A British document speaks for the terrorist and reveals what the US hoped to hide, reports Sally Neighbour.
Australian David Hicks, an alledged Al-Qu'aida supporter, has been in US custody for 5 years without a trial.
He recently accepted a plea bargain, pleading guilty to invalid charges in an unconstitutional military commission in order to gain release from Guantanamo Bay, a concentration camp that violates many of the most basic standards set by international conventions.
In accepting the plea bargain offered to him, he agreed to a gag order violating his free speech rights. This order sought to prevent him from speaking to the media for a year. He also had to sign a sham of a document stating that he had never been mistreated by his US captors.
However, a sworn statement he made a long time ago reveals the truth of of his treatment and torture at the hands of his captors.
Hicks's graphic account of his treatment by the Americans, contained in a sworn statement to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in Britain to support his bid for British citizenship, is at odds with the assertions in his Guantanamo Bay plea agreement that he was not mistreated by the US. It also explains why the US has banned him from talking to the media for a year. Hicks's story, detailed in the affidavit obtained by The Weekend Australian, is not one the US Government is keen to have re-told.