An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

January 31, 2007

Detainee Running for Office

Filed under: Muslims, Politics & Elections — olbroad @ 9:39

Habib to run for parliament

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib is to stand in next month’s NSW election for the seat of Auburn.

Mr Habib will run as an independent, supported by the Auburn Human Rights Group (AHRG).

In a statement issued today, Mr Habib said he would be campaigning for “the right of freedom of expression and in opposition to the anti-terrorist laws, state and federal”.

Since he was released, I’m going to take a stab and say he was cleared? Although, I’m curious why a Muslim would be against anti terrorist laws. Wouldn’t it be in his best interest to be cleared in the long run? I honestly don’t know how it works.

AHRG member and campaign manager Raul Bassi said the group would support Mr Habib because the traditional parties were offering nothing new.

“All they have to offer is more privatisation, less money for people’s needs and lots of empty promises with hidden agendas,” Mr Bassi said.

Now I’ll agree that politicians, no matter what country, are full of empty promises, but where on earth do these people get the idea that privatization is a bad thing? Why do they believe that public money is for personal “needs”?

He alleges he was tortured in Islamabad and again in Egypt before being transferred to Cuba.

See? We aren’t the ones who do the torturing.

Labor and the Liberals have both ruled out doing preference deals with Mr Habib in Auburn.

I guess they mean they aren’t going to endorse the guy?

NSW Liberal director Graham Jaeschke said his party had no intention of preferencing Mr Habib or any candidates backed by controversial Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali.

In case ya don’t remember, that’s the “meat” guy.  I would be surprised if he actually won the election.


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