COLUMBIA – A man held for years as an “enemy combatant” wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit accusing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other government officials of torturing him in a South Carolina military prison.
Jose Padilla is appealing a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That court ruled in January that U.S. Congress, not the court system, has jurisdiction over military detention cases.
Padilla is a U.S. citizen who claimed he was unconstitutionally detained and tortured in the Navy brig in Charleston after his 2002 arrest on suspicion of collaborating to build a radioactive bomb.
The government ultimately dropped the dirty-bomb charge. Officials transferred Padilla to civilian courts, where he was convicted of supporting terrorism in Kosovo, Bosnia and Chechnya. He’s serving 17 years.