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  •  Major Michael Mori (3+ / 0-)

    He didn't lose his job as a Marine lawyer, but to be honest, I don't know what became of him. But he didn't get the recognition he deserved in his home country for defending the Australian terrorism suspect, David Hicks.

    Mori, appointed to defend Hicks, spoke out endlessly against the injustices of Gitmo and the military commissions set up to try its inmates at what I imagine was great risk to his career

    He won so many admirers in Australia with his honesty and bravery.

    Just today a high ranking judge in Australia is quoted paying tribute to Major Mori:

    ... He also highlighted the role of American military lawyer Major Michael Mori who defended Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee and then terrorism suspect David Hicks.

    "Here was the classic example of a man who was part of the military establishment in a real and practical sense but, as a lawyer, saw an injustice he simply could not ignore," Justice Lasry said.

    "Mori turned the Australian attitude almost on his own ... he made people understand the injustice and the breach of basic human rights that was the regime in Guantanamo."

    Defence lawyers unsung heroes

    It's always been something I wished Americans were more aware of. This man is such an icon of justice in Australia and I'm sure he wasn't rewarded for showing up the Bush administration in the course of doing his job.

    Major Michael Mori Wikipedia profile

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