I'd really like to know the thoughts of some americans on this issue,
i had believed that the USA prided itself on the superiority of it's legal system, there are enough television programs exported from the USA about american courts, lawyers and police. are they fictions about fictions
what do americans think about the treatment of the prisoners at guantanamo? why do you think that the USA can do this? why was the US citizen afforded special treatment compared to the other prisoners? why have no charges been laid? why is legal advise being with-held? why are these people prevented from speaking to their families?
further info about David Hicks @ http://www.fairgofordavid.org/Originally posted by http://sydney.indymedia.org/
Australian David Hicks has been imprisoned in the Guantanamo Gulag for nearly two years. David was accused by the US military of helping the Taliban during the Afghanistan war.
His father Terry Hicks recently went to the US to plead for David to be given some kind of civil trial like John Walker Lindh had. According to Terry, David was trying to escape Afghanistan at the time of his arrest, and he is not a member of the Taliban. Terry was recently on the Democracy Now TV show on FSTV in New York.
David has been denied the basic human right of a fair trial, and is being treated much like prisoners were in the old Soviet system, and prisoners in Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. He has been interrogated regularly, and he is not allowed any phone calls from his family, or his attorney.
The Center For Constitutional Rights, and Amnesty International have taken up his case (click on the AI url to email the US State Department). According to CCR President Michael Raftner, after 19 months Hicks still has no attorney, no access to his family and no charges against him,.... CCR believes that if the US government has evidence that Hicks participated in terrorist activities, they should charge him in a regularly constituted court with other foreign nationals.
It is clear to all of us involved in this case, that the prosecution of David Hicks is more of a political prosecution than a criminal one.
It remains to be seen what happens to David Hicks. What is known is that this Australian citizen could face the death penalty for simply being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Hopefully, David will be able to have his attorneys present his case, so that his side of this shameful violation of human rights will at least be known to the public prior to his sentencing, or possible execution.
if these people have committed crimes why are they not charged and tried? without due process isn't this just state kidnapping?
i cannot see how they are not P.O.Ws, and as such the USA is flaunting the geneva convention
i am sure that the USA wouldn't tolerate US citizens being treated in a similar manner
it seems the rest of us are sub-human, for not being american, and as such we can be treated however americans want
so americans, do you want this? why? and why is it OK?