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  • Omar Khadr will appeal murder and terrorism convictions

    04/28/2013 5:41:16 AM PDT · by Dartman · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Apr. 27/13 | KRISTY KIRKUP ,PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU
    OTTAWA - Omar Khadr’s legal team will “absolutely” move to appeal his convictions of murder and terrorism within the month, his Canadian lawyer confirmed Saturday. Edmonton-based lawyer Dennis Edney said Khadr, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges including murder, spying and terrorism, will soon file an appeal to a U.S. civilian federal court that has already tossed out two Guantanamo military tribunal convictions. Khadr, 26, struck a plea deal in 2010 that led to him being sentenced to eight years in prison for five war crimes, including the murder of U.S. special forces medic Christopher Speer in a firefight...
  • SFC Speer's Killer Leaves Gitmo ( to Canada )

    09/29/2012 8:25:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 29, 2012 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    Omar Khadr has been sent from Guantanamo to Canada, after returning from the jihad in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Khadr is slated to stay in custody for the time being. It is difficult to think of a more mythologized figure in the post-9/11 war on terror. For the worldwide left, Khadr has become a symbol of all that is supposedly wrong with America’s fight against the al Qaeda terror network. He is now, in many minds, a victim. For one Canadian magazine, Omar Khadr is even a Christ-like figure. But let us briefly review the facts about Omar Khadr. Khadr killed...
  • Despite 40-year sentence, Khadr (Gitmo terrorist) likely to go home in a year (US deal)

    11/01/2010 9:35:26 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 22 replies
    McClatchy/Miami Herald ^ | Nov. 1, 2010 | Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A military jury on Sunday gave teen terrorist Omar Khadr a 40-year prison sentence for killing an American commando in Afghanistan, but the sentence was merely symbolic — the United States already had agreed to limit Khadr's prison time to eight years, and Canada last week said it would allow Khadr to serve the bulk of his sentence there. That agreement will allow Khadr to be released from prison by age 32, if not earlier under Canadian parole provisions. The Toronto-born Khadr also admitted that, in the days ahead of his capture, he planted...
  • Canadian child soldier Khadr gets eight-year term

    11/01/2010 9:15:27 AM PDT · by DFG · 1 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/01/10 | Virginie Montet
    US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY (AFP) – A US military tribunal has sentenced former child soldier Omar Khadr to 40 years in prison, but a plea deal means the Canadian citizen will serve up to eight years behind bars. A seven-member military panel deliberated for nearly nine hours over a two-day period before reaching their decision for Khadr, who pleaded guilty on Monday to throwing a grenade that killed a US sergeant in Afghanistan in 2002, when he was just 15. But the sentence was largely symbolic. The case's military judge, US Army Colonel Patrick Parrish said that under...
  • Gitmo former 'child soldier' sentenced to 8 years

    10/31/2010 4:28:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 31, 2010 | BEN FOX
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A former teenage al-Qaida fighter was sentenced Sunday to eight more years in custody under the terms of a plea agreement unsealed after a military sentencing jury said he should serve 40 years for war crimes. Omar Khadr looked straight ahead as a military judge imposed the eight-year sentence, ending a legal odyssey that began when the Canadian son of a major al-Qaida figure was captured - at age 15 - with severe wounds in Afghanistan in 2002 after a four-hour firefight.
  • Khadr Tells Soldier's Widow He's "really sorry for the pain I've caused"

    10/29/2010 5:07:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    Ottowa Citizen ^ | October 28, 2010
    U.S. NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO, Cuba — Omar Khadr told the widow of the American soldier he killed that he's "really sorry for the pain I've caused your family," insisting he no longer carried any anger or hate after eight years in prison. In an unexpected twist in his sentencing hearings, Khadr took the stand himself Thursday to apologize to Tabitha Speer, widow of U.S. special forces medic Christopher Speer. Khadr stood in the witness box and addressed Tabitha, seated just metres away in the gallery. "I'm really, really sorry for the pain I've caused your family," said Khadr. "I wish...
  • Psychologist critical of Muslim ‘inbreeding’ informed expert’s opinion on Khadr

    10/28/2010 11:46:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | Oct 27 2010 | Colin Perkel
    GUANTANAMO BAY-- A Danish psychologist who believes Muslims are raised to be aggressive and that inbreeding has damaged their genes informed a damning expert opinion of the risk Omar Khadr poses to public safety, court heard Wednesday. Under cross-examination by defence lawyers, Dr. Michael Welner said he talked to Nicolai Sennels before coming to the conclusion that the Canadian-born Khadr was “highly dangerous” — an opinion he gave Tuesday on the first day of Khadr’s sentencing hearing. “Massive inbreeding within the Muslim culture during the last 1,400 years may have done catastrophic damage to their gene pool.” Sennels, 34, attributed...
  • Coddled Khadr

    10/26/2010 6:28:53 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies
    The Calgary Sun ^ | October 26, 2010 | Ezra Levant
    It’s all true. Omar Khadr admits to being a murderer, a terrorist, a spy and an al-Qaida member. Monday, he confessed this to a U.S. war crimes court, also confessing he was motivated to kill Americans and Jews. Khadr murdered U.S. army medic Christopher Speer. Speer’s widow, Tabitha, sat in court Monday weeping, comforted by her sister. Her name almost never appears in the love letters to Khadr published in Canada as “news reports.” Khadr tried to kill Sgt. Layne Morris, too. He was blinded in one eye. Morris was also in court. I bet you haven’t heard his name...
  • Detainee Pleads Guilty at Military Commission Hearing [Omar Khadr]

    10/25/2010 1:45:12 PM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies
    DEFENSE.gov - No. 972-10 ^ | October 25, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 972-10 October 25, 2010 Detainee Pleads Guilty at Military Commission Hearing The Department of Defense announced that Omar Khadr pleaded guilty today in a military commission. In accordance with a pre-trial agreement, Khadr admitted, in open court, to committing murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, providing material support to terrorism, conspiracy, and spying. His sentence will be determined at a hearing that begins Oct. 26. Khadr admitted to throwing a grenade on July 27, 2002, that killed Sgt. 1st...
  • Omar Khadr pleads guilty

    10/25/2010 12:31:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 10/25/10 | Michelle Shephard
    Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - It took less than an hour inside a sombre military courtroom Monday for Canadian Omar Khadr to plead guilty to murdering an American soldier and end a war crimes case that has dragged on for eight years. The Toronto-born detainee told military judge Army Col. Patrick Parrish that he understood the charges, his confession, and the conditions of a plea agreement. In addition to pleading guilty to throwing a grenade when he was 15 that fatally wounded Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, Khadr is convicted of attempted murder, spying, conspiracy and providing material support to terrorism.
  • No evidence Khadr was tortured: Judge (GTMO prisoner Omar Khadr)

    08/21/2010 6:42:33 PM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies
    MIAMI - A U.S. military judge has ruled there is no credible evidence that a Canadian prisoner on trial in Guantanamo on murder and terrorism conspiracy charges was tortured into confessing after his capture in Afghanistan. In a written ruling released by the Pentagon Friday, Army Colonel Patrick Parrish gave his arguments for rejecting a motion by lawyers of Omar Khadr requesting that confessions made by Khadr to U.S. interrogators should not used as evidence in his trial on grounds they were obtained through torture. A military tribunal trying Khadr opened proceedings last week at the Guantanamo Bay naval base...
  • The truth about Omar Khadr

    07/16/2010 2:03:06 PM PDT · by Clive · 6 replies
    Ezra Levant ^ | 2010-07-13 | Ezra Levant
    Here's an op-ed that I wrote about Omar Khadr for the Sun newspapers. Instead of the junior high yearbook photo that most media use (it was provided to them by Khadr's mother -- seriously), here are a few photos I prefer for their accuracy and relevance: Needless to say, I've never seen these photos in the Canadian mainstream media. The first photo is Khadr sitting next to an AK-47 submachine gun (that is a fan in his hand). The other photo is Khadr assembling improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Both are screen grabs from the Sixty Minutes segment on Khadr, which...
  • 'Agent 11' details interrogation of Canadian captive at Guantanamo

    05/02/2010 5:41:34 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 485+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 2, 2010 | Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — An anonymous woman testified Friday that, as a young Navy interrogator, she treated Canadian captive Omar Khadr with Fig Newtons and M&Ms — and that he came to sessions happily and confessed to throwing a grenade at U.S. forces in Afghanistan. "He smiled a lot and was always willing to talk," said the woman whom court officers identified as "Agent 11." Khadr, then 15, was captured, critically wounded, in a July 2002 firefight between U.S. troops and al-Qaida suspects in Khost, Afghanistan, during which a U.S. soldier died from grenade shrapnel wounds. He became...
  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via WTOP.com News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
  • Canada seeks not to repatriate Guantanamo inmate

    11/13/2009 12:35:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 561+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/09 | Randall Palmer
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian courts grossly overreached when they ordered Ottawa to ask Washington to send a Canadian held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison back to Canada, a federal lawyer argued on Friday. The government wants the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn lower court decisions that it had to ask the Obama administration to repatriate Omar Khadr, accused of killing a U.S. soldier during a firefight in Afghanistan. The court heard oral arguments on Friday, and Khadr's legal team asked it to give a speedy ruling. The case coincided with an announcement from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder...
  • Maher Arar is a liar

    11/08/2009 8:22:25 AM PST · by Clive · 8 replies · 652+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 2009-11-02 | Ezra Levant
    I see that Maher Arar, the huckster who lied his way into $10.5 million of our tax dollars, has had less luck with the U.S. legal system than he had with ours. A U.S. appeals court threw out his nuisance claim against the U.S. government. Now, that's not quite fair of me, is it? I mean, it's not fair to Canada's legal system because, had Arar actually gone to trial here, his case would have been thrown out, too. Arar's testimony would have been torn to shreds; he would have wilted under cross-examination. He would have been proved the liar...
  • Ottawa in no hurry to bring back Khadr (GTMO prisoner Omar Khadr)

    08/15/2009 2:58:41 AM PDT · by Clive · 7 replies · 658+ views
    Sun Media ^ | 2009-08-15 | Peter Zimonjic
    OTTAWA — Despite losing a second court battle, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears unwilling to comply with a federal court order demanding his government seek the return of Omar Khadr to Canada. In a 2-1 ruling, the Federal Court of Appeal rejected Harper’s appeal to an earlier decision that demanded his government ask the U.S. to release Khadr from Guantanamo Bay. Describing the ruling as a “split decision” Harper hinted that he would be willing to take up the legal battle to avoid bringing Khadr home further. “The Department of Justice will be examining that decision and obviously I won’t...
  • The Khadrs, Canada's First Family of Terrorism, in the News

    04/03/2009 11:49:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 505+ views
    DANIEL PIPES.ORG - blog ^ | April 9, 2004;Updated Friday April 3, 2009 | Daniel Pipes
    The story began on March 20, 2009, when Ottawa police received a routine 911 call for a break-in at the house of Patrick J. Boyle, 51, a judge on Canada's tax court. The front door had been smashed, the house ransacked, and holes from .22-calibre bullets had smashed some windows. No one was home at the time of the break-in; the thieves apparently stole documents, a computer monitor, video games, and other personal items. Alarms went off, for the police were investigating the 2007 murder of a former colleague, Alban Garon, killed along with his wife and a neighbor. Then,...
  • Canada vows not to "interfere" in Khadr case (Gitmo detainee Omar Khadr)

    02/25/2009 6:23:37 AM PST · by Clive · 1 replies · 202+ views
    Canwest News Service via National Post ^ | 2009-02-24 | Sheldon Alberts and Steven Edwards
    WASHINGTON -- Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon on Tuesday provided assurances to the Obama administration Canada will not "interfere" in its review of terrorism charges against Canadian Omar Khadr, the last westerner remaining at Guantanamo. Meanwhile, a row has erupted between Mr. Khadr's military lawyer and the officer's boss -- resulting in the lawyer being barred from seeing the Canadian-born terror suspect as an inquiry unfolds. Mr. Cannon raised Mr. Khadr's case during a meeting in Washington with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seeking information about the U.S. decision to conduct a 120-day review of all Guantanamo detainees facing terrorism...
  • Khadr identified Arar as visitor: Witness

    01/19/2009 3:22:52 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 330+ views
    CANWEST NEWS SERVICE via CANADA.com ^ | Published: Monday, January 19, 2009 | Steven Edwards, Canwest News Service
    Steven Edwards, Canwest News Service U.S. NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Accused terrorist Omar Khadr identified Maher Arar as someone he recognized who appeared at an al-Qaida-run "safe" house in Afghanistan, an FBI agent testified at a Guantanamo Bay military commission Monday. Robert Fuller said Khadr made the identification when he interrogated the Canadian-born terror suspect at Bagram in Afghanistan in October 2002.
  • Pretrial hearings to begin for Guantanamo detainees (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed)

    01/19/2009 4:12:01 AM PST · by markomalley · 190+ views
    AFP ^ | 1/19/2009
    A full week of pretrial hearings is set to begin at the US naval base here Monday as incoming US president Barack Obama prepares to shut down the controversial "war on terror" detention camp. A mental competence hearing is scheduled for Ramzi bin al-Shibh, alleged co-conspirator of the September 11, 2001 attacks. All five men charged with plotting the attacks are expected to appear at the hearing. In December, the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants said they would submit guilty pleas to terror charges pending mental competency evaluations. Judge Stephen Henley said the defendants also wanted...
  • GUANTANAMO: Court refuses to intervene in young detainee case

    11/24/2008 2:29:46 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 517+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/24/8 | JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- A federal judge on Monday refused to block the military trial of a Canadian held at Guantanamo Bay and charged with killing a U.S. soldier while still a juvenile. Omar Khadr, of Toronto, was 15 when he allegedly killed Delta Force soldier Chris Speer of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a grenade during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002. The son of an al-Qaida figure, Khadr was seriously wounded in the battle and has been held with the adult population at Guantanamo Bay since being transferred there in 2002. Khadr argued in pleadings in U.S. District Court that...
  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service - 2003 Interviews with Omar Khadr - Media Coverage

    08/11/2008 2:57:44 PM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 67+ views
    Canadian Security Intelligence Service ^ | 2008-07-21 | (statement)
    Canadian Security Intelligence Service - 2003 Interviews with Omar Khadr - Media Coverage Ottawa, July 21st, 2008 Information relating to interviews of Omar Khadr by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service CSIS and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) were recently released to Mr. Khadr’s legal counsel, following rulings by the Supreme Court of Canada in May 2008, and by the Federal Court of Canada in June 2008. Following the public release of this information by Mr. Khadr’s lawyers, there has been much national and international media coverage pertaining to these interviews. Much of this coverage has focussed...
  • Threat Matrix: August 2008

    08/01/2008 12:17:04 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,066 replies · 8,561+ views
    Pentagon Makes Fighting Extremism Top Priority Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon on Thursday officially named "the long war" against global extremism as its top priority and pledged to avert any conventional military threat from China or Russia through dialogue. The Defense Department, in a new national defense strategy, also emphasized the need to subordinate military operations to "soft power" initiatives to undermine Islamist militancy by promoting economic, political and social development in vulnerable corners of the world. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the change would help establish permanent institutional support for counterinsurgency skills...
  • Khadr video didn't change minds: poll (Interview video of Gitmo prisoner Omar Khadr)

    07/23/2008 3:54:28 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 149+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-07-23 | James Cowan
    Nearly eight in 10 Canadians who saw Omar Khadr's interrogation video say it did not change their opinions of his case, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by Ipsos Reid for the National Post, suggests 52% of Canadians have viewed clips of the seven-hour video since it was made public last week. Among those who have seen the footage, 78% said it had not altered their views on Mr. Khadr while just 22% said it did have an effect. The tape shows Mr. Khadr being questioned at the U. S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by Canadian...
  • Humanizing al Qaeda, Demonizing the Bush Team

    07/22/2008 1:39:16 AM PDT · by ricks_place · 6 replies · 228+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 22, 2008 | WILLIAM MCGURN
    David Addington and Omar Khadr are two names that will forever be linked to the war on terror.Mr. Addington is chief of staff to Vice President Richard Cheney and a former colleague of mine. He's the son of a West Point man who earned a bronze star in World War II and went on to become a general. Before coming to the White House, David put in stints at the CIA, at a congressional intelligence committee, and at the Pentagon -- all giving him an expertise on intelligence and national security issues only a handful of others can match. Then...
  • PM ignoring Khadr because he's 'brown-skinned': Elmasry [Gitmo crybaby]

    07/21/2008 1:04:24 PM PDT · by Alouette · 9 replies · 92+ views
    CBC ^ | July 21, 2008
    The leader of one of Canada's largest Islamic groups accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday of being indifferent to Omar Khadr's plight because he's "brown-skinned" and a Muslim. In an opinion piece released to the media, Mohamed Elmasry, national president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, wrote that Harper is "callously" unconcerned about the 21-year-old Khadr, who faces trial before a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in October. "In this case, Mr. Harper is playing politics because of the backdrop of Islamophobia in this country," Elmasry said. "This is where a leader comes in, to say this is...
  • Editorial: Keep Khadr where he is (at Gitmo)

    07/17/2008 7:21:57 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 74+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-07-17 | (editorial page)
    What is to be done with Omar Khadr, the Canadian currently being held at the Americans' detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba? Notwithstanding his teary-eyed performances in strategically edited interrogation recordings released by his lawyers on Tuesday in Edmonton, Mr. Khadr is accused of serious crimes against soldiers of our closest ally, the United States. Should the government of Canada bring him home and try him here -- as the opposition Liberals are clamouring for -- or permit him to be tried this October by a U. S. military tribunal, as scheduled? There is evidence -- including eyewitness testimony-- that...
  • Threat Matrix: July 2008

    07/02/2008 7:02:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,101 replies · 9,633+ views
    Al-Qaeda Draws New Recruits Via Internet Al-Qaeda is using the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people to its terrorist network, according to a programme aired on Saudi Arabian TV late on Tuesday. Umm Osama, the founder of al-Qaeda's first women-only website, al-Khansa, joined several others on the programme to discuss how they renounced jihadist ideology. Among those who sought a response to this question was an imam from the Medina mosque, Saleh Ibn Awad al-Mudamsi, and the father of a young al-Qaeda suspect held in an Iraqi prison. Read More Qaeda Targets U.S. Oil Interests in North Africa U.S....
  • Khadr 'earned' Guantanamo stay, says soldier

    07/16/2008 4:47:14 AM PDT · by Clive · 15 replies · 177+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-07-15 | Stewart Bell
    A retired U.S. soldier who was ambushed by armed fighters holed up in the mud compound where Omar Khadr was captured said on Tuesday the Canadian deserves to be at Guantanamo Bay. Sergeant Layne Morris said he had not seen the dramatic interrogation video released by Mr. Khadr's lawyers, in which the young detainee cries for help, but he brushed off the footage as a public relations exercise. Sgt. Morris said the defence lawyers' strategy seemed to be to win sympathy for their client, and that he found it "troublesome" the public had to be constantly reminded of what Mr....
  • First video of Guantanamo interrogation released

    07/15/2008 11:37:39 PM PDT · by HarryCaul · 59 replies · 183+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/15/08 | Damien McElroy
    Omar Khadr, a Canadian detainee accused of killing an American soldier during a firefight in 2002, is seen both sobbing and angry in the seven and a half hours of poor quality video issued by his lawyers. Khadr, 21, describes mistreatment at the hands of American guards. But his main complaint, of damaged eyesight, dates from the shoot out with a US patrol in Afghanistan. In one segment he repeatedly cries: "Help me." Khadr, who played in Osama bin Laden's private compounds as a child, was 15 when he was arrested and 16 when the Canadian agents were granted access...
  • Video shows interrogation of teen at Guantanamo (accused of killing American Special Forces Sgt.)

    07/15/2008 1:39:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 49 replies · 70+ views
    cnn.com ^ | July 15, 2008
    (CNN) -- A 16-year-old Canadian prisoner weeps and buries his face in his hands in an interrogation video that provides the first public look at such an interview at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The video was released Tuesday by attorneys for Omar Khadr, now 21, whom Canadian intelligence agents questioned in 2003 and 2004 at Guantanamo. The video segment released Tuesday is from 2003. Khadr was 15 in 2002 when he was taken into U.S. custody in Afghanistan and accused of killing an American soldier. He was one of about eight juveniles at the prison, although...
  • 'You don't care about me,' Khadr sobs in interview tapes (Guantanamo video)

    07/15/2008 3:57:30 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 179+ views
    CBC.ca ^ | July 15, 2008
    Excerpt - A teenage Omar Khadr sobs uncontrollably as Canadian spy agents question him at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a brief video excerpt released via the internet early Tuesday morning. The 10-minute video posted just after 5 a.m. ET is of poor quality and the voices are often inaudible, as it was never intended to be viewed by the public. But it shows Khadr, 16 at the time, being interviewed by Canadian officials in late February 2003. ~ snip ~
  • Born unto hate

    07/14/2008 12:08:29 PM PDT · by USFRIENDINVICTORIA · 17 replies · 102+ views
    National Post ^ | Monday, July 14, 2008 | Not Named
    On the surface, a Winnipeg mother who risks losing her two children to the state because of her neo-Nazi beliefs might not seem to have much in common with Omar Khadr, the Canadian who has spent nearly six years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured on an Afghanistan battlefield. But both cases essentially are about the indoctrination of young people into despicable, fascistic ideologies, and the question of how our society treats them. Let us start with the Winnipeg family, whose identity remains undisclosed in the media. The mother drew a swastika on her seven-year-old daughter's arm be-fore sending her...
  • Khadr's shallow victory

    05/27/2008 6:50:31 PM PDT · by Clive · 4 replies · 65+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-05-27 | Ed Morgan
    Exotic as its Afghanistan-to-Guantanamo setting appears to be, the Supreme Court's recent ruling on Omar Khadr is remarkable for its lack of legal drama. In requiring the government of Canada to disclose materials it collected during its own interrogation of Khadr, the court may have handed the young Canadian a victory -- but it moved only inches from where the law previously was. What Khadr really wanted, and what the court declined to give him, was a ruling on the Bush administration's unique process for trying foreign combatants captured in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. While the tone of the judgment...
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,313 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...
  • Threat Matrix: April 2008

    04/01/2008 8:13:21 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,366 replies · 5,737+ views
    Afghanistan to Ask NATO for Bigger Army Afghan officials will go to the NATO summit in Romania Thursday with a request: pay to increase our national Army by 40 percent. A bigger Army, Afghan officials argue, will allow the US and other coalition members to scale back in the coming years. This appeal comes amid pleas from the US and Canada for other NATO members to commit more to the Afghanistan mission, which many analysts say has floundered over the past year for lack of resources and a coherent strategy. France is expected to contribute another 1,000 forces and...
  • Canada puts U.S. on torture watch list: CTV

    01/17/2008 12:23:53 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 768+ views
    CTV ^ | 1/16/08
    Omar Khadr's lawyers say they can't understand why Canada is not doing more to help their client in light of new evidence that Ottawa has put the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on a watch list for torture. Khadr -- a Canadian citizen who was just 15-years-old when he was captured in Afghanistan more than five years ago and taken to Guantanamo -- has claimed that he has been tortured at the prison. Now, CTV News has obtained documents that put Guantanamo Bay on a torture watch list. Khadr's U.S. military lawyer says the new documents contradict Harper's assurances...
  • Omar Khadr: The Youngest Terrorist?

    11/19/2007 2:50:50 PM PST · by STARWISE · 26 replies · 427+ views
    Omar Khadr seems an unlikely poster boy for the war on terror. Khadr is a Canadian citizen, he likes Harry Potter, and he was only 15 years old when he was captured by the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. And that's what makes his case so controversial: his age. As correspondent Bob Simon reports, Omar Khadr is the only person in modern history to be charged for war crimes he allegedly committed while a minor. 60 Minutes got a rare glimpse into a Guantanamo case -- one of the first that will be prosecuted. Consider this: is Omar Khadr a hardened...
  • Minor Tried As Terrorist

    11/19/2007 7:52:24 AM PST · by thegreatbeast · 21 replies · 197+ views
    CBS News via AIDP Blog via NRO ^ | Sunday November 18, 2007 | Bob Simon
    60 Minutes piece by Bob Simon. Fifteen year old Canadian "refugee" captured in Afghanistan waging jihad. His father has been killed, a brother paralyzed, fighting against Americans.
  • Last-Minute Evidence, Legal Debate Delay Case on Canadian Detainee

    11/08/2007 3:47:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 137+ views
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Nov. 8, 2007 – The case against a Canadian detainee accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan and supporting al Qaeda took another strange twist today when the judge delayed the proceedings to give the defense team time to review last-minute evidence likely to favor the defendant. Army Col. Peter Brownback arraigned Omar Ahmed Khadr here today on charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, supporting terrorism and spying. Khadr, who sat in the courtroom in a white detainee uniform with his hair tucked up under a black skull cap, waived the right to raise...
  • Guantanamo Detainee Loses Appeal

    09/25/2007 8:19:11 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 6 replies · 126+ views
    BBC ^ | Setember 25, 2007 | Staff
    A Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of links to al-Qaeda will face a military commission after an appeal court overturned a judge's ruling. A US military appeals court ruled that Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, is an "unlawful enemy combatant" and can be tried on terror charges. The ruling reverses an earlier one by a military judge, who dismissed the charges on a technicality in June. Mr Khadr was only 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan five years ago. Under a new system of military justice approved by the US Congress last year, detainees facing trial must be designated "unlawful...
  • Terrorism charges reinstated against Khadr

    09/24/2007 6:24:04 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 1 replies · 61+ views
    cbc.ca ^ | 9/24/2007 | cbc news
    A U.S. military appeals court on Monday overruled a military judge who threw out terrorism charges against a Canadian detainee at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. Court of Military Commission Review ruled that a military court set up by the George W. Bush administration was the proper venue to decide whether Omar Khadr is an "unlawful enemy combatant" and can be tried on charges of terrorism and murder. Monday's ruling reverses a June 4 decision by a U.S. military judge that dismissed all charges against Khadr for technical reasons. Under the Military Commissions Act, which was revised and passed by the...
  • Dion (Canada's Liberal Party leader) meets with Khadr lawyers, calls for action

    09/19/2007 5:21:25 PM PDT · by fanfan · 13 replies · 380+ views
    CTV.ca ^ | Sep. 19 2007 | News Staff
    After meeting with American military lawyers representing Omar Khadr, Liberal Leader Stephane Dion renewed his calls for the Conservative government to demand the Canadian's release and repatriation from Guantanamo Bay. The son of an alleged al Qaeda financier, Khadr was accused of killing U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Speer with a grenade during a firefight in Afghanistan on July 27, 2002. Khadr, who turns 21 today, was sent to the U.S. military prison in Cuba following his arrest in Afghanistan at the age of 15. He is the only Western prisoner left at Guantanamo Bay. Dion, widely criticized for failing to...
  • Canadians totally unsympathetic towards Omar Khadr

    08/18/2007 12:59:35 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies · 624+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | August 14, 2007 | Arthur Weinreb
    At this week’s annual meeting of the Canadian Bar Association, the CBA sent a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding that he enter into negotiations with the United States to have 20-year-old Canadian Omar Khadr released from Guantanamo Bay and returned to Canada. What really makes the writing of the letter newsworthy is the fact that except for a couple of lawyers and assorted members of Canada’s first family of terrorism, there has been no large outcry about Khadr’s repatriation to Canada. Canadians obviously are content to let the little jihadist rot in the American facility in...
  • Pentagon Appeals Dismissal of Charges of Guantanamo Detainee Accused of Killing U.S. Soldier

    07/06/2007 3:44:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 531+ views
    AP via FOX News.com ^ | July 6, 2007
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday it had appealed a decision by a military judge to dismiss the case of a Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of murdering an American soldier in Afghanistan.It is the first time that the appeals process has been used since it was created by Congress in late 2006 to handle cases involving Guantanamo detainees. Omar Ahmed Khadr, a Canadian citizen, is one of two detainees whose military trials fell apart because they were not identified as "unlawful" enemy combatants. The other is Yemeni detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden. Prosecutors filed...
  • Freedom denied [Keep Khadr in custody until we're sure he won't emulate his father]

    06/11/2007 4:46:37 AM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 202+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2007-06-11 | Peter Worthington
    Editorial opinions in the media last week, more or less endorsed the Sun Media's editorial view that if Omar Khadr can't be put on trial, he should be freed. "If the U.S. isn't capable of giving Khadr a timely trial ... it should free him ... justice delayed is justice denied," opined the Sun Media Point of View. Sounds reasonable, but is it? When the military judge, Col. Peter Brownback, refused to hear war crime charges against Khadr (accused of murdering a Marine medic and wounding another in Afghanistan in 2002), it was the right decision. PLAYED DEADKhadr was wounded...
  • Khadr should make us ashamed to be Canadian

    06/05/2007 10:41:04 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 10 replies · 472+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Tuesday, June 5, 2007 | Doug Aldridge
    Khadr should make us ashamed to be Canadian By Doug Aldridge, The Right Side Canada Free Fress Tuesday, June 5, 2007 That Omar Khadr and his family are Canadians, is an insult to decent Canadians from ALL segments of society. Decent Canadian citizens don't sneak away to join bands of foreign fanatics for the express purpose of killing people who are our friends and allies. Decent Canadians don't cheer on the foreign fanatics when they massacre other Canadians as they did on 9/11. Decent Canadians don't show up in court as cheerleaders, to support the treasonous, home-grown, would-be-terrorists, inspired...
  • Judges at Guantanamo throw out 2 cases

    06/04/2007 5:36:12 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 2 replies · 265+ views
    The New Hope Courier ^ | 04 June, 2007 | ANDREW O. SELSKY
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Military judges dismissed charges Monday against a Guantanamo detainee accused of chauffeuring Osama bin Laden and another who allegedly killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan , throwing up roadblocks to the Bush administration‘s attempt to try terror suspects in military courts. Hamdan is "not subject to this commission" under legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Bush last year, said Navy Capt. Keith Allred, Hamdan‘s military judge, Monday evening. Hamdan is accused of chauffeuring bin Laden and being the al-Qaida chief‘s bodyguard. The new Military Commissions Act, written to establish military trials after...
  • Stunning Gitmo Development -- Charges Thrown Out

    06/04/2007 12:14:16 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 41 replies · 1,374+ views
    The Corner (National Review) ^ | June 4 | Andy McCarthy
    The AP is reporting that a military court today threw out murder charges against Omar Khadr on the grounds that the military commission system as constituted may only try "alien unlawful enemy combatants" and Khadr was only previously found to be an "enemy combatant." According to the defense lawyer in the case, none of the detainees at Gitmo have been found to be "unlawful" enemy combatants. Briefly, an enemy combatant can be any enemy soldier. Such a combatant is unlawful if he has not comported with the laws of war — including belonging to a regular army, wearing a uniform,...