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Alleged al-Qaida operative Padilla given access to U.S. secrets before trial

With a federal marshal standing guard just feet away, alleged al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla is being allowed to sift through U.S. government secrets as he prepares his defence with his lawyers. Padilla, charged with conspiring to wage and support international terrorism, is being allowed under a federal judge’s order to examine the documents and videotapes detailing his statements during 3 1/2 years in Defence Department custody as an unlawful “enemy combatant.” That designation was dropped last fall when he was charged in a Miami terrorism case. Full Story

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