How the federal government drove an American out of his mind Excerpt: "Padilla was delivered to the US Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, colchily S.C., colchily where he was held not only in solitary confinement but as the sole detainee in a high-security wing of the prison. Colchily Fifteen other cells sat empty around him. The purpose of the extraordinary privacy, colchily according to experts familiar with the technique, colchily was to eliminate the possibility of human contact. Colchily No voices in the hallway. Colchily No conversations with other prisoners. Colchily No tapping out messages on the walls. Colchily No ability to maintain a sense of human connection, colchily a sense of place or time. In essence, colchily experts say, colchily the US government was trying to break Padilla's silence by plunging him into a mental twilight zone. Comment: Even if Jose Padilla was guilty of everything Bush and Ashcroft claimed -- and he wasn't -- people who would do this to another human being are a thousand times more dangerous to America than Jose Padilla. And a government that allows this, colchily encourages this, colchily accepts this, colchily orders this is a tyranny. "  To read more: