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Abusing David Hicks is seemingly acceptable on our ABC

Here’s a shameful interview yesterday on ABC Melbourne radio with former Guantanamo Bay captive David Hicks. For the record, Hicks may have pleaded guilty to terrorism charges but he did so to simply get out of the US gulag:

David Hicks: I don’t think you’ve read my book, that’s correct?

Jon Faine: No, I’ve not read your book.

Hicks: Are you aware that I’ve even written a book?

Faine: I’m aware that you’ve written a book called Guantanamo: My Journey. When it arrived at the radio station we asked if you were available. We were told you were not, so I didn’t read it.

Hicks: What do you mean by that?

Faine: Well, this was last year I think it came out, didn’t it?

Hicks: It came out in the middle of October.

Faine: Yeah, so at the stage the book arrived you were not available so I didn’t read a book for someone I wasn’t going to interview.

Hicks: Oh, fair enough. I’d have thought you had an interest in this area and obviously you knew you’d be speaking to me, you would read about it.

Faine: I was told I’d be speaking to you about an hour ago, so I haven’t been able to read your book in an hour, so keep going, though. If you renounce terrorism, what’s led to your change of heart?

Hicks: Nothing’s led to my change of heart. It’s a bit difficult to discuss this with someone who’s not read my book. There’s tens of thousands of Australians out there who have read my book and even before then were informed enough to know differently.

Faine: Well, I plead guilty that I haven’t read your book. You plead guilty to terrorism. I think your offence is the greater. Can we discuss it, please?

6 comments ↪
  • b

    I would like to know why Jon Faine refused to answer the question he was asked by the former american soldier on the program.  "if it was ok to abuse and torture people at guantanamo"

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    I suppose we have to conclude that Jon Faine supports the torture of Australian citizens.

    One may draw no other conclusion.

    Maybe he should have Howard & Downer on his show & they can discuss the merits of toture.

  • rosemerry

    I had heard (even here in France) of Jon Faine's Zionist leanings, but did not know how outstandingly rude and ignorant he was. What kind of attitude to admit to-  he only reads a snippet of something to be able to interview someone and be as biased, insensitive and cruel as is shown here. Are there better people in this job on the ABC?  ( I used to listen to Sandy McCutcheon, Phillip Adams and others with tact).

  • christine

    What is great about this interview is the dignity with which David Hicks responds to John

    Faine.  The pariah clothes no longer fit him and he appears well and confident.

  • steve

    Sure the punishment of David Hick was an embarrassment especially given American and Australian law, but comparing his time to the gulags seems like overkill. With regards to whether he actually committed a crime or not, he confessed, other inmates got out of Guantanamo without confessing and sure undoubtedly the courts were theoretically biased but the point remains he was found guilty. Unlike Faine I have read David’s book, and either he is literally the world’s unluckiest guy, coupled with a few massive mistakes on his part- his decision to go the front lines when the Alliance was attacking the Taliban one of them, not to mention the fact for the vast majority of his time spend in Afghanistan he carried a gun with him, or as I take it there is something’s Hicks’ conveniently leaves out. Especially his claims not be a Muslim, he learnt the Quran, spent the majority of his time overseas in various religious areas, sponsored by religious funds, as such I tend to disbelieve various aspects of his account. That being said I certainly sympathise with his situation. No person should ever have to endure such torture, but as he was found guilty of a crime, he should have simply been sent to Australia to serve the entirety of his sentence for his actions.

  • steve

    By the way by using the term gulag you are showing your ignorance, merely trying to compare to vastly different situations. using the phrase of the day hardly shows intelligence.