Friday, January 12, 2018

A Jihadist Among Us

"No court anywhere, either in Canada or the U.S., has found the [agreed statement] specifically was involuntary or the product of coercion."
"A sworn confession is not lightly ignored, particularly when [Khadr] benefited significantly from it in terms of a plea agreement resulting in a reduced sentence and the eligibility to be commuted back to Canada."
Lawyers for Sgt.Chris Speer's widow, Tabitha Speer and former U.S. special forces soldier Layne Morris
Omar Khadr, the second youngest son of the infamous Khadr family, intimates and admirers of Osama bin Laden, proud members and financiers of al-Qaeda, who had been sent by his father to jihadist training camps in Afghanistan where he became proficient in the use of firearms and the production of improvised explosive devices, saw fit to sue the Government of Canada on claims of human rights violations.

Omar Khadr    Jason Franson/Canadian Press
Khadr may have violated the human rights of two American soldiers -- one a medic whom grenades he tossed during a melee between U.S. forces and the Taliban killed outright, the other blinded -- but it was his human rights as he saw it, as a trained and capable 15-year-old jihadi and a Canadian citizen resident in Afghanistan with his family, that he championed, understandably. And he intended to milk the Canadian taxpayer for as much as he could extract; $20-million seemed favourable, to him.

Rather than opposing that demand, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to gift Canadians with a bargain of $10.5-million in compensation for suffering that Omar Khadr experienced in Guantanamo Bay prison, alongside other Islamofascist jihadis. While Khadr was suing the federal government, Tabitha Speer and Layne Morris won a civil judgement against Khadr of $134-million in Utah in June of 2015.

Their lawyers are calling on the Court of Queen's Bench in Alberta to enforce the U.S. judgement compensating their clients for the death of Chris Speer and the injuries of Layne Morris caused by the insurgent assault when Khadr exited the Taliban compound to take part in the attack against American troops. Khadr had admitted having thrown the grenades killing Speer and injuring Morris. An admission he later recanted. He also stated that he was unable to recall what had occurred during the assault in Afghanistan.

He was himself seriously wounded, and he owes his life to the medical attention given him by American military surgeons. Khadr's argument throughout is that he was a child soldier whose rights were violated by his American captors and by Canadian officials who had travelled to Guantanamo to interview him. When the federal government apologized to Khadr and presented him with $10.5 million in settlement of the civil claim he might have thought the issue was put to rest.

He may now be disabused of that notion.

Tabitha Speer at Omar Khadr trial
Tabitha Speer, widow of U.S. Sgt. Christopher Speer, testifies about the impact of his death on 
their family at the trial of Omar Khadr      Janet Hamlin

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