Dec 28, 2007

Australia frees Guantanamo convict


ADELAIDE, Australia - Confessed terror supporter David Hicks was released from an Australian prison Saturday after completing a U.S.-imposed sentence for aiding al-Qaida.

Hicks became the first person convicted at a U.S. war crimes trial since World War II after he pleaded guilty in March to providing material support to a terrorist organization.

Caught fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan in December 2001, Hicks spent more than five years without trial at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before a plea deal secured his transfer to Australia earlier this year.
Hicks had confessed to US military prosecutors to training with terrorist groups al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Toiba, and fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan. He was captured among Taliban forces in Afghanistan in December 2001 and transferred to Guantanamo Bay the next month.
Saboma said...
David Hicks was a political prisoner and never was guilty of anything. He admitted to charges in order to play 'the game.'
Leonard Peltier remains in prison although his trial remains questionable.
Both were falsely charged with crimes that have not ever been legally substantiated. The CIA and FBI alleges differently.
The CIA and the FBI were both in the wrong when both Hicks and Peltier became political scapegoats.
I met a number of inmates that had no business being in prison but they copped plea bargains in order to make the ordeal a simple one.
Crazy, huh?

And just think, at any given time, either you or me could easily end up in a legal cluster phuck just like these two men.

The law has no gender preference.

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Saboma said...

David Hicks was a political prisoner and never was guilty of anything. He admitted to charges in order to play 'the game.' Leonard Peltier remains in prison although his trial remains questionable. Both were falsely charged with crimes that have not ever been legally substantiated. The CIA and FBI alleges differently. The CIA and the FBI were both in the wrong when both Hicks and Peltier became political scapegoats.

I met a number of inmates that had no business being in prison but they copped plea bargains in order to make the ordeal a simple one.

Peltier remains a political prisoner


Crazy, huh? And just think, at any given time, either you or me could easily end up in a legal cluster phuck just like these two men. The law has no gender preference.