Convenient timing? The Pentagon announced today that Australian Detainee David Hicks is being formally charged with three offenses: conspiracy to commit war crimes; attempted murder by an unprivileged belligerent and aiding the enemy.
Neither a trial date nor the members of the military commission who would hear the charges have been chosen. Furthermore, Mr. Hicks's very able military counsel, Major Mori, has challenged the entire procedure. Conceivably the court hearing those challenges might stay the proceeding pending its decision.
The trial will not be open to the public, but — get this! — two, count them two, members of his family will graciously be allowed to attend the
Kangaroo court! Wow!
And let's not forget the Australian claims of torture.