VIDEO: Sam Morison, Omar’s U.S. Pentagon appointed lawyer (Department of Defence), explains that – within fact and law – Omar Khadr is illegally imprisoned for the five non existing war crimes. Morison leads the appeal against Omar’s Guantanamo military conviction.
video by Doug Brinkman
David J. Climenhaga in his article in Rabble.ca: “Is the continued imprisonment of Omar Khadr actually a question of principle for the Harper Government, or has it become such an embarrassment that our Conservative leaders in Ottawa have concluded he must be kept under wraps as long as possible for reasons of political expediency?”
He suggests the latter given: “The hatred and hysteria with which the supporters of this government attack the former child soldier, who is now 27 and resides in a federal penitentiary here in Edmonton after pleading guilty to a variety of war crimes charges before a “military commission” run by the U.S. armed forces.”
Read more here: Is Omar Khadr a pawn in a cynical political game by the Harper Government?
Helen Sadowski from the Free Omar Khadr Now committee points out: “There is no doubt that Omar Khadr has been the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, political interference at the highest levels, shoddy and poor reporting in the telling of his story and anti-Muslim sentiments. I agree with your premise of the role the Harper government is playing. The government sticks to its same speaking points over these years in order to demonize Khadr and to keep its base happy. Even spreading lies has been part of their strategy, accusing Khadr of killing a medic when even the US government never charged him with that. When Khadr had the chance to speak to a journalist, the PMO’s office quickly overruled the warden. The Harper government keeps Khadr silent, without a voice.
I also attended that session at King’s college and I learned that in the US it is illegal and not possible for a US citizen to be tried in a military court and so no American citizen would undergo the Guantanamo military tribunal process. The military tribunal process is an inferior process of justice and so a US citizen’s rights would be violated. The Harper government didn’t care about the citizenship rights of Omar Khadr and so offered him “on a platter” to a process that has been referred to as a “kangaroo court”. Many of us who work to support Omar’s release believe that if it can happen to Omar, it can happen to any Canadian citizen. Despite the ruling by the Supreme Court which stated that Omar’s rights had been violated and he should be brought home, the Harper government ignored its responsibility to uphold citizenship rights.
And finally, we owe an incredible debt to Dennis Edney, his pro bono lawyer who has been there for Omar these past 10 years and keeps working for justice for Omar and by extension, all Canadians.”