A ‘proper’ trial!

John Howard says because Saddam was given a “proper trial” we should all support his subsequent execution. Does he seriously think the travesty which took place in Baghdad was a proper trial?
So if we now follow his logic, the si…

Gag on Hicks

John Howard, Alexander Downer and Philip Ruddock succeeded in having David Hicks gagged until after the election. They say it is a coincidence, but if you believe that, I have a Harbour Bridge I would like to sell you.
They are now lo…

Unwitting service to al-Qaeda

I write to applaud The Canberra Times editorial (April 2, 2007). It is a deeply thoughtful and challenging piece. We in Civil Liberties Australia are deeply disturbed by the response to terrorism that is basically lawless, and breeches fundamental human…

Light on Hicks

The article by Hugh Selby ("Outrage over Hicks a beacon for justice", March 5, p17) is an excellent exposition of Hicks’s tragic circumstance. Read with the article by Michael Otterman below it, it is also deeply disturbing.…

Proud no more

I have in the past been proud to be an Australian. When I met yanks and Brits overseas I felt at least equal to them (perhaps more than equal) but now Australians stand less tall in the world.The US Military Commission’s laws for Gatanomo Bay detai…