20. Feb, 2015

American Law shows its Ass

And so the news reaches us that the terrorist, the caught and active terrorist, Australian David Hicks, caught in toto and in esse in a Taliban training camp in Afghanistan has now had his conviction quashed.

The egregious Hicks was a member of Lashkar e Tayeeiba, a proscribed terrorist group operating out of Kabul. After the 11 September tragedy he returned voluntarily to Afghanistan to help defend Kabul against America and its allies.


He was caught and sent to Guantanamo Bay. After much legal toing and froing he was finally sent to this country to serve the remainder of his ‘time’. Since then he has risen to celebrity status and has fought to have his conviction quashed.


On Wednesday [18th February 2015] three US appeals court judges unanimously overturned his conviction, ruling that material support for terrorism was not a war crime and could not be tried by a military court.


What utter and complete codswallop. He was there, a self-confessed member of the terrorist organisation under discussion, pictured holding weaponry, admission serving his political masters – what more can common sense need? But as we know, common sense and law live in parallel worlds.

Naturally Hicks is delighted. He is busy spruiking his new found freedom and conviction less life to all and sundry. He will be an even greater celebrity, doubtless negotiating film rights, book royalties and so forth.


Let’s put it bluntly. The bloody man was [is] a traitor. He was caught fighting another nation’s wars against our allies. He was part of an organisation that had committed one of the greatest single acts of mass murder in world history. And because of the whim of three judges on a vague technicality of the law he is a free man – as free as you and me, with a supposedly an untarnished record.


Bullshit. This is why people have no faith in the law. This is why people take the law into their own hands. The cross dressing and totally anal legal fraternity are of course too dumb to understand that.


In 2007 I wrote a book review on the ABC’s equally egregious Leigh Sales’ Detainee 002 [Hicks]. My review was published in The West Australian. Though certainly not a bad book per se, it is vintage Sales, soft on the hard issues and critical of American process. She should therefore be delighted at this latest farce in American legal process.


In concluding my review I wrote: “Stripped of legal obfuscations, Hicks was a member of a terrorist organisation – Gertrude Stein’s “A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” readily springs to mind.”   



John Coe

23.02.2015 02:47

Martin, many thanks. Bizarre enough to happen. In my world, I'd take one of Saville's cigars, shove it where the sun don't shine, before administering Rule .303


20.02.2015 16:45

Hold that space. Murder seems the new criteria for celebrity status.I think we have a new talk show host in the offing!! Makes Jimmy Saville look like an angel.

John J Coe

20.02.2015 11:11

Bill I agree with all your points, especially about democracy v stupidity. It always returns to the moral dimension. Law is rarely just. Just lucrative.

Bill Cebula

20.02.2015 07:24

If their personal life depended on a decision I wonder how quickly it would pass the two house.it has nothing to do with democracy but stupidity

Bill Cebula

20.02.2015 07:21

The WA mental health Act had not been revised since 1996. Finally passed the two houses. Already out of date and I guess it will be 20 yrs before new Act.

Bill cebula

20.02.2015 07:18

Reminds me when the Poles decided to have a foreign king , with no power, and kept on talking crap while the enemies were at their door

Bill Cebula

20.02.2015 07:15

It's ok was not a crime when hicks was charged. Slack Americans and slack Australians. Always behind the times, and the bad guys always one step ahead.

Bill Cebula

20.02.2015 07:09

If it not s crime now what is the definition of material support?

Bill Cebula

20.02.2015 07:07

Providing material support to terrorism is not a crime. Really , then or now?

John Coe

20.02.2015 05:13

How I so agree. I am astounded the man has the nerve to walk abroad.

Sam Cannon

20.02.2015 05:23

His purpose is to flush out wavering politicians, and he found one. Bill Shorten. Hicks has been dealt an injustice. Oh really?

Sam Cannon

20.02.2015 04:55

A miliion Middle East migrants to this country, many of them Muslims have a greater loyalty to Australia than Hicks. He should be shot.

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The Australian community is in for a world of long overdue pain. It is wholly its own fault for which I have nil sympathy.

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Thanks indeed for the comment. I do agree that we badly need to 'clean out the swamp'. Trump certainly stirred those fetid waters.

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I agree with the general thrust of your comments but the Australian community believes the governments can deliver without pain and there will be a lot of pain up ahead.

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