March 26, 2015

Globe & Mail calls for Omar Khadr to be freed

Brian LilleyArchive

Canada's paper of record is calling for Omar Khadr to be set free on bail.

In an editorial that simply refers to Khadr and the Al Qaeda linked fighters he was aligned with when he was captured in in 2002 as "militants", The Globe and Mail says Khadr is a swell guy who likely didn't do the things he confessed to.

Mr. Khadr, now 28, has recanted his confession. He is appealing his convictions in the U.S. on the grounds that he was prosecuted retroactively for violating war-crimes laws that were created years after his capture. By all accounts, he is a model prisoner and well-adjusted, given what he’s been through. No one debates this.

Supporters of Khadr have long claimed he confessed to throwing the grenade that killed Sgt. Christopher Speer in order to ge a plea deal, but asked that question directly by journalist David Akin in June, 2012, Khadr's lawyer, Lt. Col. Jon Jackson said no, that is not the case.

"Under the military commission system you cannot plead guilty unless you accept responsibility, and that's what he did," Jackson said. 

See the full interview here.

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commented 2015-03-28 22:08:10 -0400
My mind hearkens back to when I was in Quebec in the 1970’s…someone stuck a petition in front of me calling for amnesty for Paul Rose. I said I did not see the signature of Pierre LaPort’s widow on the petition….the asshole sneered at me and said “Pierre LaPort was BOURGEOIS” .

Paul Rose was subsequently granted amnesty and a teaching position in Quebec’s post secondary system.

The word bourgeois has disappeared from leftist vocabulary and been replaced with others.
commented 2015-03-28 14:12:49 -0400
If they free him make his address, telephone number and place of employment and those of his close family members public.
commented 2015-03-27 03:13:32 -0400
And wasn’t this a way for the Americans to wash their hands of one less terrorist, since he was Canadian born. It put the onus back on Canada to pay for and deal with his incarceration. I was ticked at the time, didn’t want him back.
“This was a document crafted by the prosecuting Pentagon attorneys and which Mr. Khadr had to sign to avoid having his fate decided by a jury of US Military Officers – nothing more and nothing less.”
Well yes, but the fact that he had two choices boggles my mind. He got an easy way out, Canada was the soft choice/alternative for sure.
" The “facts” of this document were never tested in any court and to pretend that they were is either ignorant or disingenuous." Sounds like lawyer speak to me. Did he go to Afghanistan with killing on his mind or not? He was indoctrinated from birth, which makes his family complicit as far as I’m concerned. I for one do not consider Khadr a Canadian, He lost that right, in my opinion, when he went to Afghanistan to kill Americans.
commented 2015-03-27 00:26:37 -0400
Brian Lilley – you refer to an interview with Col. Jackson dated June of 2012. Mr. Khadr was still in Guantanamo at that time, waiting for the Canadian government to honour their promise (made as a key part of the plea deal) to repatriate him. Clearly neither Mr. Khadr or any of his legal representatives were in a position to do anything that might impune the sincerity of his plea while still in US custody. There was clear language in the documents associated with the plea that indicated that any such statements could void the 8 year sentence and the return to Canadian custody. Your use of this interview to somehow “prove” that his plea was actually sincere and not coerced is a circular argument.

Your colleague Mr. Levant has for years quoted the plea deal’s statement of facts with glee as if they somehow emanated from Mr. Khadr’s subconscious in a hypnotic state and therefore revealed the “truth” of his experiences.

You and I could intelligently debate (and agree to disagree) whether or not the Guantanamo Military Commissions are a legitimate venue for a Canadian to receive real justice (when no American citizen can be subjected to their lower standard of justice). But there can be no serious debate over the nature of the “statement of facts” in question. This was a document crafted by the prosecuting Pentagon attorneys and which Mr. Khadr had to sign to avoid having his fate decided by a jury of US Military Officers – nothing more and nothing less. The “facts” of this document were never tested in any court and to pretend that they were is either ignorant or disingenuous.
commented 2015-03-26 22:35:21 -0400
I wonder how many Canadians would be willing to contribute to a crowd fund to try Khadr for treason and escort his family out of the country? If it were even remotely possible I sure would. The Canadian government needs to protect us all, by rethinking who we let into the country in the first place. As a side note, that winning smile of his was paid for by you and me. I wish my teeth were in such good shape. Father is dead, so who feeds the mother and sister etc.?
commented 2015-03-26 17:30:28 -0400
The Globe and Mail made at least one statement that they know is untrue: “No one debates this.” EVERYONE debates this! We’re having the debate right now! The Globe and Mail is part of the debate, the Globe and Mail is involved in the debate, and, the Globe and Mail is heavily invested in the debate. So the statement is not just patently false, it’s self-contradictory and therefore logically incoherent.
commented 2015-03-26 16:54:43 -0400
In the world we live in it wouldn’t surprize me to see good old Omar replacing Peter Mansbridge on The National. Or perhaps on the editorial board of The Star. Ot if Trudeau gets elected , perhaps he could be appointed to some consular job, say Cuba. He is familiar with Cuba, well at least the weather.
commented 2015-03-26 15:17:56 -0400
Just release him long enough to charge him with treason, that should deal with this piece of filth once and for all!
commented 2015-03-26 15:04:21 -0400
It’s amazing how Orwell’s “1984” has come to pass — “Newspeak” is, in reality, Political Correctness, and how dare anyone actually speak Truth — that’s hatred against somebody, don’t you know? Never mind that all the “-phobia”s being tossed around nowadays are completely out of context (example: homophobia is literally defined as an unreasonable fear of man, not a hatred of gays…) And yet, this “Newspeak” as we’ve come to know it is exactly what the mainstream media blathers. If one stands up to the mainstream media and calls it exactly as it is (“The Emperor’s New Clothes”, perhaps?), there is no logical argument/discussion, but emotional outbursts and name-calling, like little children not getting their way and throwing a tantrum.

The facts are, in this case, that Kadr willingly joined his father in going back to Afghanistan from Canada, to fight on the side of the insurgents. “Child soldier” or not, he knew what he was doing; he was not duped. Therefore, the travesty of justice is not that he was held for so long without trial in Gitmo, or that his trial may have been a sham (I wouldn’t deny either of those), but that our court system seems to think “Oh, the poor boy…” He sided with the terrorists, AGAINST Canada, and now wants to be accepted back into society? Does he have any clue that the majority of Canadians don’t want him here? Our courts certainly aren’t paying attention…
commented 2015-03-26 14:02:05 -0400
main stream media has done everything to paint a picture of someone wrongfully convicted, the typical justification mind set that we live in today.
commented 2015-03-26 13:46:50 -0400
Dan Mancuso!! You bad boy, CBC- baiting like that. I still can’t stop laughing.

It should be an annual award night for the post most offensive to cbc.
commented 2015-03-26 13:35:32 -0400
Poor misunderstood terrorist. He just needs a hug and a chance to tell his twisted version of events on the Communist Broadcasting Company.
commented 2015-03-26 13:18:08 -0400
I posted this comment – which got me a CONTENT DISABLED reward – on CBC’s story “Omar Khadr seeks bail while appealing U.S. war crime conviction”.:
“I really don’t know which represents more of a threat to Canada, the self-avowed, murdering, Islamic terrorist Khadr and his Islamic terrorist family or the low information voter/useful idiot/pro-terrorist – anti-Israel, lefty, progressive, collectivist dupes, who seem to have over-run our country with their screeching and strident anti-Canadian ideology – there’s a whole whack of them in this comments section.
Short of having this unrepentant, POS Islamic terrorist executed by the state – a public hanging seems appropriate – this Islamic terrorist and his family should be removed from this country they so obviously hate as soon as his sentence is up.”
Lyle Rossiter MD and Ann Coulter show us how lefty/liberals have a mental disorder, proof of that mental disorder is all the Khadr-fawners and their delusional support for this murdering, blood-thirsty Islamic terrorist!
commented 2015-03-26 12:43:53 -0400
Freeing Khadr before he is due to be released would jeopardize all future prisoner relocations of Canadians to Canada. On that fact alone he should NOT be given bail. Like sex tourism, once he has finished his Foreign Sentence he should be tried in Canada for Treason and or Terrorism related crimes and his entire family should also be tried for the same offenses since they condoned and counseled others to commit acts of treason and terrorism. Send his whole family to where ever they consider their real home is, since they have stated that they despise Western Values.
commented 2015-03-26 11:54:01 -0400
Great, just what we need—-another terrorist on the loose in Canada. Are progressives mindless or should they be charged with aiding an abetting terrorism? I think the answer is obvious.
commented 2015-03-26 11:20:53 -0400
I think whoever is writing this stuff for the Globe and Mail should be arrested for sympathizing and aiding a known terrorist.The freedom of the press goes too far if they would purposefully free a terrorist and put Canadian lives at risk.
commented 2015-03-26 11:15:32 -0400
Joan Abernethy, I always enjoy your posts. Educational material included in most of them. Maybe Ezra should give you a commentary on here.

As far as terrorists go, public execution along with their sympathizers would help curb their spread and vastly reduce the cost to we the taxpayer. No shortage of VOLUNTEERS to hang, shoot, or guillotine these threats to our society.
commented 2015-03-26 10:34:18 -0400
The place where he was taken into custody was under the martial law of the occupying force which was there on the UN’s lawful errand. Mr Khadr was over the age of 15 which is past the benchmark of child soldier. Many Canadian citizens have suffered penalties including being beaten with bamboo rods and execution when they were arrested outside of Canadian jurisdiction.

As for treason I would cite the case of Keneo Inoue a Canadian born Japanese serving in the Kempeitai (the Japanese equivalent of the GESTAPO) He took personal pleasure in torturing and killing Canadian POWs who were captured at Hong Kong. He was charged with war crimes….his lawyer said he could not be charged with war crimes because he was a Canadian citizen. So they said fine…charged him with treason and hanged him.

People have used the personal pronoun “his” when referring to the village in Afghanistan where he was detained. Mr Khadr has a choice….own the responsibility of war crime (using deadly force under false flag of surrender) or admit to treason (using deadly force against forces allied to Canada and co-beligerant to a Canadian mission lawfully sanctioned by the UN.

In either case when Mr Khadr should be returned to “his” village in Afghanistan as he has forfeited any moral claim to being a Canadian.

I have processed the files of too many maimed and killed soldiers to sympathize with or trivialize what Omar Khadr has done and patriotism for the Taliban does not mitigate it.

If he used deadly force under false flag of surrender with British troops he would have been summarily shot.
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commented 2015-03-26 10:17:12 -0400
The cultural Marxist mouth-piece, Globe & Mail, said that. I am shocked! :-)
commented 2015-03-26 09:53:21 -0400
Peter, not just at mosques but at Liberal conventions. Maybe he’ll run for office, start a shariah party. Remember Maher Arar who has $10 million of our Canadian taxes for the “torture” he alleged? I read the 3 volume RCMP report of that and Arar denied any torture until lawyers got hold of him. After the Canadian ambassador took him out of the Syrian prison, he laughed and said the worst treatment he’d endured was “being forced to wear ugly shoes”. Instead of wanting to go straight to the airport to get out of Syria, he insisted on being driven to a shoe store so he could buy a pair of Rockport shoes. Despite all that, the court found – get this – that Arar’s concern, upon being interviewed in a room with a coil of electric cord on the floor, that he might be tortured with it constituted electrical torture.

Boo hoo, he was tortured by his own paranoia. Awww. That’s worth $10 million, right?

Arar teaches Canadian youth at Ottawa U. You know, where Zehaf-Bibeau studied.
commented 2015-03-26 09:51:55 -0400
Not sure what it is about the alliance between the left in Canada and terrorists. They seem to have some kind of mutual effort/gain / love-in going on. Same socialist to terrorist connection in the US too.
commented 2015-03-26 09:26:02 -0400
Well, Marjorie, after he sues the government and gets millions in settlement, he will probably go on a speaking tour at the mosques in Canada.
commented 2015-03-26 09:13:21 -0400
I’m really curious about the outcome. Will he pursue a vocation, become a welder, a physician, a lawyer?
commented 2015-03-26 09:07:23 -0400
Just a walking time bomb ready to go off.