Today marks four years since Australian David Hicks was arrested on suspicion of involvement with the Taliban. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and is in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, awaiting trial before a US military commission. His Australian lawyer, David McLeod, hopes a decision by Britain's High Court on Tuesday, on a bid for British citizenship, may open legal avenues for Hicks's release.
Astounding! It is completely ludicrous for the citizen of any country to be held in (il)legal limbo for four years. Even more distressing is the pathetic attempts by the Australian government to bring this matter to a close one way or another. Obviously John Howard (Aussie PM) is a sucker for Dubya's flattery - he has called him a man of steel. Well he has certainly not used his 'super powers' to lean on Bush. Blair, on the other hand, has successfully extracted all UK citizens from Guantánamo Bay.
David Hicks is 29 with two children, 10 and 11 (according to Amnesty International) - he has spent 4 years, or close to half his kids lives in jail pending trial. Just get on with it! Better yet if you can't figure out how to try him or indeed if you have the right to pursue this military trail, free him. This whole scenario has made a mockery of US justice and the forces of democracy.
It is a pathetic indictment on the weakness of the Australian government that Hicks best solution is to gain British citizenship. At least they look after their citizens.