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Gitmo Terrorist/Murderer Gets Eight Years

From a quietly triumphant Associated Press:

Canadian at Gitmo pleads guilty to all charges

By Ben Fox, Associated Press Mon Oct 25, 2010

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – Eight years after he was taken to Guantanamo as a teenage prisoner, a Canadian pleaded guilty Monday to killing a U.S. Army sergeant during a battle in Afghanistan, in a deal that will send him home in a year to serve his sentence.

Defenders say Omar Khadr, who was 15 at the time of his capture, was a "child soldier" pushed into becoming an al-Qaida fighter by his father, an associate of Osama bin Laden.

The plea deal ends a widely criticized trial that made the United States the first Western nation since World War II to prosecute a child offender for alleged war crimes. The exact terms were not immediately disclosed, but Khadr’s sentence was reportedly capped at eight years, in addition to time already spent at the Guantanamo detention camp.

Eight years for first degree murder. What a deal. Luckily, nobody charged him with a ‘hate crime.’

The now 24-year-old prisoner, who was seriously wounded when he was seized in a gunbattle in 2002, admitted to throwing a grenade that killed a special forces medic during a fierce raid on an al-Qaida compound. He also pleaded guilty to building and planting roadside bombs and receiving weapons training from al-Qaida.

Such acts, of course, are not really such terrible crimes as long as they are directed against US soldiers.

He is the last Western detainee at Guantanamo.

The Toronto-born Khadr’s trial had been scheduled to start Monday and he faced a possible life sentence.

Mr. Khadr is not a "Western" anything. He was born in Toronto to the Pakistani Ahmed Said Khadr, who reportedly was a senior financer of Al Qaeda, and who appears to have laundered money via his Canadian front NGO.

His concerned Pakistani mother insisted that young Khadr be raised and schooled in Pakistan, to escape Canada’s pernicious influence.

The chief military prosecutor, Navy Capt. John F. Murphy, said the government welcomed the deal, which was initiated by the defense, because it removes any doubt about Khadr’s guilt

And, after all, that’s the really important thing – to remove doubt. Not to punish this poor young man for a youthful indiscretion.

Khadr did not explain why he changed his plea, though Dennis Edney, one of his Canadian attorneys, said it was a "very, very difficult" decision made only because Canada agreed to repatriate him after a year

Oh, how wonderful. Mr. Khadr will be able to return to his beloved Canada and resume the family tradition of jihad.

It was the fifth conviction at the Guantanamo military tribunals, including three in plea bargains

What a wonderful record. We sure are showing the world how well our system of justice works. 

(And who can doubt that Guantanamo is a recruiting tool for terrorists, when they see murderers getting off with wrist slaps like  this?)

Critics were unmoved by the plea deal.

"That troubling reality that so many human rights concerns remain untouched and unresolved hangs over all this like a dark shadow," said Alex Neve [sic], secretary general of the Canadian chapter of Amnesty International

Really, what a violation of "human rights." After all, all this young imp did was kill a man with a hand grenade. And for that he has to go back to Canada for eight years? 

Maybe Amnesty International can get him released to Bermuda for good behavior.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Gitmo Terrorist/Murderer Gets Eight Years”

  1. Mae says:

    Jihadis should be shot in place on the battlefield.

  2. merkelerk says:

    I would really prefer he not come back and live in my back yard.

    Perhaps during his upcoming one year stay in the U.S. he could have a day pass or two and be treated to some sight seeing in Arizona or another similar state.

  3. canary says:

    Soon to be released back to his home, Gitmo prisoner said to be radical jihadist, dangerous & full of rage.

    AP: Canadian Gitmo prisoner said to be ‘full of rage’
    By Ben Fox Oct 26 2010

    Omar Khadr was an extremist when he was taken to Guantanamo, where he was “marinated in radical jihadism” over eight years in custody and became a leader among prisoners, said Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist…..

    “He’s highly dangerous,” Welner told jurors. “….”

    Khadr, who was 15 when captured by the U.S. after a fierce firefight in Afghanistan in 2002, pleaded guilty Monday to five war crimes charges as part of a plea deal that spared him from a possible life sentence and calls for sending him back to his homeland after one more year in Guantanamo.

    His conclusion: Khadr has shown no interest in changing his radical views on Islam and has no real remorse for throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier and partially blinded another…psychiatrist praised Khadr’s intelligence, noting he had mastered several languages….”

    But he faulted the prisoner for not doing more to improve his limited education while at Guantanamo by reading more than “Harry Potter” books.


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