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Omar Khadr: From One Guantanamo Bay to another Guantanamo Bay?

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omarkhadrAFTER spending a third of his life in Guantanamo Bay, Canadian Omar Khadr, arrested when he was child and scores of other “terrorist suspects” will be shipped to a prison in Illinois.

The White House announced recently  that it will transfer as many as 100 of the 210 “terrorist suspects” held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba to the Thomson Correctional Center on

the banks of the Mississippi River in western Illinois.

The inside US Guantanamo Bays are worst than real Guantanamo bay. Syed Fahad Hashmi’s trial by keeping him in a New York prison is the worst example. Check  www.FreeFahad.com

Military commissions – the special tribunals created for terrorist trials with fewer legal protections than civilian courts – will be held inside the prison, a senior Obama administration official said.

Mr. Khadr, charged with murder and terrorism-related crimes, is one of only a handful of Guantanamo prisoners to be charged under the controversial military-commissions procedure, which has been repeatedly redrafted in the wake of Supreme Court rulings that the commissions fail to meet constitutional standards.

Barely a day after he moved into the White House, Mr. Obama pledged to close Guantanamo – the offshore prison that did much to sully America’s reputation during the George W. Bush era – within a year. He will miss that deadline.

“The decision the President made was to close Guantanamo Bay, and we would not keep open a section of that facility in order to conduct military commissions,” Robert Gibbs, Mr. Obama’s spokesman, said Tuesday. “There is a facility at Thomson that could be used for military commissions.”

Omar khadr-Facing Trial

Omar khadr-Facing Trial

The fate of Mr. Khadr, who was only 15 when he was severely wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002, remains uncertain. The Canadian is the sole remaining citizen of a Western country left in Guantanamo after other U.S. allies, notably Australia and Britain, demanded the repatriation of their nationals.

In Canada, the Harper government is fighting a Federal Court ruling ordering it to work to bring

Even after Federal Court Justice James O’Reilly on April 23 ordered the Harper government to repatriate Khadr, the government remains aloof: a clear signal that when it comes to foreign policy, it prefers to reject the fundamental principles of justice

demanded by one of the highest courts in the country.

No one is asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to set Khadr free; just allow him to exercise his rights as a Canadian citizen.

Khadr remains the only Western prisoner in Guantánamo Bay.

Even after Federal Court Justice James O’Reilly on April 23 ordered the Harper government to repatriate Khadr, the government remains aloof: a clear signal that when it comes to foreign policy, it prefers to reject the fundamental principles of justice demanded by one of the highest courts in the country.

No one is asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to set Khadr free; just allow him to exercise his rights as a Canadian citizen. Liberals role in this issue is a hypocritical.

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