First Guantanamo Bay Video Released

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A video of a 16-year-old detainee being questioned at the US’s Guantanamo Bay prison camp is made public for the first time.

The video was filmed secretly through an air duct.

A videotape of a detainee being questioned at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay has been released for the first time.

It shows 16-year-old Omar Khadr being asked by Canadian officials in 2003 about events leading up to his capture by US forces, Canadian media have said.

The Canadian citizen is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.

He is seen in a distressed state and complaining that he has been tortured.

The footage was made public by Mr Khadr’s lawyers following a Supreme Court ruling in May that the Canadian authorities had to hand over key evidence against him to allow a full defence of the charges he is facing.

‘Help me’

During the 10-minute video – filmed secretly through a ventilation shaft – Mr Khadr can be seen crying, his face buried in his hands, and pulling at his hair. He can be heard repeatedly chanting: “Help me.”

At one point he tells the foreign ministry official and agents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) that he was tortured while being held at the US military detention centre at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

He raises his orange shirt to show wounds and tells them: “You don’t care about me.”

Later, one of the officials tells Mr Khadr: “You know I’m not a doctor, but I think you’re getting good medical care.”

Mr Khadr was 15 when he was captured by US forces during a gun battle at a suspected al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan.

One of Mr Khadr’s lawyers, Dennis Edney, said they hoped the video would cause an outcry in Canada and pressure Prime Minister Stephen Harper to demand the US not prosecute their client.

“I hope Canadians will be outraged to see the callous and disgraceful treatment of a Canadian youth,” Mr Edney told the Toronto Star.

“Canadians should demand to know why they’ve been lied to.”

Mr Harper reiterated last week that he would not interfere in Mr Khadr’s military tribunal, due to begin at Guantanamo on 8 October.

Mr Khadr, now 21, faces multiple terrorism-related charges, the most serious of which is murder. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7…

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Guantanamo Bay interrogation video released – 15 July 08

AlJazeeraEnglish

Lawyers for a Canadian prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay have released a videotape showing him being interrogated.

The pictures offer the first glimpse inside the secretive and isolated US prison in Cuba.

In the video, a Canadian Security Intelligence Services agent is shown grilling Omar Khadr in 2003, when he was 15.

The video shows him weeping, his face buried in his hands.

Khadr also tells his captors he’s been tortured.

The Canadian citizen is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan.

Al Jazeera’s Dan Nolan tells the story.

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  3. 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.

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  7. Unspeakable, this is a child. He should never have been incarcerated at Gitmo. What a hateful government we have.

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