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Hicks wins British citizenship (British give Australian Guantanamo detainee citizenship)
Herald Sun ^ | 13th December 2005

Posted on 12/13/2005 3:24:34 AM PST by naturalman1975

AUSTRALIAN terrorist suspect David Hicks, held in the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has won his court battle for British citizenship, which could pave the way for his eventual release.

The High Court handed down its decision in London.

Hicks, 30, has spent four years at the jail after being arrested among Taliban forces in Afghanistan in the wake of the US-led invasion prompted by the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

His lawyers have said they will argue that as a Briton, Hicks should be freed, as has been the case with all other Guantanamo inmates who are British nationals.

Australian authorities have refused to lobby for his release.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: appease; britain; davidhicks; greatbritain; india; islam; israel; muslim; poms; terror; uk; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 12/13/2005 3:24:35 AM PST by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

this sounds like a flag of convenience.


2 posted on 12/13/2005 3:35:46 AM PST by vimto (Life isn't a dry run)
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To: Cronos; swarthyguy; Gengis Khan; Brian Allen

Ping!


3 posted on 12/13/2005 3:54:32 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: naturalman1975

I have some beach front property in Australia that Hicks might like........complete with local Welcome Wagon volunteers.


4 posted on 12/13/2005 4:05:23 AM PST by armydawg1 (" America must win this war..." PVT Martin Treptow, KIA, WW1)
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To: armydawg1
No kidding! When the unpacking is done, he can probably have a beer with the neighbours...


5 posted on 12/13/2005 4:25:41 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: naturalman1975

As a newly minted British citizen,perhaps this clown will choose to settle in the suburbs of Paris.


6 posted on 12/13/2005 4:32:39 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: naturalman1975

I think we should agree to turn him over as soon as the Queen agrees to accept him on the front steps of Westminster Abbey.

If they want this clown they should have him in a highly publicised event.


7 posted on 12/13/2005 4:43:52 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: naturalman1975

Well, I hope the Home Office doesn't give me any sh!t when I apply for permanent residency in the next few days. If they were to send my application back as 'denied' I would be awfully upset seeings how they gave this guy citizenship.


8 posted on 12/13/2005 4:48:29 AM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: naturalman1975

Dopey Poms. No future in embracing terrorists...


9 posted on 12/13/2005 5:35:48 AM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: naturalman1975

On what grounds was he granted a British passport? Are all Aussies eligible for UK citizenship?


10 posted on 12/13/2005 6:19:07 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

His mother is British. The child of a British mother apparently has an automatic right to register as a British national.


11 posted on 12/13/2005 9:04:30 AM PST by highball ("I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Aussie Dasher
re :Dopey Poms. No future in embracing terrorists...

His mother is British. The child of a British mother has an automatic right to register as a British national.

LOL Aussy boy drunk many of you lot under the table, so what does POM stand for Prisoner Of Her Majesty or Product of the Mother Country.

12 posted on 12/13/2005 9:37:02 AM PST by tonycavanagh
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To: CarrotAndStick; naturalman1975

<< His lawyers have said they will argue that as a Briton, Hicks should be freed, as has been the case with all other Guantanamo inmates who are British subjects. >>

Sorry but the lawyers are comparing apples to an orang, here.

Wannabe mass-murderer, 'Abdul Abulbul Amir' Hicks, has been charged already.

And none of the actual British subjects so far released had yet been.


13 posted on 12/13/2005 9:37:08 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant is it to believe our power-lusting career political lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: Aussie Dasher; naturalman1975

<< Dopey Poms. No future in embracing terrorists ... >>

Poms are the western world's most practised and accomplished appeasers of terrorists. Real close to being declared a hostile harborer of terrorists by the US Department of State.

Only their troops on the ground keep them off the 'harborer of terrorists' list - but they have a very much more limited relationship with US Intelligence than does even France. Let alone completely in-the-loop, Australia.


14 posted on 12/13/2005 9:43:34 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant is it to believe our power-lusting career political lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Heh heh heh...


15 posted on 12/13/2005 9:44:21 AM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: wideawake

Highball has pointed it out - Hick's mother was born in Britain. Anybody with a parent born in the United Kingdom has a right to British citizenship.


16 posted on 12/13/2005 12:49:03 PM PST by naturalman1975 (Sure, give peace a chance - but si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: tonycavanagh
LOL Aussy boy drunk many of you lot under the table, so what does POM stand for Prisoner Of Her Majesty or Product of the Mother Country.

Neither.

The actual origin of the word is unknown, but it seems to be to recent to have its origins in convict transportation. Myself, I think the notion that it's rhyming slang (short for "pomegranate", rhymes with "immigrant").

17 posted on 12/14/2005 9:15:33 AM PST by highball ("I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: highball
re :Myself, I think the notion that it's rhyming slang (short for "pomegranate", rhymes with "immigrant").

LOL I think thats a bit to much of a mouthful for a Brit like meself to think up never mind a Ozzy boy.

LOL joking

18 posted on 12/14/2005 9:19:20 AM PST by tonycavanagh
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To: Brian Allen
re :Poms are the western world's most practised and accomplished appeasers of terrorists. Real close to being declared a hostile harborer of terrorists by the US Department of State.

Kinhell allen boy any chance of a bit of a Brit bashing and you jump in with both feet.

LOL I get the feeling you just don't like us.

Would I be correct in assuming you have Irish in you, and least you are not a complete and utter raving nutter like fusion.

I have to admit know your posts lead to a snigger more than a dear sir angry type times response from myself

19 posted on 12/14/2005 9:22:29 AM PST by tonycavanagh
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To: naturalman1975
Highball has pointed it out - Hick's mother was born in Britain. Anybody with a parent born in the United Kingdom has a right to British citizenship.

Not to nitpick, but I don't think that's actually true. I believe his mother is herself British, which is not the same as "born in Britain."

The United Kingdom has a much more complicated citizenship structure than we do. There are citizens by descent, naturalization, registration and more. All different categories, and that citizenship can or cannot be passed on in to one's children based on the category.

"British citizen by birth" means born in Great Britain to at least one parent who is a British citizen or a resident. They don't have anchor babies the way we do.

I think this stems from the colonial heritage, with the Commonwealth and all. It gets pretty complicated pretty quickly, but what it means in this case is that, as the son of a mother who was a certain type of British citizen, Hicks had the legal right to apply for (and was granted) British citizenship himself.

20 posted on 12/14/2005 9:23:14 AM PST by highball ("I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: tonycavanagh
LOL I get the feeling you just don't like us.

Not to mention the fact that he's dead wrong. The United Kingdom is our most steadfast ally.

21 posted on 12/14/2005 9:25:15 AM PST by highball ("I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: highball
Thanks, we like to think so. Well some of us do.
22 posted on 12/14/2005 9:29:16 AM PST by tonycavanagh
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To: tonycavanagh

Where in the UK do you live?


23 posted on 12/14/2005 9:40:15 AM PST by highball ("I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: highball

The Midlands, Wolverhampton, London born and Bred, but moved here with the family for work


24 posted on 12/14/2005 9:45:16 AM PST by tonycavanagh
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To: tonycavanagh

So does that make you a Wolves fan, or do you still have a London team? ;-)


25 posted on 12/14/2005 10:23:39 AM PST by highball ("I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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