The deal included a statement by Mr. Hicks that he â€œhas never been illegally treatedâ€ while a captive, despite claims of beatings he had made in the past. It also included a promise not to pursue suits over the treatment he received while in detention and â€œnot to communicate in any way with the mediaâ€ for a year. Critics said those requirements were a continuation of what they say has been a pattern of illegal detention policies. â€œIt is a modern cutting out of his tongue,â€ said Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a legal advocacy group, based in New York, that is coordinating the representation of detainees in many suits challenging GuantÃ¡namo detention.Are these the provisions of an institution that has acted morally? No, they are a desperate attempt to make this whole dispicable episode go away. Disgusting.
From the NT Times article on David Hicks, the Australian dropout, former kangaroo skinner, former Jesus-freak, & dangerous Al-QaedaÂ terrorist recently sentenced by the kangaroo court at Guantanamo Bay: