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Video stills of Omar Khadr

Detainee’s Lawyers Release First-Ever Guantanamo Video

July 15, 2008 06:01 PM
by Rachel Balik
Attorneys for Canadian-born Omar Khadr released the video of his interrogation at Guantanamo with intent to incite Canada to free him.

30-Second Summary

Omar Khadr, 21, a Canadian citizen whose family moved to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida, was captured at age 15 after a battle between alleged al-Qaida members and American soldiers in which he sustained severe injuries and allegedly threw a grenade. He was the youngest terrorism suspect imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

In the video, the boy, then 16, pulls on his hair, begs for medical treatment and cries, “you don’t care about me,” when soldiers deny him help.

His attorneys have released the video of his interrogation at the notorious prison—the first public video of Guantanamo prisoners—in the hopes that the Canadian government will refuse to comply with the United States as it tries Khadr on terrorism charges. Attorney, Dennis Edney, told the Toronto Star, “I hope Canadians will be outraged to see the callous and disgraceful treatment of a Canadian youth.”

Many Canadians are indeed outraged. One law student has drafted a petition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Amnesty International has demanded that Khadr be returned to Canada because his treatment “throughout his detention violates the USA’s obligations under international law.” But Harper says Canada has a precedent of refraining from intervention, and he will adhere to it.

Khadr was born in Canada but grew up on an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan, where he socialized with Osama bin Laden’s children. They were raised to believe that the greatest honor in life was to be a martyr for Islam, and trained as terrorists. Khadr’s brother, who now works for the CIA, explains that attending Afghani terrorist training camps “is, like, for kids here to go to a hockey camp.”

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