Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Cost Of Justice For Omar Khadr

Omar Khadr, the young man in Guantanamo Bay, imprisoned since he was a boy at the age of 15 for allegedly killing an American soldier in Afghanistan, has been denied justice for seven years. Over that span he has been deprived of sleep and isolated in the most notorious prison in the world. With a military tribunal approaching, the lawyers who have been working feverishly and for free on behalf of Omar Khadr are exhausted but remained determined. These lawyers, Dennis Edney and Nathan Whitling are determined to fight for what the Canadian government and our politicians haven't, justice.

In correspondence with Dennis Edney I was told that working pro bono, working numerous hours on this case for free was but one facet of his and Mr.Whitling's commitment. Just visiting their client amounts to costs in the thousands. From Edmonton, where Mr. Edney and Mr. Whitling are based, they must fly to Washington D.C., where they then must pay for and take a military flight to Guatanamo Bay. Once there they are left no other option but to seek accommodation on base which for two nights is in the range of $300 dollars. Each trip, with air fare, averages more then $4,000 for each of them.

With such a cost imposed on two men who are already committing most of their time for nothing more then the pursuit of justice, the strain cannot be ignored. Justice should not have such a heavy toll.

2 comments:

Johnathon said...

"the most notorious prison in the world"

Are you serious?

What about San Quentin, or the prisons in the middle east and China.

If you knew anything about reality, you would know that the terrorists in Guantanamo get treated better than any criminals in any USA jail. Or Canada for that matter.

It's time to grow up, and get ready for American justice when it conmes to that little terrorist named Omar Khadr.

Omar Khadr better get at least 40 years so I would have to wait at least that long to see the heroes welcome he would recieve by people like yourself.

American Muslim, not Muslim-American said...

Hypocrisy of the "Repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada" Movement

As soon as the Gitmo interrogation tape of Omar Khadr hit the Internet, the blogosphere was flooded with demands to repatriate him to Canada. This wave is reminiscent of a Soviet campaign to free Luis Corvalán from the "fascist regime" of Augusto Pinochet thirty five years ago. The scenario is strikingly similar. A "victim" held by "fascist regimes" this time run by Bush and Harper, and a public outcry for justice. Except for the fact that Luis Corvalán didn't kill anyone and didn't fight for a terrorist group that wants to impose Sharia.

The "repatriate Khadr" crowd describes him as "a child", "a kid", "a boy", and even "a torture victim", with no facts to substantiate the torture claims notwithstanding. They complain about Khadr being mistreated, again, without anything to back up their claims. Some of them are outraged about "child abuse." And they all scream for justice.

They want justice? OK, let's talk about JUSTICE. What about justice for Sgt. First Class Christopher J. Speer, who was (according to an eyewitness) murdered by this "child"? What about justice for Tabitha Speer, who is a widow because of this "kid"? What about justice for Taryn and Tanner Speer, who are left without a father by this "a boy"? And what about all those Afghani civilians and NATO troops who are a little bit safer because this "torture victim" is behind bars? How many of these "repatriate Khadr" hypocrites concern themselves with justice for real victims? In literally hundreds of posts, we couldn't find a single one.

One would ask, what is the reason for this idiocy? The answer is simple. Ignorance. Complete and utter ignorance. Let's forget for a second that Omar Khadr killed Christopher Speer. Let's forget that Khadr's father was an al Qaeda financier. Let's forget that Khadr's family is known for it being al Qaeda sympathizers. Let's just remember what this "child" was fighting for in Afghanistan.

This is what Taliban-imposed Sharia looks like in real life: http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2000/07/hypocrisy-of-repatriate-omar-khadr-to.html

Why don't all of you, bleeding heart demagogues go to Afghanistan and spend a day in a Taliban-controlled territory? And let's talk about Khadr when you get back. If you get back.