Well I just hope David Hicks reads John Bell’s (Letters, 22/11) enlightened take on his life. Then perhaps Hicks will finally stop blathering and bless the extraordinary benevolence by which he was clapped in irons at Guantanamo, denied the basics of dignity and justice, slowly psychologically destroyed, and abandoned by his country for five years. I’m sure that if Hicks ever recovers, he’ll thank his lucky stars for the character-building experience that made him a household name and perhaps a paperback millionaire. Thanks for setting the record straight, John. I hadn’t realised how dull freedom could be.