GUANTANAMO BAY - THE DAVID HICKS TERRORISM CASE
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No Provable Facts, Little Evidence, And Lots Of Fiction.
There is very little doubt that when Australian David Hicks left
While we get to the 'what we did not tell you' section later, the official US version of events are now known.
As I mentioned, David Hicks arrived in
It appears from intelligence reports that he apparently did not actually get too much fighting done. Hicks eventually arrived in
Hicks met with Osama bin Laden on a number of occasions, four times to be precise. Hicks was not involved in the 9/11 episode and did not have prior knowledge of those events. He ended up in
When 'Operation Enduring Freedom' commenced, Hicks was in
Now we come to the bits and pieces as well as other vital omissions that the
First of all, we must mention that
The Australian Government has repeatedly denied knowledge of the processes in relation to David Hicks. The fact is that the Australian Government received a weekly briefing in relation to this case via the CIA and Australian Intelligence Agencies. The Australian Government has thus far done nothing to ensure that proper and internationally recognised legal processes have been adhered to despite the fact that Australian intelligence and legal officers have repeatedly questioned the US military processes, processes that have already been turfed out once by the US Supreme Court.
The charges against Hicks really have no basis in law and are virtually unprovable although there is no doubt that the 'tribunal', illegal as it is, will find him guilty. In fact, the charge of 'Providing material support for terrorism' does not even exist in the 'Laws of War'.
The fact that US-led invasion of
So while David Hicks may well have been charged, I might now turn the issue in reverse in relation to the US activities in both Afghanistan as well as Iraq and I shall highlight charges that I would like to see brought against the US Administration with the particular emphasis on the Hicks case.
There one charge of kidnap, one charge of illegal transportation, one charge of illegal detention, 33 charges of torture, one charge of illegally occupying Guantanamo Bay as it belongs to Cuba, 15 breaches of the Geneva Convention, 15 charges of terrorism and 8 charges of attempting to pervert the cause of justice. There are also 45 breaches of International Law in relation to the Hicks case. And on top of that, there is the charge of illegally invading
The Australian Government, the Prime Minister, and his Attorney General in particular, may be accused of misleading Parliament, misleading the Australian people and failing to provide appropriate support for an Australian citizen that is being held illegally in a foreign country.
The Attorney General should be charged with breaches of the 'Listening Devices Act' and other breaches in relation to the spying on Australian citizens including Hicks legal representatives.
So there you have it. The case against David Hicks, bad boy as he might have been, is a farce as are the