'Civilized' Prison Conditions
The brig’s technical director, Sanford E. Seymour, also said that Mr. Padilla, an American citizen who was designated an enemy combatant in 2002, sometimes slept on a steel bunk without a mattress, that the windows in his 80-square-foot cell were blackened and that brig employees covered up their nametags around him.
He was allowed a few visits with an Imam, but there were times when Padilla's Koran was taken from him. He came to believe (one wonders how) that a flu shot he was given was actually an injection of LSD.
Both government and defense experts have examined Mr. Padilla, and as is usually the case, come up with different conclusions. The conditions under which he was examined are somewhat suspect for both sides.
“I’m not sure that any of us know what happened at the brig, but I know that something there put the fear into Mr. Padilla,” said Patricia Zapf, a forensic psychologist who examined him. “Mr. Padilla is an anxiety-ridden, broken individual who is incapacitated by that anxiety.”
But the Bureau of Prisons psychologist, Dr. Buigas, disagreed with the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. He said Dr. Zapf’s testing was invalidated by the fact that Mr. Padilla was handcuffed during the tests, a condition imposed on Dr. Zapf by prison officials. ...
Prosecution lawyers scoffed at the idea the Mr. Padilla was mentally incompetent, saying that his jailers had never reported any psychiatric problems and that he had comported himself well during court hearings. [Emphasis added]
This is what we have been reduced to.