David Hicks is an Australian who was captured in Afghanistan after the US invaded. He has spent 5 years in Guantanamo Bay, a lot of it in solitary confinement, without having been charged or tried in any legitimate court of law, and with most basic legal rights removed.
As this article states, he has been abused and tortured. His treatment is a war crime according to international law.
Hicks is now applying for British citizenship (for a second time) based on his mother's British nationality.
In the documents towards his citizenship bid, he says a first interrogation by five black-clad Americans was accompanied by smacks on the back of his head as he was told he was a liar. His second is said to have involved soldiers sitting outside with guns trained on him while his interrogator shook him violently and waved a pistol in his face.
The documents say Hicks, hooded and shackled, was shuttled to US naval ships and among his fellow prisoners was John Walker Lindh, the young American who fought with the Taliban.
According to the account, as other prisoners were taken for
interrogation, their screams clearly audible, Hicks said he heard a
US guard tell Lindh "this will not happen to you because you are an
American". Lindh was not sent to Guantanamo Bay or required to face a
military commission trial.
Hicks says that, at first, he was spared the beatings meted out to others. Several days after he was shifted to the USS Bataan, that all changed. The documents say that, thrown into a helicopter, he and a group of other blindfolded detainees were whisked to an undisclosed "hangar-like" location where they were forced to kneel
for 10 hours while verbally and physically assaulted. Hicks said he
was repeatedly hit on the back of a head with a rifle, slapped on the head, spat on, kicked, stepped on by troops and punched in the temple.