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Guantanamo Bay: Howard's Waterloo.

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Michael Organ MP

Greens Member for Cunningham

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The Howard government’s mealy-mouthed subservience to the United States has been exposed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s persistence, Cunningham MP Michael Organ said today.

“While our government washes its hands of Australians David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, Mr. Blair has apparently won agreement from US President George Bush that nine British nationals detained in Camp X-Ray at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay can be returned to the UK for trial”, Mr. Organ said this afternoon.

“The Greens have been pressing the government to exert pressure on the United States to return our illegally held citizens to their homeland for months now to no avail.”

“Today’s news that U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has told BBC television that Washington expected to resolve the issue ‘in the near future’ with the Blair government shows just how influential a relationship the ‘Man of Steel’, as George W Bush dubbed him, has with the US.”

“It must now be obvious to all Australians that ‘Man of Steel’ isn’t Texan for ‘fair dinkum’; what it really means is pompous, ineffectual windbag prepared to sell out his own citizens for a barbecue at a Texas ranch”, Mr. Organ said.

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