Since 2002, Jose Padilla has been held as an enemy combatant at a Navy brig in South Carolina. During that time, that American-born terrorism suspect was held in solitary confinement. On the rare times when he was removed from his cell, he was forced to wear noise-cancelling headphones and blacked-out goggles.
Padilla is now being held as a criminal defendant but his lawyers say that, because of his treatment in the brig, he is mentally and physically damaged and cannot help prepare his defense.
New York Times reporter Deborah Sontag has a story on Padilla's military confinement in today's paper.