28 December 2007

Douche Of The Week 12.28.07

This week's "Douche Of The Week" is David Hicks from Australia, AND his supporters.

Australian Guantanamo Convict Released

ADELAIDE, Australia - An Australian who fought with the Taliban and later pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism was freed from prison Saturday, after completing a sentence imposed by a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.

David Hicks, who was captured in Afghanistan in December 2001, served more than five years at Guantanamo prison before pleading guilty to providing material support to al-Qaida. He was sent to Australia in March to serve out his sentence.

The 32-year-old former kangaroo skinner was released Saturday morning from South Australia state's Yatala prison. He was met by his father and lawyer and driven away in a civilian car with a police escort.

Dozens of reporters and around 20 supporters gathered to catch a glimpse of the confessed Taliban gunman, who was taken to a secret location.

Hicks did not stop to comment. But Hicks' father, Terry, and lawyer David McLeod later read a short statement in which Hicks thanked his family, friends and legal advocates.

In the statement, Hicks said he recognized "the huge debt of gratitude" he owed his supporters for helping to secure his release.

"I will not forget or let you down," he said.

Hicks refused to speak to the media directly for fear of being sent back to Guantanamo Bay. Under his plea deal, Hicks agreed to remain silent about his time in custody and treatment and also forfeited any right to appeal his conviction. He agreed not to speak with the news media for a year from his sentencing date.

"It is my intention to honor this agreement as I don't want to do anything that might result in my return there," Hicks said in the statement.

Terry Hicks told reporters on Friday that his son would apologize for any wrongdoing he committed while in Afghanistan, but the statement contained no such apology. Asked about the omission, Terry Hicks said his son had served his time and had nothing to be sorry about.

During his incarceration at Guantanamo Bay, Hicks became somewhat of a cause celebrity in Australia, where many activists and outspoken politicians criticized former Prime Minister John Howard for allowing an Australian to languish for years in a foreign jail without trial.

Around 20 supporters cheered at Hicks' release Saturday and held up signs that read, "Hicks is not a threat," an apparent reference to a recent court order allowing the government to place strict controls on the 32-year-old's movements.

Last week, a federal magistrate ruled that Hicks was a security risk because of the training he acknowledged receiving in terrorist camps in Afghanistan. The court was told he met al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden at least 20 times, describing him as a "lovely brother" in letters home.

The magistrate ordered Hicks to report to police three times a week and obey a curfew by staying indoors at premises to be agreed on by police. Other restrictions include that he not leave Australia or contact a list of terror suspects. The restrictions will last for one year.

Throughout his ordeal, Hicks' lawyers referred to their client as a misguided adventurer who only traveled to Afghanistan because his application to join the Australian army had been rejected due to his lack of education. Terry Hicks has regularly maintained his son's innocence, saying he never intended to do anyone harm.

Hicks' family and lawyers have said he is suffering from psychological problems related to his long detention at Guantanamo Bay, but that he is now focused on finding a job to fund university courses in environmental studies. Now that his sentence is over, they say Hicks just wants to lead a normal life.

The only other Australian to be sent to Guantanamo Bay was Mamdouh Habib, who was detained in Pakistan in October 2001 and released in January 2005 after officials found there was insufficient evidence to lay charges.

Robocop's Comment:

Mr. Hicks is a TRAITOR to his country, and an enemy of ours. His supporters support Islamic Terrorists, and applaud the events of 9/11. As an enemy combatant taken without a uniform, his rights under the rules of war stack up to dried shit. He should have been killed by slow torture, or shot at the very least. Since his family supports him with all their heart, they do not deserve to spawn any further.


Opinionnation said...

his supporters?

those assholes must be so proud...

kitten said...

OMGees! I think you said it well!

Debbie said...

I agree with you 100%. No way should a terrorist supporter be let free, even if he does have to 'check in with authorities 3 times a week'. Poor baby! (not)

How about locking him away forever, or my theory, "a dead terrorist can never hurt anybody".

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year.

Robinella said...

You had me at "kangaroo skinner". For the love of Pete.

wolfbaby said...

You said it very well..

I always love to see who your pics are!!