The lawyer appointed to defend Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks is US Marines lawyer Major Michael Mori.
He has worked tirelessly with enormous courage and a dedication to truth and duty that is becoming legendary in Australia in his struggle to get Hicks a fair trial. It's been said of him affectionately in the Australian media that he "looks like Gomer Pyle, but pleads like Atticus Finch" from To Kill A Mockingbird.
Major Mori has travelled to Australia many times to work with David's Australian legal defence team and his family, and has even travelled to Afghanistan to check the veracity of evidence against the accused.
As you will read in this article he has no hesitation contradicting his own chain of command and even the President regarding the guilt of those at Guantanamo and the legality of the kangaroo court military commissions. He disparages the military commissions compared with US court martial system which he says is "a "real" system with "real judges" who take the role of the defence seriously".
He says of the military commission system "It is a creation of the political appointees and civilians that control the Department of Defence — it has nothing to do with military justice and it should never be confused with the US court martial system."
"I am doing my duty," he says. His ethical obligations as a defence attorney, he explains, overrule the restrictions that usually prevent serving military officers from speaking their minds.
"I get the easy job, I get to speak the truth. I am speaking the truth about the military commissions. Military commissions are a made-up system, created after the fact, in which people are handpicked to get a desired outcome."