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David Hicks
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    (August 7, 1975- )
    Born in Adelaide, Australia
    Also known as Muhammed Dawood
    Joined the Kosovo Liberation Army (1999)
    Joined the Taliban in Afghanistan (2001)
    Captured by soldiers of the Northern Alliance and turned over the US (December 17, 2001)
    Held at Guantanamo Bay (2002-07)
    In a plea bargain, admitted to 'providing material support for terrorism' and was returned to Australia to serve 9 months of an otherwise suspended 7 year sentence (March 26, 2007)
    Released from Australia's Yatala Labour Prison (December 29, 2007)
    He was expelled from school at 14.
    As a teen and young adult, he supported himself by stealing cars.
    He was trained at several al-Qaeda camps and met Osama bin Laden.
    In a letter to his father, he wrote that he wanted to ensure that 'Western-Jewish domination is finished so we live under Moslem law again.'
    He allegedly told fellow al-Qaeda recuits he wanted to 'go back to Australia and rob and kill Jews.'
    While at a friend's house in Pakistan, he watched the 9/11 attacks on television and reportedly expressed approval.
    Military prosecutors complained they were kept out of the loop when the plea bargain was negotiated.
    According to an unnamed officer, the plea bargain was the result of direct interference by Vice President Dick Cheney, who had negotiated a secret deal with Australian PM John Howard.
    He was allegedly mistreated at Guantanamo, including sleep deprivation, being beaten while blindfolded and handcuffed, and being forced to run in shackles until he injured his ankle.
    He was allegedly punished for talking to Australian consular officials about conditions at Gitmo.
    His trial was repeatedly delayed by questions over the constitutionality of military tribunals.
    A count of attempted murder against him was dismissed with the judge delcaring there was 'no probable cause' to justify the charge.
    Ben Wizner of the ACLU called the case 'an unwitting symbol of our shameful abandonment of the rule of law.'

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