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Ah David Hicks has been in the news again. This time its all about appealing his conviction on the basis of a recent ruling about the law under which he was tried having been applied retrospectively. Well I can understand, from a legal perspective, how that might work. However in terms of moral culpability it changes nothing Hicks admitted taking part in the Jihad game and both endorsing and physically supporting the “great man” Osama. in the letters he wrote home to his father. To my mind this makes him complicit in all of the atrocities committed by Al Qeada right up until he was captured in Afghanistan. To hear terry Hicks on the radio talking about “clearing the name” of his son was beyond obscene. The name of David Hicks will never be truly clean for as long as he draws breath even if moves in the US courts do manage to quash his conviction, that won’t make him an “innocent” man all it will do is make him a guilty man who has been able to evade justice through a technicality.
Annoyed about this Comrades
David Hicks may not be able to keep the money from his “Holiday at Club Gitmo” Book, or its about time!!!!
Ah the never ending saga of our favorite Aussie Jihadist; Yep its another story about Hicks, only this time its one which will undoubtedly upset his fan club (Hi PKD 😉 ) because it seem that the Commonwealth is finally going to seize the profits form his self-serving holiday memoir:
My only question here is why has it taken them so long to act here?
I’m not sure which is more disturbing, the thought of fawning Latte sippers lining up to get David Hicks to sign his book or the notion that he might profit from it.
Notice too how the Age skips over the salient fact that Hicks trained with al Qaeda and declared allegiance to Osama Bin laden? Hmm I very much hope that the profits from this book are seized by the Commonwealth, but I am cynical enough to expect that they won’t be because the Labor government and their masters the Greens will ensure that Hicks is able to profit from his crimes, just as they caved in to the spurious law suits from that other terrorist Mandoub Haib.
If Hicks was genuine about wanting to put those , err,” indiscretions” behind him, then he would just look to the future and not try to profit from a very disgraceful past.
Surprise, Surprise. It turns out that David Hick’s tell-all book doesn’t quite tell the whole story, particularly when it comes to the training he undertook with al-Qaeda or the anti-Semitic views he adopted at the time:
While questions remain over whether Hicks stands to profit from the book, journalist and author Sally Neighbour calls his account “deceptive and disappointing”.
“The problem with Hicks’s book is that out of the 456 pages he spends less than one page talking about his training with Al Qaeda,” she said.
“The significant thing about David Hicks, among other things, is that he was probably the most highly trained of all of the Australian Al Qaeda graduates.
“He did very extensive training over a number of weeks or months which is why he was of such interest to the authorities.
“And the fact that he skates over this and provides virtually no detail of it and claims he never did any terrorist training, never went to a terrorist training camp, wasn’t aware of any terrorist activity, is just beyond belief because there are now enough reliable sources so that we know that this is simply not true.”
This account by Hicks seems to be extremely self-serving. Rather than discuss why and how he joined the terrorist organisation which supported the Taliban and committed the murderous attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, Hicks instead seems keen to present himself as some adventure-loving backpacker who ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The truth is of course very different to what Hicks and his progressive supporters would have us believe. Hicks was for all intents and purposes a member of al-Qaeda, who was willing to fight for them and accepted their most vile anti-Semitic views. That’s why in 2007 he pleaded guilty to one charge of materially supporting terrorism. His own confessions shortly after his capture provide all the evidence one needs to be satisfied of his guilt.
All this is not to say that Hicks shouldn’t be a free man allowed to start over. He has paid for his crime with several years incarceration. Like all convicted criminals who are not likely to re-offend, Hicks deserves a second chance. But when he tells his story, he should be held to account for a self-serving account which fails to be honest and candid about his journey into Islamism and his support for terrorists.
I’d personally have more respect for Hicks if he admitted that he made a huge mistake and apologised for it. This account would indicate that like his left-wing supporters, he thinks he shouldn’t have to own up to his misdeeds.
“As for Dave, someone at some Internet dump recently mentioned “Tim Blair’s ludicrous claim that the left are ‘fans’ of David Hicks.”
Now, I might not be the world’s foremost researcher but locating leftist David Hicks fans is as easy as finding lesbians in the Uniting Church. Even I can do it. A few examples follow (of Hicks fans, not Uniting Church lesbians)”
Read the whole thing–it’s funny and spot-on.
unashamedly half inched from AWH 😉
What can I say to this? Maybe it is some sort of justice after all…
Reports are beginning to emerge that convicted terrorist David Mathew Hicks, also known as Mohammad Darwood was found dead in his cell at 12, 51 am Cuban time, his father Terry is of course devastated by the news.”for David to get this close to freedom and to die now is the cruelest twist of fate imaginable” he said through a veil of tears .
Greens leader Bob Brown was visibly angry” this is an example of the negligence of the American marine corps they have let this happen so that David Hicks can’t reveal the truth about his illegal detention” he claimed when interviewed.
Alexander Downer has released a statement saying” the Australian government has sent a “please explain, ” to the appropriate person and we will not rest until we find out the exact circumstances of Mr Hicks’s death”
Kevin Rudd was not available for comment but a spokes person said “Labor takes the death of any Australian in an overseas prison, particularly one like Guantanamo bay, with the utmost seriousness.” (source)
I would have thought that after posting a whole swag of posts on “our Dave” that my commentators would have appreciated the last couple of posts that touch on different topic’s entirely (I call it light and shade in blogging) but the thirst for Davo seem unquenchable so here I pose a different question…
Now the Hicks has done the right thing and admitted his little terrorist adventures it is no surprise that the ABC should do an in depth piece on him. What will be interesting, and the point to consider is just how balanced the program will be.
By the time this program goes to air there will, in all likelihood have been a sentence handed down and we can really look into the question of what is inappropriate sentence for taking up both the Jihad and the bomb? Come on my leftist friends(and normal friends as well) 😉 tell us how we can scale punishments for terrorist acts and conspiring to commit terrorist acts?
The topic here then is not whether the trial process at Gitmo is fair but what constitutes a just punishment for crimes of terror?
“DAVID HICKS: THE UNTRIED CASE”: 4 CORNERS APRIL 2 Next on Four Corners: Why did David Hicks plead guilty? “David Hicks: The Untried Case” on Four Corners 8.30 pm Monday 2 April, ABC TV. This program will be repeated about 11.35 pm Wednesday 4 April; also on ABC2 digital channel at 9.30 pm Wednesday and 8 am Thursday.Four Corners
What follows is the actual allegations against David Hicks (courtesy of Andrew Bolt) Now this rather long document puts an end to the furphy that Hicks was “just guarding a Tank” or the implication that he was nothing more than a poor tourist who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is long and detailed but please be patient and read the whole document before commenting.
ATTORNEY WORK PRODUCT (KMCv070202)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DAVID MATTHEW HICKS
a/k/a “David Michael Hicks”
a/k/a/ “Abu Muslim Australia”
a/k/a “Abu Muslim Austraili”
a/k/a “Abu Muslim Philippine”
a/k/a “Muhammad Dawood”
Providing Material Support for Terrorism;
Attempted Murder in Violation of the Law of War
1. The accused, David Matthew Hicks (a/k/a “David Michael Hicks,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Australia,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Austraili,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Philippine,” a/k/a “Muhammad Dawood;” hereinafter “Hicks”), is a person subject to trial by military commission for violations of the law of war and other offenses triable by military commission, as an alien unlawful enemy combatant engaged in hostilities against the United States. At all times material to the charges:
2. Jurisdiction for this military commission is based on: the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Pub. L. No. 109-366, hereinafter “MCA;” its implementation by the Manual for Military Commissions (MMC), Chapter II, Rules for Military Commissions (RMC) 202 and 203; and, the final determination of September 30, 2004 by the Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) that Hicks is an unlawful enemy combatant as a member of, or affiliated with, al Qaeda.
3. The charged conduct of the accused is triable by military commission.
4. Hicks was born on August 7, 1975 in Adelaide, Australia.
5. In or about May 1999, Hicks traveled to Tirana, Albania and joined the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a paramilitary organization fighting on behalf of Albanian Muslims. Hicks completed basic military training at a KLA camp and engaged in hostile action before returning to Australia.
6. While in Australia, Hicks converted from Christianity to Islam. In or about November 1999, he traveled to Pakistan where, in early 2000, he joined a terrorist organization known as Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LET), meaning “Army of the Righteous” or “Army of the Pure.”
a. The LET is the armed wing of Markaz-ud-Daawa wal Irshad (MDI), (a/k/a Markaz Jamat al Dawa), a group formed by Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and others.
b. The LET’s known goals include violent attacks against property and nationals (both military and civilian) of India and other countries in order to seize control of Indian held Kashmir and violent opposition of Hindus, Jews, Americans, and other Westerners.
c. Starting around 1990, LET established training camps and guest houses, schools, and other operations primarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan for the purpose of training and supporting violent attacks against property and nationals (both military and civilian) of India and other countries.
d. Since 1990, members and associates of LET have conducted numerous attacks on military and civilian personnel and property in Indian-controlled Kashmir and India.
e. In 1998, Saeed called for holy war against the United States after U.S. missile attacks against terrorist training facilities in Afghanistan killed LET members.
f. On or about April 23, 2000, in a bulletin posted on the internet, LET claimed that it recently killed Indian soldiers and destroyed an Indian government building, both in Indian Kashmir.
g. On or about December 26, 2001, the United States designated LET a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
7. After joining LET, Hicks trained for two months at LET’s Mosqua Aqsa camp in Pakistan. His training included weapons familiarization and firing, map reading and land navigation, and troop movements.
8. Following training at Mosqua Aqsa, Hicks, along with LET associates, traveled to a border region between Pakistani-controlled Kashmir and Indian-controlled Kashmir, where he engaged in hostile action against Indian forces.
9. In or about January 2001, Hicks, with assistance from LET, traveled to Afghanistan and attended al Qaeda training camps.
10. Al Qaeda (“The Base”) was founded by Usama bin Laden and others in or about 1989 for the purpose of opposing certain governments and officials with force and violence.
11. Usama bin Laden is recognized as the emir (prince or leader) of al Qaeda.
12. A purpose or goal of al Qaeda, as stated by Usama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders, is to support violent attacks against property and nationals (both military and civilian) of the United States and other countries for the purpose of, inter alia, forcing the United States to withdraw its forces from the Arabian Peninsula and in retaliation for U.S. support of Israel.
13. Al Qaeda operations and activities are directed by a shura (consultation) council composed of committees, including: political committee; military committee; security committee; finance committee; media committee; and religious/legal committee.
14. Between 1989 and 2001, al Qaeda established training camps, guest houses, and business operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries for the purpose of training and supporting violent attacks against property and nationals (both military and civilian) of the United States and other countries.
15. In August 1996, Usama bin Laden issued a public “Declaration of Jihad Against the Americans,” in which he called for the murder of U.S. military personnel serving on the Arabian peninsula.
16. In February 1998, Usama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri, and others, under the banner of “International Islamic Front for Fighting Jews and Crusaders,” issued a fatwa (purported religious ruling) requiring all Muslims able to do so to kill Americans – whether civilian or military – anywhere they can be found and to “plunder their money.”
17. On or about May 29, 1998, Usama bin Laden issued a statement entitled “The Nuclear Bomb of Islam,” under the banner of the “International Islamic Front for Fighting Jews and Crusaders,” in which he stated that “it is the duty of the Muslims to prepare as much force as possible to terrorize the enemies of God.”
18. In or about 2001, al Qaeda’s media committee created As Sahab (“The Clouds”) Media Foundation which orchestrates and distributes multi-media propaganda detailing al Qaeda’s training efforts and its reasons for its declared war against the United States.
19. Since 1989 members and associates of al Qaeda, known and unknown, have carried out numerous terrorist attacks, including, but not limited to: the attacks against the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998; the attack against the USS COLE in October 2000; and the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
20. On or about October 8, 1999, the United States designated al Qaeda (“al Qa’ida”) a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and on or about August 21, 1998, the United States designated al Qaeda a “specially designated terrorist” (SDT), pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
CHARGE I: VIOLATION OF SECTION AND TITLE OF CRIME IN PART IV OF M.M.C. SECTION 950v(25) PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM
21. Paragraphs (11) through (20) of the General Allegations are realleged and incorporated by reference for Specifications 1 and 2 of Charge I.
22. SPECIFICATION 1: In that the accused, David Matthew Hicks (a/k/a “David Michael Hicks,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Australia,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Austraili,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Philippine,” a/k/a “Muhammad Dawood;” hereinafter “Hicks”), a person subject to military commission as an alien unlawful enemy combatant, did, in or around Afghanistan, from in or about December 2000 through in or about December 2001, unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally provide material support or resources to an international terrorist organization, namely al Qaeda, who the accused knew to be such organization that engaged, or engages, in terrorism, and engaged in hostilities against the United States, that the conduct of the accused took place in the context of and was associated with an armed conflict, namely al Qaeda or its associated forces against the United States or its Coalition partners, and that the material support or resources provided by the accused, included, but was not limited to, the following:
a. That in or about January 2001, Hicks traveled to Afghanistan, with the assistance of Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LET), to include LET’s recommendation, funding, and transportation, in order to attend al Qaeda terrorist training camps.
b. That upon entering Afghanistan, Hicks traveled to Kandahar where he stayed at an al Qaeda guest house and met Richard Reid (“Abdul Jabal”), Feroz Abbasi (“Abu Abbas al-Britani”), and other associates or members of al Qaeda. While attending al Qaeda’s training, Hicks would use the kunya, or alias, “Abu Muslim Austraili,” among others.
c. That Hicks then traveled to and trained at al Qaeda’s al Farouq camp located outside Kandahar, Afghanistan. In al Qaeda’s eight-week basic training course, Hicks trained in weapons familiarization and firing, land mines, tactics, topography, field movements, and basic explosives.
d. That in or about April 2001, Hicks returned to al Farouq and trained in al Qaeda’s guerilla warfare and mountain tactics training course. This seven-week course included: marksmanship; small team tactics; ambush; camouflage; rendezvous techniques; and techniques to pass intelligence to al Qaeda operatives.
e. That while Hicks was training at al Farouq, Usama bin Laden visited the camp on several occasions. During one visit, Hicks questioned bin Laden regarding the lack of English al Qaeda training material.
f. That after Hicks completed his first two al Qaeda training courses, Muhammad Atef (a/k/a Abu Hafs al Masri), then the military commander of al Qaeda, summoned and individually interviewed certain attendees. Hicks was interviewed about: his background; knowledge of Usama bin Laden; al Qaeda; his ability to travel around the world, to include Israel; and his willingness to go on a martyr mission. After this interview, Muhammed Atef recommended Hicks for attendance at al Qaeda’s urban tactics training course at Tarnak Farm.
g. That in or about June 2001, Hicks traveled to Tarnak Farm and participated in this course. A mock city was located inside the camp, where trainees were taught how to fight in an urban environment. This city tactics training included: marksmanship; use of assault and sniper rifles; rappelling; kidnapping techniques; and assassination methods.
h. That in or about August 2001, Hicks participated in an advanced al Qaeda course on information collection and surveillance in an apartment in Kabul, Afghanistan. This course included practical application where Hicks and other student operatives conducted surveillance of various targets in Kabul, including the U.S. and British embassies. This surveillance training included weeks of: covert photography; use of dead drops; use of disguises; drawing diagrams depicting embassy windows and doors; documenting persons coming and going to the embassy; and, submitting reports to the al Qaeda instructor who cited the al Qaeda bombing of the USS Cole as a positive example of the uses their training. During this training, Hicks personally collected intelligence on the American Embassy.
i. That during the surveillance course, Richard Reid (“Abdul Jabal”) visited on two separate occasions. After the course, Hicks returned to Kandahar airport, where Abdul Jabal taught a class on the meaning of jihad. Hicks also received instruction from other al Qaeda members or associates on their interpretation of Islam, the meaning and obligations of jihad, and related topics, at other al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan.
j. That on or about September 9, 2001, Hicks traveled to Pakistan to visit a friend. While at this friend’s house, Hicks watched television footage of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, and expressed that it was a good thing this happened.
k. That on or about September 12, 2001, Hicks returned to Afghanistan and, again, joined with al Qaeda. Hicks had heard reports that the attacks were conducted by al Qaeda and that America was blaming Usama bin Laden.
l. That upon arriving in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Hicks reported to Saif al Adel, then al Qaeda’s deputy military commander and head of the security committee for al Qaeda’s Shura council, who was organizing al Qaeda forces at locations where it was expected there would be fighting against the United States, Northern Alliance, or other Coalition forces. Hicks was given a choice of three different locations (city, mountain, or airport), and he chose to join a group of al Qaeda fighters near the Kandahar Airport.
m. That Hicks traveled to the Kandahar Airport and was issued an Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947 (AK-47) automatic rifle. On his own, however, Hicks armed himself with six (6) ammunition magazines, 300 rounds of ammunition, and three (3) grenades to use in fighting the United States, Northern Alliance, and other Coalition forces.
n. That on or about October 7, 2001, when the Coalition Forces, Operation Enduring Freedom, bombing campaign began, Hicks had been at the Kandahar airport for about two weeks and entrenched in the area where the first bombs were dropped. At this site, other al Qaeda forces who were in battle positions based a couple of hundred meters in all directions, and under the direction of another al Qaeda leader.
o. That on or about October 10, 2001, after two nights of bombing, Hicks was reassigned and joined an armed group outside the airport where he guarded a tank. For about the next week Hicks guarded the tank, and every day received food, drink, and updates on what was happening from the al Qaeda leader in charge of them.
p. That Hicks heard fighting was heavy at Mazar-e Sharif, that Kabul would be next, and that western countries, including the United States, had joined the Northern Alliance.
q. That Hicks implemented his al Qaeda training by training some of the others positioned with him at Kandahar. After apparent resistance to his training, and no enemy in sight at the time in Kandahar, Hicks decided to look for another opportunity to fight in Kabul.
r. That on or about October 17, 2001, Hicks told the al Qaeda leader in charge of his plans, and then traveled to Kabul. Hicks also took his weapon and all his ammunition.
s. That Hicks arrived in Kabul and met a friend from LET, who requested Hicks go to the front lines in Konduz with him, and Hicks agreed.
t. That on or about November 9, 2001, Hicks and his LET friend arrived at Konduz, the day before Mazar-e Sharif was captured by the Northern Alliance and U.S. Special Forces. Sometime after Hicks arrived at Konduz, he went to the frontline outside the city for two hours where he joined a group of fighters, including John Walker Lindh and others, engaged in combat against Coalition forces. Hicks spent two hours on the frontline before it collapsed and Hicks had to run away. During the retreat, Hicks saw bullets flying and that the Northern Alliance had come over the top of the trench with the tanks.
u. That Hicks spent two to three days walking back to Konduz while being chased by the Northern Alliance and being fired upon.
v. That Hicks made it safely back to the city of Konduz, where he approached some of the Arabs and asked about their plans. The Arabs said they were going to go back into Konduz, and fight to the death. Hicks decided, instead, to use his Australian passport and go back to Pakistan.
w. That Hicks then moved secretly within Konduz to a madafah, an Arab safe house. Hicks wrote the Arabs a letter that said not to come look for him because he was okay, and left the safe house. At this time Hicks still had his weapon, and moved again, secretly, to another house where he stayed for about three weeks. Afterwards, a man spoke some English helped Hicks sell his weapon, so he could return to Pakistan.
x. That in or about December 2001, one week after the control of Konduz changed from the Taliban to the Northern Alliance, Hicks took a taxi in an attempt to get to Pakistan. However, Hicks was captured by the Northern Alliance in Baghlan, Afghanistan.
23. Paragraphs 22(a) through (x) of Specification 1 are realleged and incorporated by reference for Specification 2 of Charge I.
24. SPECIFICATION 2: In that the accused, David Matthew Hicks (a/k/a “David Michael Hicks,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Australia,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Austraili,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Philippine,” a/k/a “Muhammad Dawood;” hereinafter “Hicks”), a person subject to military commission as an alien unlawful enemy combatant, did, in or around Afghanistan, from in or about December 2000 through in or about December 2001, unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally provide material support or resources to be used in preparation for, or in carrying out, an act of terrorism, that the accused knew or intended that the material support or resources were to be used for those purposes, that the conduct of the accused took place in the context of and was associated with an armed conflict, namely al Qaeda or its associated forces against the United States or its Coalition partners.
CHARGE II: VIOLATION OF SECTION AND TITLE OF CRIME IN PART IV OF M.M.C. SECTION 950t ATTEMPTED MURDER IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW OF WAR
25. SPECIFICATION: In that the accused, David Matthew Hicks (a/k/a “David Michael Hicks,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Australia,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Austraili,” a/k/a “Abu Muslim Philippine,” a/k/a “Muhammad Dawood;” hereinafter “Hicks”), a person subject to military commission as an alien unlawful enemy combatant, did, in or around Afghanistan, from on or about September 11, 2001, through in or about December 2001, unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally attempt to commit murder in violation of the law of war, by directing small arms fire, explosives, or other means and methods, with the intent to kill divers persons of the United States, Northern Alliance, or other Coalition forces, while the accused was without combatant immunity as an unlawful enemy combatant who was part of, or supporting, al Qaeda, Taliban, or associated forces engaged in hostilities against the United States or its Coalition partners, and that the conduct of the accused took place in the context of and was associated with an armed conflict.