017, 01:12:21 PM »
I wonder if he knew people at the Benevolence office in Chicago. Office manager Mohammed Loay Bayazid had his own connections to okc.
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