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Guantanamo: My Journey Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1843 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: RHA eBooks Adult (October 16, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 25, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T6E3JA
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I'm just finishing this, read it in only a few days. As an Australian it disgusts and disturbs me deeply, and has changed my views on a number of things. Through reading this book, David has become a hero to me, even if it's justifiable to say he wasn't a very bright one back in the days when he went blundering about the Middle East and got himself caught up in world events that were to change his life forever.
One thing that maddens me as I read this book is to think how many people will probably fail to get through it because it may change their minds, causing them to reach a deeper understanding of what our government, our media, and many of the population colluded in doing, or allowing to be done, to David.
But I would counter those who wish to hold on to their old views of David with the point he opens his book with: regardless of what he may or may not have partaken in (and that has been almost entirely fabricated or misunderstood), does anything justify the years of disgraceful torture and abuse outside of the law that he was subjected to? My answer after reading this book is clear: absolutely nothing.
I see on the news today, after David spoke on ABC tv last night, that some media pundits are still calling him a terrorist, etc, and saying he 'got off'. Is it really so hard for you people to believe that someone will sign a false confession after torture? Let alone after the incredible abuse and soul-destroying inhumanity David was put through in Guantanamo? I wager these cowardly folks would've cracked and signed much worse statements much earlier on in the process than did David.
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The book details the life to date of David Hicks in his own words - from a 'normal' suburban upbringing in Adelaide, through adventures on stations in the Northern Territory, trackwork in Japan, on to saving the world from injustices in Kosovo and Kashimir, then to arrest in Afghanistan, incarceration in Guantanamo and life back firstly in prison in Australia then 'freedom'.

At face value this account is a grave condemnation of United States and Australian policies responding to terrorism or possibly more accurately the threat of terrorism and a need to be seen to be doing something. The alleged level of torture and inhumane treatment handed out to Guantanamo prisoners is inexcusable and one can only hope that, to the extent that it is true, retribution follows.

However the book points to the fickle nature of life, about how relatively innocuous life choices can have profound impact, that human nature is not pure (torture), that human nature is pure (David's father and family), and more reinforcement, as if we needed it, that the first casualty in war is truth.

There is nothing in the book to suggest anything other than David was a victim of circumstance, unwise, immature, impulsive and possibly and uncharitably stupid. The choice of quotes to begin each chapter is wonderful, clever satire. But the question for me remains why as there must always be two sides to the story? A challenge for guards who were stationed at Guantanamo - lets hear your story. John Howard - lets hear your story. But before you write read this book.
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This story had an immense effect on me., it showed the suffering that can take place throughout the world when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time., It also opened our eyes to what takes place behind the "scene" so to speak.,.., The suffering David went through in the name of justice was unacceptable and we should see that this never happens again.The public are not always aware of the truth of situations and need to read and learn just what is what., !!!., well worth a read !
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At first, reading this autobiography felt like I was reading a work of fiction; I couldn't understand how human beings could be degraded in such a manner. The events surrounding David Hicks has shown that the moral panic regarding the "war on terror" was a strategy used to keep fear alive in order to justify indefinite detention without habeas corpus, to make it look like something was being done about terrorism. The prisoners of Guantanamo were described as the most dangerous men on Earth, deemed by former Secretary of Defense as "determined killers" and the "worst of the worst". However, the majority of these men weren't even apprehended by US forces but turned over for bounty by guerrilla groups such as the Northern Alliance. Less than 1 per cent were actually charged with any crimes.

Not every man is perfect, and David has admitted to being naive during his younger years but he reiterates that he never did nor ever will support terrorism and explicitly states that he never engaged in any acts of terrorism. The military training he received while participating in the struggle for freedom in Indian controlled parts of Kashmir was standard military training that did not involve bomb-making, hijacking, targeting civilians or the preposterous type of instruction that he was purported to take part in.

Gitmo should be shut down and this was the promise made by Barack Obama on the 2nd of August 2007, yet money is continuously being spent on renovation, in excess of $500 million dollars.
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