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Laffer: Secret Video Shows Gitmo ‘Torture’

From those champions of terrorists every, BBC News:

First Guantanamo video released

A video of a 16-year-old detainee being questioned at the US’s Guantanamo Bay prison camp is made public for the first time.

The video was filmed secretly through an air duct.

It shows 16-year-old Omar Khadr being asked by Canadian officials in 2003 about events leading up to his capture by US forces, Canadian media have said.

The Canadian citizen is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.

He is seen in a distressed state and complaining that he has been tortured.

The footage was made public by Mr Khadr’s lawyers following a Supreme Court ruling in May that the Canadian authorities had to hand over key evidence against him to allow a full defence of the charges he is facing.

During the 10-minute video – filmed secretly through a ventilation shaft – Mr Khadr can be seen crying, his face buried in his hands, and pulling at his hair. He can be heard repeatedly chanting: "Help me."

At one point he tells the foreign ministry official and agents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) that he was tortured while being held at the US military detention centre at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

He raises his orange shirt to show wounds and tells them: "You don’t care about me."

Later, one of the officials tells Mr Khadr: "You know I’m not a doctor, but I think you’re getting good medical care."

Mr Khadr was 15 when he was captured by US forces during a gun battle at a suspected al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan.

One of Mr Khadr’s lawyers, Dennis Edney, said they hoped the video would cause an outcry in Canada and pressure Prime Minister Stephen Harper to demand the US not prosecute their client.

"I hope Canadians will be outraged to see the callous and disgraceful treatment of a Canadian youth," Mr Edney told the Toronto Star.

"Canadians should demand to know why they’ve been lied to." …

Mr Khadr, now 21, faces multiple terrorism-related charges, the most serious of which is murder. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Oh yeah. That is definitely torture.

It is right up there with giving Saddam’s henchmen inferior brands of cigarettes.

Still, if the young man actually cried, he should be let go. Who cares if he murdered an American soldier with a hand grenade?

Who are we to judge?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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