The United States is torturing children and then falsifying evidence against them: Update on Omar Khadr and Afghanistan

Update3: With Gitmo closing, Khadr's return near certain - "Ottawa will likely be forced to reverse its position on detained Canadian after repeatedly refusing to request his repatriation".

Update2: Khadr considered a ‘good kid’ by Guantanamo Bay guards: United States and Somalia do not protect children

Update: Guantanamo Bay judge relieved of duties after threatening to suspend proceedings if prosecutors continued to withhold evidence - “The military judge in the Omar Khadr trial in Guantanamo Bay has been relieved of his duties, a move that Mr. Khadr's defence counsel implied is a result of the judge siding with the defence on a number of evidence-disclosure issues in the controversial military tribunal case.”

Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, born 19 September 1986 in Ottawa Canada, “has been detained in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps since he was captured at the age of 15 following a 2002 firefight between American troops and militants in Afghanistan.” He has been accused by the United States of “throwing a grenade that killed a US soldier, leading to charges of war crimes and providing support to terrorism.” That, of course, is what the Bush administration is officially stating, the truth however is proving to be anything but.

In the summer of 2007, all charges were dropped against Khadr, but he was not released. Then in March 2008 it was revealed that US military command had altered the report on the firefight in Afghanistan to cast blame on Khadr - originally the reported had stated “the assailant who threw the grenade was killed.” Then we learned that not only was the Canadian government refusing to hand over evidence to the defense, in violation of court orders, but the “United States may well have lied about its evidence against Mr. Khadr. Far from having proof that only he could have thrown the grenade that killed their soldier, the U.S. appears to have hidden the truth: that the teenage Canadian was in the company of an adult al-Qaeda fighter and was himself unarmed, on his knees and facing away from battle when a U.S. soldier shot him twice — in the back.”

As if falsifying evidence against 15-year-old children who have been shot in the back in not enough, we have just learned this week that the US soldier that Khadr is accused of killing “may have been killed accidentally by his comrades.”

To sum up the story so far, when the US military entered this village, they blew everything to pieces and like madmen shot at anything that moved. Khadr, 15 years old at the time, was caught in the firefight, and while on his knees, shot in the back. At some point before this, US Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer was killed by what appears to be friendly fire. Evidence was falsified, Khadr charged and sent to Guantanamo Bay where he has spent the last 6 years of his life being tortured. He may now become the first person put on trial anywhere in the world for “war crimes” allegedly committed when he was a juvenile.

And this is just one story, for more see the following two documentaries.

The Road to Guantanamo - “Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.”

The Road to Guantanamo (1:31:37)

Taxi to the Dark Side - “An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.”

Taxi to the Dark Side (1:06:00)

Does anyone still think that NATO has any chance of success in Afghanistan? If you do, then you better wakeup, because you’re dreaming - and unfortunately everyone else is having a nightmare.

Posted in Submitted by chycho on Mon, 2008-04-21 07:15.
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