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2003-07-29

Australian Man Pleads for U.S. Not To Try Son By Secret Military Tribunal

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Terry Hicks visits the United States with hopes to see his son, David, who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay. Yesterday Hicks locked himself in a cage in New York City to protest his son’s detention.

For the past 19 months Australian David Hicks has been detained at Guantanamo Bay by the U.S. military. The Pentagon recently announced he would be among the select few detainees to face a secret military tribunal for his connection to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Observer of London recently described the options of detainees put before tribunals: confess or die.

Because he is Australian, the U.S. government recently announced that it would not seek the death penalty. The same is true for the two Britons facing trial.

Now Hicks’ father has come to the United States to plead with the government for him to be allowed to see his own son. So far the government has refused. He joins us today in our studio

  • Terry Hicks, father of David Hicks, the Australian held in Guantanamo detention center for nearly two years. His son might face a secret military trial by the U.S.
  • Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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