I think he needs a bullet in the head. So I voted no
Yes he should be allowed the money
No stuff him
More info hereA DECISION looms on seizing the book profits of convicted terrorism backer and published author David Hicks.
Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland expects the Director of Public Prosecutions to decide soon whether to make its move.
"I wouldn't think it would be too long before a decision would be made in that area," Mr McClelland told Sky News' Australian Agenda yesterday.
The DPP has been weighing options since receiving a report in December from the Australian Federal Police, who investigated Hicks' literary proceeds from his book Guantanamo: My Journey.
Neither Hicks nor his publisher, Random House, has disclosed financial arrangements for the memoir but industry estimates range as high as $350,000.
What does everyone think should hicks get his money or not.
EDIT :- just added a poll
Last edited by mickstv; 23-05-11 at 11:59 AM.
I think he needs a bullet in the head. So I voted no
Stuff him. Give the money to Legacy....my 2 cents..
I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant pluckers son. I'm only plucking pheasants till the pheasant plucker comes.
I think hicks is an idiot, But he was railroaded by the Howard government for it's own political ends.
I won't buy the book, but no doubt there will be enough commentary in the media so that I won't have to.
+1 for No.
Or collect all the money and give it to the widows and family who lost someone on the field fighting these pricks.
I also gave him the big no vote.
But maybe we should give him a award for the biggest knobhead in Australian history.
+1 for No
I actually voted yes, as hell we live in a morally corrupt western world where anything contraversial like this s#@t sells!
Quite interesting, as my wife and I came up with the same comment last night that "thought he was not allowed to profit on this as part of release conditions?"
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them - Albert Einstein
But the Military Commissions Act of 2006, "which is the one that I was forced to plead guilty under", has since been scrapped by the US President, Barack Obama, Mr Hicks told the audience.
"Because of that my US lawyers say that my conviction is now null and void," he said.
So if that's the case he hasn't commited any crime and should be allowed to keep the money.
It was the yanks who convcited him not australia,typical yanks tho threw him in a terriost jail coz he posed with a few ragheads wanna bees with a clapped out bazooka and playing on monkey bars,who next wikileaks founder?the yanks are frightend hicks will trying expose the yanks of who they really are terriost them selves thats about all it comes down to,hope he makes shitloads.
everone bags wiki,
buts its a good jump off point
terrorists terrorising terrorists , go figure
If you feed ducks at a pond, chances are your bound to feed a goose or two without even knowing it.
Plenty of looks but not many votes in the poll.
+1 for No. he claims he had never heard of AQ and was just trying to help the locals. what a knobhead.
I read his book & altho' I think he is an idiot and in the wrong place at the wrong time. I do believe tha John Howard, Alexander Downer & GW Bush have a lot to answer for. He was tortured and they trumped up a charge against him.
I say give him his money & before you make a profound decision, you should read the book.
Some people need to get their finger out of their arse so that the brain can get some oxygen"
I wouldnt read his book, I dont pay terrorists.
I cant believe the amount of people that feel sorry for his boo hooing. " Mess with the bull, you get the horns ". And he did. It's a pity the US didnt do a us a favor and put a bullet in his head. We will have to listen to the pissing and moaning from civil libertarians, the PC and lefties till the day he dies now Slater and Gordon will probably launch a law suit for him now.
Freedom of speech and the right to profit from your actions are inherent rights.
Though having said that if you make money from your crimes, then the profits of crime should be confiscated.
Making money from the story of your life which involved those crimes is not a crime in it's own right.
I don't care if Steve's a moron. I do not hold him any sort of regard nor do I believe he was just holidaying in Afganistan.
But, the point that his rights were clearly violated and continue to do so.
Either he's an enemy combatant in which case he was not treated like a prisoner of war.
He was treated as a prisoner of crime.
He was held indefinitely without trial and his trial was certainly not public and open to scrutiny nor was he judged by a jury.
It's just ####ing rotten to the core. He's either a POW which he should have been treated as such OR he's a criminal and subject to criminal proceedings and all the rights associated with it.
Ok, so lets just play devil's advocate and assume he's a dirty rotten terrorist, found guilty and served his sentence. The punishment is not ongoing. That's double jeporady.
You cannot be tried or punished more than once for your crime.
If you rob a bank, you're sentence is decided up front. At the end of your sentence as you're walking out of the jail, the judge cannot decide that your sentence was not long enough and send you back to serve more time.
A sentence can be appealed, but that is a legal process, and it cannot be retrospective.
If you are even with the house, the house cannot impose interest on your now cleared debt.
If Dave has to give up the cash, well I want to see Choppa-fvckin-Reid hand over all cash he has gained from his fame which is a 100% direct result of his life of crime.
Basically, I wouldn't buy Dave's book and I don't think many other people will bother either. If he makes $20k from his book, well I doubt he's going to use it to buy some ammonium nitrate.
Yes I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
The yanks should have returned him to Afghanistan and handed him over to the locals to decide his fate.
His alleged or otherwise crimes were committed there, and against them, so that is where he should have been dealt with.