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Video offers glimpse of Gitmo

July 16, 2008

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— Burying his face in his hands, a 16-year-old captured in Afghanistan sobs and calls out "Oh Mommy!" in a hidden-camera video released Tuesday that provides the first look at interrogations inside the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Lawyers for Toronto-born Omar Khadr released the tapes in hopes of generating sympathy for the young prisoner and to try to persuade the Canadian government to seek custody before he is prosecuted for war crimes at the U.S. special tribunal in Guantanamo later this year.

The son of an alleged al-Qaida financier, Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. Special Forces soldier during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan that left another soldier blinded in one eye.

Khadr, who was 15 at the time, was found in the rubble of a bombed-out compound - badly wounded and near death.

The seven hours of grainy footage, recorded over four days of questioning by Canadian intelligence agents in 2003, shows Khadr breaking down in tears. At one point he pleads for help and displays chest and back wounds that he says had not healed six months after his capture.

"They look like they're healing well to me," the agent says of the injuries.

"No, I'm not. You're not here (at Guantanamo)," says Khadr.

The agent later accuses Khadr of using his injuries and emotional state to avoid the interrogation.

"No, you don't care about me," Khadr says.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, Khadr's U.S. military lawyer, said the video shows "a frightened boy" who should be permitted to return to Canada. He said Khadr was cooperative at the beginning of four days stretch of questioning because, "he believed that if he was cooperative and told them what he thought they wanted to hear that they would take him home."

On the final day, the agent tells Khadr that he was "very disappointed" in Khadr's behavior, and tries to impress upon him that he should cooperate.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Cmdr. J.D. Gordon, denied Khadr was mistreated: "Our policy is to treat detainees humanely and Khadr has been treated humanely," Gordon said.

The video was made by U.S. authorities and turned over to Khadr's defense team.

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Sigmund 5 years, 9 months ago

The soldier he killed was a medic and despite begging the second medic to "just kill me," he saved his life. Well at least they didn't put panties on his head.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

bonzo specializes in being offensive Screedy. The question is: DID he throw a grenade? Just because he's been accused doesn't mean he actually did it. I'm just saying:---by the way, this is about warfare, not somebody commits a crime at 6th and Indiana! at Gitmo, we have some detained on the battlefield, and some spies/saboteurs. shoot on the battlefield, yes, if in false uniform, that's legal. if an infiltrator, yes, that's always been legal too. this is only an issue because so many [liberals] have so little actual knowledge from history. will note, there are about a hundred guests at Gitmo, keeping us from closing it, because their countries of origin won't take them back. further, many released from gitmo turn out to be fighting again, chiefly in Afghanistan, so the liberal court policy pushing for release of these Gitmo guests is* endangering our troops. finally, there are many at Gitmo awaiting military commissions, as designated by president and congress. yes, if he was old enough to heave a grenade, he's old enough to be an example to his brethren.

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screedposter 5 years, 9 months ago

"I see our homegrown jihadis are all over this one."How offensive. Jihad is a personal struggle, not "holy war."

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

I see our homegrown jihadis are all over this one.

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screedposter 5 years, 9 months ago

Agreed. Try them on the battlefield, shoot them, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

right on Mike!The seven hours of grainy footage, recorded over four days of questioning by Canadian intelligence agents in 2003, shows Khadr breaking down in tears. Atone point he pleads for help and displays chest and back wounds that he says had not healed six months after his capture.---Good!also worth noting, is this punk's defense team leaking secret info by way of this video? are they actually helping al-qaeda? sounds like it. and, nothing in this article actually indicates that this young terrorist was actually mistreated! 'course, the left has so dramatically expanded the meaning of torture to include, for example, turning up The Red Hot Chilipeppers' music! yeah. until the supreme court's defective ruling, only five to four, illegal combatants were properly identified and treated according to the dictates of the Geneva Conventions! also, will note, John McCain agreed with the four supremes in that decession to give illegal combatants habeas corpus rights! used to be, spies and sabateurs could be summarily shot, going all the way back to John Andre*! we need that today.

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madameX 5 years, 9 months ago

The question is: DID he throw a grenade? Just because he's been accused doesn't mean he actually did it. I'm just saying...

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madmike 5 years, 9 months ago

If he was old enough to throw a grenade at us, then by God, his sorry ass can pay the consequences!

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