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So Jose Padilla is getting to see “government secrets” to help prepare his defense, an “unusual” move for which security will be “extraordinarily tight”: The guy who was, with such exquisitely convenient timing, accused of plotting a dirty bomb attack, and is now getting ready for trial on terrorism charges, will have to go with his defense lawyers to the inner sanctum of a courthouse, with a U.S. marshal standing in the doorway at all times. And those explosive, double super secrets? “32 Defense Department documents that summarize statements Padilla made during his years in military custody” as well as “57 videotapes of interrogations he underwent during that same period.” Forgive us if we’re missing something here…

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