Saturday, March 31, 2007


The Sydney Morning Herald puts the following disclaimer at the end of a report on Hicks's latest courtroom appearance:
Hicks's father, Terry, said earlier this week: " He's had five years of absolute hell. I think anyone in that position if they were offered anything they would take it."
The ABC also seeks to cast doubt by adding this to a story titled "Hicks apologises, thanks Aust for support":
Meanwhile, Al Qaeda suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri says he was tortured until he confessed to the attack on USS Cole.

He says he lied to interrogators about Osama bin Laden having a nuclear bomb because he was being tortured, a transcript of a March 14 hearing held at Guantanamo Bay says.

"From the time I was arrested five years ago, they have been torturing me," Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian national of Yemeni descent, said through a translator.

"I just said those things to make the people happy."
It's nice that this al-Qaeda goon has shifted from terrorist to happiness spreader but this has nothing to do with the Hicks story.


Anonymous Jeremy said...

I know! We bullied a plea out of him with our outrageously unfair new tribunal system and crazy retrospective charges... sorry, charge... and they object to us acting as though it was a guilty plea obtained as a result of a fair process.


Anyway, we've gagged Hicks from speaking until after the elections, threatened him with perjury if he dares to protest his innocence once he escapes our clutches, and (and this is my favourite) made him agree not to drop any allegations of mistreatment whilst in custody for those five years. (It would have been MILDLY INCONVENIENT for us to have had to investigate those.)

I can't wait until we bring this awesome show trial process back to Australia for a broader range of crimes. Why do we need a criminal law, when the executive can simply bully confessions out of suspects? I don't know why we righties ever bothered arguing about how the genius of western law - those soviets had a fantastically effective system seventy years ago. Ah well, at least we're adopting it now.

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