Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:11
by Jacob G. Hornberger
Consider the following hypothetical. DEA agents in Columbus, Georgia, suspect that Joe Blow is selling cocaine and heroin to city youths. They’re sure he’s guilty but have been unable to come up with any evidence of his guilt. Under a formal policy established by the DEA, they take Joe into custody without a warrant, take him to a secret federal facility, keep him in solitary confinement for 3 years, and brutally torture him until he finally confesses to the crime. The federal grand jury issues a criminal indictment and the U.S. Attorney proceeds to prosecute the case. The prosecutor introduces Joe’s confession into evidence.