Thursday, July 8, 2010

Omar Khadr: Damages From Lawsuit?

Okay, I saw this story the other day and I have been looking for more information. Bear with me here, it's going to be a long rant. First off the story:

Omar Khadr seeks $10-million in damages from Ottawa
OTTAWA -- The Canadian government could be on the hook for a multimillion-dollar payout to Omar Khadr, after the Supreme Court of Canada appears to have strengthened his hand in a long-standing civil lawsuit by declaring his charter rights were violated.

The Guantanamo Bay detainee, in a damages suit launched six years ago, has recently bumped up his claim to $10-million from $100,000, court documents show.

The federal Justice Department acknowledges in separate court records that Khadr’s maltreatment by a Canadian official, who questioned him in Cuba while knowing he had been softened up through sleep deprivation, could play a role in the outcome of the lawsuit.

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Okay, let me get this straight. Omar Khadr had his charter rights violated by Canadians while he was incarcerated in an American detention area after being picked up in Afghanistan where he's accused of killing an American Special Forces medic. Got that? Good, because it only gets better and better. I don't know how much the rest of the world knows about this "child soldier", but what we hear in Canada is unreal. Here's a clip from CBC talking about the incident in question with video of the Canadian interrogation:

Alright following it? Here's where my ire and blood pressure reached a boil. Guess how long he spent in Canada? Ready? From what I can gather less then six years of his life. Yes he was born here, yes he visited here, Mr. Khadr spent the majority of his life in Afghanistan or in Pakistan with his father. What was his father doing in that area of the world? It's said that he worked with a few NGO's (non govermental agencies), but he was really working with Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and the Taliban. This was just before and after the Soviets packed up and left and there was a large power struggle in Afghanistan.

The article "The Good Son" paints Omar in a gentle light, almost. How can you white wash the way he was brought up and how he finally acted? There are hints here and there in the story about how he could possibly end up.

What I find infuriating about the whole Khadr clan is that when things got tough they ran back to Canada. Omar's father was injured by a land mine in Afghanistan. He comes back to Canada for medical treatment. Omar's father is eventually killed in Afghanistan, and his wife and children live here in Canada on welfare. I know that whole "sins of the father" shouldn't really apply here, but the more I hear about the family the more I believe that they are all cut from the same cloth. They aren't Canadians, they don't want to be Canadians, but they sure do enjoy our benefits without paying into it all their lives.

Omar himself is still incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, still awaiting trial. He has lawyers here in Canada fighting for HIS RIGHTS!!!!! I swear to all that's above that his family has proven time and time again their connections to terrorist organizations. Why the hell are we even considering his Charter Rights? Does he even know what they are? Or is it just another convenience that his father taught him to use when times got rough.

I hope the government ignores the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling in this matter. People screaming about rights being violated don't understand a damn thing. As well, Omar Khadr falls under the Geneva Conventions definition of an unlawful combatant. He's lucky that he's getting a military trial.

Some more information that I stumbled across before this post went up. Apparently Mr. Omar Khadr has fired his lawyers, again. This has to be one of the most convoluted cases going. Not because of the facts, just because of all the screaming and recriminations about how evidence was gathered. Two more things, sleep deprivation isn't torture. If it was there would be a hell of a lot of soldiers lining up for a class action suit.
Secondly this paragraph is a load of obfuscation:
Khadr is the son of the late Ahmed Said Khadr, who purportedly raised money for al-Qaida and was a close associate of terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden.

There has been a lot of documented sources that state that Ahmed Said Khadr did raise for Al Qaeda. One of the sources being Al Qaeda themselves. The following links give a bit more background on this whole sordid saga.


  1. What a poorly written article. The fact remains that none of the Khadr family members have ever been convicted of any crimes whatsoever, nor is there any direct evidence that they have ever committed any crimes.

    And even if there was any evidence, that doesn't change the fact that both the American and Canadian governments have violated the basic human rights that all children deserve, criminal or not. Not even mass murderers get the same third-degree punishment that Omar Khadr has been put through since childhood.

  2. Jagger: The way I see it is simple. I will stand by what I say and what has been done. The Khadrs are as far from Canadian as the sun is from the moon. We gave them every opportunity to be what they want. What they apparently want to be is supporters of terrorism.

    Just because there are no convictions, yet, doesn't mean they are innocent as the driven snow. Time will only tell when this venomous asp we have clutched to our breast will bite.

  3. Goes to show something wrong with our welfare system.Mother and sister should be made to work at tim hortons or walmart to earn their keep