First Guantanamo Bay Video Released

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.


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.



Guantanamo Bay interrogation video released – 15 July 08


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.

Mosaic News – 07/14/08: World News From The Middle East

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.


For more:
“Assad in Paris,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Israeli President to Pardon Lebanese Prisoner,” IBA TV, Israel
“Prisoners’ Swap Deal Between Hezbollah and Israel Confirmed,” NBN TV, Lebanon
“A New Era for Syria and Lebanon,” Syria TV, Syria
“ICC Charges Sudanese President With Genocide,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Coup Plot Uncovered in Turkey,” Press TV, Iran
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

Will Israel And/Or The U.S. Attack Iran? By Uri Avnery

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By Uri Avnery
14 July, 2008
Gush Shalom

If you want to understand the policy of a country, look at the map – as Napoleon recommended.

Anyone who wants to guess whether Israel and/or the United States are going to attack Iran should look at the map of the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula.

Through this narrow waterway, only 34 km wide, pass the ships that carry between a fifth and a third of the world’s oil, including that from Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.



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