In the company of Cowards
In the company of Cowards by Michael Mori .
Post by Jenni.
A surprisingly readable book for teenagers – to be highly recommended for any students who might be considering the Law as a career.
Mori does tend to get bogged down in describing the legal obfuscations he had to challenge in the second half of the book, but this is pretty forgivable in the light of the detail with which he recounts the whole story.
You won’t learn much about the motivation or mindset of Hicks in this book, but hearing about him being reduced to tears when Mori was leaving, as his only human contact, being deprived of edible food and even a chair and a table and reading materials for his study, and losing the will to live from extreme deprivation for 5 years in detention makes your blood boil.
Mori is mocking of the Bush administration and their machinations to avoid admitting the errors involved in establishing the Military commission and reclassifying their prisoners to remove their human rights, and it is the hearing of the consequences for their careers of the corrupt and self interested people charged with administering the operations of the commission which give the reader the only source of satisfaction in reading this book. Unfortunately, equally as many of the corrupt participants were promoted onto other rigged boards to continue the rot.
But in the end, we are left with the simply told story of a man who believes he deserves no accolades, and yet who, without a second thought, sacrificed his career and family life to fight as an ant against a system designed to be stacked against justice, and embarrassed its perpetrators into retreat, finding and building his soul and his passion in the process.