David Hicks- Statement

Thank you for coming out on a Saturday and during the holiday period. I know you all hoped I might appear and answer some questions. I had hoped to be able to speak to the media but I am just not strong enough at the moment – it’s as simple as that. I am sorry for that. As part of my conditions of release from Guantanamo Bay, I agreed not to speak to the media on a range of issues before March 30, 2008. It’s my intention to honour this agreement as I don’t want to do anything that might result in my return there.So for now, I will limit what I have to say – I will say more at a later time. I would ask the media and the public understand and respect this. I do however want to take this opportunity to say some overdue thankyou’s. First and foremost, I would like to recognise the huge debt of gratitude that I owe the Australian public for getting me home. I will not forget, or let you down.

Next, I would like to thank my family and friends who have been so supportive of me. Words cannot adequately express the level of my feelings for them. I love them very much. Also my team of lawyers: Major Dan Mori, Josh Dratel, Michael Griffin, Steve Kenny and David McLeod, as well as their legal teams in Adelaide, Sydney, Washington and London. Much of their work was carried out pro-bono and they know I owe my freedom to their efforts.

I also thank the legal profession within Australia, including the Law Council of Australia and the state Law Societies, and those abroad, who strove to uphold the ideal of a free trial for an Australian citizen. Many thanks go to the Fair Go For David campaigners and organisations such as Amnesty International, GetUp, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dick Smith, church groups including the Catholic Church, and various anti-torture and human rights groups.

The Red Cross played an important role by trying to improve conditions and the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their efforts. There are certain politicians I would also like to particularly mention and thank: Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, Danna Vale, Sandra Kanck, Senator Bob Brown, Senator Kerry Nettle, Mark Parnell, Senator Linda Kirk, Nicola Roxon, Bob Debus, Rob Hull, Frances Bedford, Kris Hanna and many others who preferred to work behind the scenes.

A huge thank you also to the members of the media who wrote about and increased public awareness of my detention and treatment over the years. Without you, the court of public opinion would not have been as informed or influential. There are many other groups, both large and small, and individuals involved in the campaign for my return to Australia, and to them I offer them my heartfelt thanks. This list is in no particular order and to anyone that I haven’t mentioned, I am very sorry. I hope to thank all of you personally at a later date.

Right now I am looking forward to some quiet time with my wonderful Dad, my family and friends. I ask that you respect my privacy as I will need time to readjust to society and to obtain medical care for the consequences of five and a half years at Guantanamo Bay. I have been told that my readjustment will be a slow process and should involve a gentle transition away from the media spotlight. Thankyou for respecting my privacy and allowing me some breathing space to get on with my life.

This blog is one year old today, Sunday 30th December (also my birthday). I may well write some more about that but this is as good a way as any to mark it (the Youtube clip me and Korova made- here or on YouTube -where you can see the comments people make…). How many more anniversaries pass before Gitmo is closed remains to be seen, hopefully not many. To freedom, equality and dignity for all people.

So it goes. Peace.

David Hicks Released Under Conditions

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks will apologise to the Australian people when he is released from an Adelaide jail this weekend but still disputes any links to terrorism, his father said Friday. The so-called “Aussie Taliban” will walk free Saturday after a six-year incarceration that began in Afghanistan, continued for half a decade in Guantanamo Bay and ended at a maximum security jail in his hometown Adelaide.

Under the plea bargain, Hicks was allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence in Adelaide, but in return forfeited any right to appeal his conviction and agreed not to speak to the media for a year from his sentencing date.

Australia’s government has concedes that the gagging order may not be enforceable in Hicks’ home country, where he has not been convicted of any crime.

On release, Hicks will be subject to a form of control order obliging him to report to police three times a week and obey a curfew, among other restrictions.

Experience (particularly dealing with comments on me and Korova’s YouTube clip on David Hicks) has shown he is a lightning rod for obsessive rightists who see the world as- you’re either on our side and thus treated humanely, or you are an enemy undeserving of treatment as a human being. The war of terror has created a brand- ‘terrorists’ which when applied to a person immediately acts as a license for the hard of thinking to revert to unquestioning submission to the state and corporate propaganda, often unleashing violent sensual fantasies in these armchair fascists.

A psychologist suspects David will have many problems ahead dealing with what was done to him which will be exacerbated by the media frenzy-

“In some very restrictive regimes, and Guantánamo Bay will fall into that category, the environments are actually designed to break people down,” said Ogloff. “There’s no long term goal of rehabilitating people or having them return to the community. So the issues that the individual faces is, in fact, being broken into pieces and having to really be put back together.”

(Xposted at Mask Of Anarchy)

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David Hicks Home In Australia

Hicks ate, chatted and looked out the window during his private jet flight to Adelaide, according to David McLeod. Then, along with his gaolers, he watched the first movie he’d seen in more than five years.

McLeod wouldn’t say what film the strange collection of viewers on board the government-chartered luxury jet had watched.

The Gulfstream landed at Edinburgh RAAF base in Adelaide’s outer suburbs at 9.50am (10.20am AEST).

McLeod, who caught a taxi to Yatala Prison while his client streaked ahead in a full police escort, said the trip had been very pleasant.

“David is well and he enjoyed the trip,” he said. “…He was very glad to be back on Australian soil, he was visibly overjoyed when we touched down in Edinburgh.”

Now Hicks says he wants to repay the faith of those who fought for his release by being a model prisoner. He has instructed Mr McLeod to immediately drop all court actions – including his push for British citizenship – and says he will not take further legal action and will not attemopt to profit from his story.

McLeod said Hicks had suffered some physical ill-effects as a result of his years in Guantanamo Bay, but bigger fears were held for his mental health.

“In the western world’s most notorious prison, he’s become institutionalized,” he said without elaborating.

Put simply it remains to be seen if his mind can ever be set free- and it is appalling that so many news stories report on the charges as if some kind of actual trial happened. The illegal tribunal found him guilty on charges of their choosing after torturing him for five years. I won’t hold my breath to see it reported by the MSM in those accurate terms that show no deference to power. This is how evil thrives, small steps day after day until what was once a lie is repeated as truth, torture becomes ‘abuse’ becomes ‘interrogation’, and a military kangaroo court with no standing in law is called a trial where the verdict is accepted as legitimate.

The Pentagon Are Coming For The Mask!

Korova my flouncy shirted blog compadre of The Mask Of Anarchy has been visited by the Pentagon, a real sign that you’ve arrived and may be disappeared in due course, it’s a quick visit so I reckon it’s automatic tracking software rounding up the dissident media sites. Of course it also shows the pentagon use XP & internet explorer, sad losers, at least use Firefox for fuck’s sake. As this is linked to David Hicks there is a chance they also snooped me but I don’t have a stats tracking plug in that gives me that amount of detail at the moment.

David Hicks Gets 9 Months In An Australian Jail

Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks will be sent home to serve nine months in prison after being sentenced by a military judge at the facility.-

Pragmatically speaking this is a good result for his immediate welfare.

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The Bush Crime Family

The Bush crime family (Mike Malloy’s phrase) proves itself as such with this deal to silence David Hicks:-

AUSTRALIAN terror detainee David Hicks agreed today to withdraw charges that he was abused while held by the United States as part of a plea deal that limits his prison term to seven years.

US Military judge Colonel Ralph Kohlmann asked Hicks if he agreed that he had “never been illegally treated by any persons in the control or custody of the United States” during his detention in Afghanistan and subsequent transfer to the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.

Hicks replied, “Yes.” –

Don Corleone would be proud.

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The Mask Of Anarchy

I am now a contributor to Mask Of Anarchy and when Korova is too overcome with absinthe to stumble out of the gutter, break into a Starbucks and post online I chuck some stuff up there. A mixture of crossposting and unique stuff. Currently you can read Balancing The Scales there, a charge sheet against Bush, Howard, Reid & Blair for their treatment of David Hicks.

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