US President George Bush is pledging to do all he can to speed up David Hicks’ trial, promising the Australian will be “first in line” to get his day in court. Mr Bush made the promise to Prime Minister John Howard during a telephone call this morning, in which he vowed to “do everything he could to make sure the process was pushed along”. “He said that Hicks was the first in the line, and he understood very much the concerns that I had,” Mr Howard said.
I think Johnno is missing the point. While it is more than a concern that DH has been in Guantanamo for over 5 years with out any charges, it is even WORSE that it is a US “special” military court.
If Hicks were a US soldier facing a Court Martial, the case would have been dismissed according to US military legal folks. And, if Hicks were a US citizen, he would not be allowed to be tried by the court at Guantanamo because the US courts have ruled that the trials at Guantanamo are unconstitutional and deny basic legal rights and process.
So, if Johnno wants to impress us, he should be trying to STOP the trial and demanding that DH be return to Australia, not demanding he be tried ASAP in a court that even the US wouldn’t let their people face.
Anyway, aside from that, the article goes on to say that our evil Justice overlord, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has raised the issue of how Hicks might feel if he was brought home before getting a chance to clear his name.
What a joke! Hicks’ US military lawyer, Major Michael Mori, said: “David Hicks won’t complain if they bring him home (and) he didn’t get to clear his name.”
When reminded that many in government had not always presumed Hicks innocent (news terrorist adds: The whole freaking Johnno Howard axis of evil), Mr Ruddock said that he, as principal law officer, always had. “I have never asserted guilt,” he said.
Does anyone need proof that Philip Ruddock is really a closet Darth Vader cross-dresser?