I do not oppose those who are campaigning to bring David Hicks home.
I do not believe he is a sterling cause, nor do I believe that in his future, free life, he will make any more useful contribution to our society than he has to date.
Nonetheless, I appreciate the human rights aspect. I only wish they had a worthier specimen to promote.
Tucked in today’s newspaper is a form letter, which I could send to the Prime Minister, as well as a donation section, all supplied by Amnesty International. That the Hicks family and their supporters now have Amnesty International supporting them is quite remarkable. I’d be mildly interested if they believe that everyone in
I know, I’m being nit-picky, but it seems an obvious aspect of interest.
I don’t mind that households across
What I do mind is the deception of the brochure content. The wording is exceptionally clever. I am in awe of the way a few simple words have been used to paint a false impression. Really I am.
Time is Running Out – says the large print. This in itself is not a deception, but it is silly. Why is time running out? It’s not as though David Hicks is going anywhere, nor is he so old and doddery that he may die before being released. Oh, that’s right, time is running out before he finally faces a trial conducted by the US Military Commission, and their goal is that he never faces any trial any where in the world, no matter what he has done. You wouldn’t know that from the brochure though.
This is where it gets tricky:
Join our campaign to bring David Hicks home to face a fair trial here in
David Hicks should be returned to
In the form letter the words are used again:
Bring David Hicks home. Try him in
Fact: regardless of grounds there is no law under which David Hicks could be tried in
Fact: regardless of evidence there is no law under which David Hicks could be tried in
Fact: It wouldn’t matter what David Hicks had done to advance his burgeoning career as a terrorist on foreign soil, even up to and including murdering dozens of people (if that had been the case - which it wasn't) there is no law in this country that would then, or does now, allow any legal charges to be bought against him in
The Hicks family knows this. Their supporters know this. Amnesty International most definitely knows this.
I resent the deceptive presentation of their campaign, when they are 100% aware that what they are requesting is David Hicks’ immediate freedom back in
They are not asking that “grounds” be evaluated, because they know our laws don’t cover any.
They are not asking that “evidence” be assessed back on home soil, because they know our laws don’t cover the crimes, no matter what evidence exists.
They are not asking that he be tried here, because they know he can’t and won’t ever be.
They are not asking that he be permitted to serve time in a local jail.
They are plain and simply asking for his immediate and unfettered freedom, no matter that he was determined to become a successful terrorist.
I resent the manipulative and deceitful message in their brochure.