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Tuesday, November 01, 2005


Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks is facing a US military trial some time this month. ABC Four Corners last night presented the so-called "case" against Hicks (the Sydney Morning Herald has more) and discovered that in fact he was probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A mis-guided man is one thing, possibly spending the rest of his life in prison is another. The Australian government cares little about Hicks because the Bush administration must always be appeased.

Australia is an independent nation?


Blogger elendil said...

"wrong place at the wrong time"? Well, shit, sucks to be you, Hicks. I guess at least you're not in bad company.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 4:16:00 pm  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

Antony, the government cares little for all of us, not just Hicks.

Remember (yet to be indicted war criminal) Alexander Downer's dismissive statement just a week or so ago that if we venture to disaster prone places we shouldn't expect help if things go wrong. Its all our fault for being stupid. Or that his office apparently hung up on relatives trying to get info on Aussies caught up in Katrina.

The message is clear, to them we're all confounded nuisances, except for one day every 4 years.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 6:48:00 pm  
Blogger Activepeace said...

One of the concerns I have with the Anti Terror legislation is that it opens the way for state terror. The powers that the Howard government is seeking go far beyond the need to protect our society and its citizens.

We already have situations in this country where an errant police officer can use excessive force and gratuitous violence in arresting a peace activist, Jim Dowling, confident in the knowledge that senior officers, as well as the Queensland government, will do nothing to curb this form of indiscipline and abuse of power.

You know we are in trouble when you hear the former head of ASIO, Dennis Richardson, tell a large gathering of Terrorism students at UQ just over a year ago, that David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib (who was still in Guantanamo Bay at the time) would get no sympathy from him. He went on to say that they deserved what ever was coming to them.

As we are well aware, "what ever was coming to them" included anal rape and, in Habib's case, the smearing of menstrual blood on his face. Dennis Richardson was rewarded for his loyalty to the Howard government with the post of Ambassador to Washington, where they well understand a tacit support for torture.

You may well ask why the Howard government have not lifted a finger to help Australians get released from the Guantanamo Bay torture centre. Clearly a government that approves of torture, a government that wanted to rush the Anti Terror bill through parliament on Melbourne Cup Day (and had to back down on this) cannot be trusted with these draconian powers.

We need to keep up a very vigorous campaign to get David Hicks released from indefinite detention without trial and from any rigged and improper trial that the Bush regime can invent.

Willy Bach

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:04:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

It's pretty trasnparent that the proposed anti-terror laws are nothign more than a tool to crush dissent. That' precisely the wa the laws are being applied in the UK and the US.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:25:00 am  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

Just before he retired Dennis Richardson, the former ASIO head mentioned by Activepeace was specifically asked by reporters whether ASIO had all the legal powers it needed to protect us from terrorists. The answer was an unqualified "yes."

Howard pulled the additional laws thing out of the hat at the time that the proposed IR changes started seriously affected the opinion polls.
They are a diversion, nothing more.

Anyway, weren't the fridge magnets supposed to protect us from all evil? ;)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 6:00:00 pm  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

As a fighter and active support of the Taliban regime -- did Hicks care much for the miilions of people who suffered under that very same regime?

Some people might call it "Karma." At least this guy is getting a legal trial (and his legal representation of some sort)...unlike the victims of his beloved Islamic regime. So its partial "Karma" of some sorts.

And I personally dont really care about someone whose openly expressed views and goals in life are no similiar than that of a brown shirted Nazi. Just give Hicks's diary a good read and it would sound like he plagerised directly from "Mein kampf."

Makes one wonder what motivates loony leftist moonbats and civil liberterians to be so passionate about the "human rights" of this Neo-Nazi Islamist -- even though he is recieving considerably fair treatment.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 10:49:00 pm  

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