I read about this the other day, but the more I think about it the madder I get.
David Hicks, and Aussie, has been held by the U.S. in Guantanamo Bay for a long time. It appears he was a crappy foot soldier for al Qaeda. Hicksw finally came up for a tribunal hearing and was looking at some serious longer confinement. Then suddenly, in the middle of the hearing, a plea bargain was reached that resulted in a very short prison term for Hicks and a return to Australia. Everyone, including the defense attorney's, were flumoxed at exactly what happened.Turns out that Cheney
had a little meeting with Australian prime minister John Howard awhile back. Howard, who's a rabid Bush supporter and facing a tough re-election, apparently lobbied for Cheney to intervene for Hicks .... which Cheney obviously did. Voila', Hicks is off the hook and heading home!
Does anyone really think such an intervention would ever happen for someone who is Arab? Boy, those American tribunals are really carrying out an even-handed justice aren't they! The U.S. has zero moral authority in the world when it comes to promoting freedom and justice.