Canadian Omar Khadr will not be returning to jail in the near term, as the new Liberal government dropped efforts by the previous Conservative administration to put him in jail for the duration of his appeal of a US terror conviction, on the grounds it would “harm relations” with the US to allow him to remain free.
Captured by the US at age 15, Khadr was the youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay, and held there for over a decade as a child soldier guilty of terrorism, on claims he threw a grenade during a firefight. He was returned to Canada in 2012.
After being held for eight years without charges, Khadr finally agreed to a “plea deal” in which he confessed to war crimes in return for being transferred to Canada. The US gave him 40 years in prison, the rest of which he was meant to serve in Canada.
Yet it was always assumed that once he got to Canada he’d be freed pretty quick, as a child soldier who was subject to abuse in US military custody for years. He was, and is now trying to appeal the US conviction in actual US courts.
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There is no explanation that can justify the sadistic cruelty that president Obama had inflicted on this sad child victim. No words can ever express the depravity of America’s treatment of this child victim Omar Kadr or the obscene indifference our first black president displayed in his own personal responsibility
They are all the same the worst was Nixon/FdR/Teddy.
I think there is a special place in hell and history for those who use torture and the hostile apparatus of state to single out and torment children. It goes against every instinct, every decency, that society at least pretends to represent.. Can there be any worse action and behavior that leaders and a state can perpetuate…?????
The empire doesn’t care about decency. It never has. It cares about power. They jail and torture children specifically because it shows the rest of us what they are willing to do. It also drives the point home that there is nothing people of conscience can do about it. It is also a warning. You better cheerlead our crimes or look what will happen to your children.
The same was done to the German submariners in 1945 documents were approved for repatriation and after being tortured as Kadar was in the end they were hanged at midnight in an abandoned building elevator shaft *nothing new*
The A**S licking Harper government could not bear to upset the US he was forced then to take him back.
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