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The Unending Torture of Omar Khadr

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Posted on Oct 4, 2006
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From Matt Groller / Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone presents one of the most harrowing stories we’ve read all year: a blow-by-blow description of the experience of a teenage jihadist who has been tortured by Americans in Gitmo for the last four years.


Rolling Stone:

... His name was Omar Khadr. Born into a fundamentalist Muslim family in Toronto, he had been prepared for jihad since he was a small boy. His parents, who were Egyptian and Palestinian, had raised him to believe that religious martyrdom was the highest achievement he could aspire to. In the Khadr family, suicide bombers were spoken of with great respect. According to U.S intelligence, Omar’s father used charities as front groups to raise and launder money for Al Qaeda. Omar’s formal military training—bombmaking, assault-rifle marksmanship, combat tactics—before he turned twelve. For nearly a year before the Ab Khail siege, according to the U.S. government, Omar and his father and brothers had fought with the Taliban against American and Northern Alliance forces in Afghanistan. Before that, they had been living in Jalalabad, with Osama bin Laden. Omar spent much of his adolescence in Al Qaeda compounds.

At Ab Khail, a sergeant later said, every U.S. soldier who walked by Omar longed to put a bullet in his head. But an American medic, working near the corpse of Sgt. Speer, saved Omar’s life, and he was taken to a hospital at Bagram Air Base with a bullet-split chest and serious shrapnel wounds to the head and eye. U.S. intelligence officers began interrogating him as soon as he regained consciousness. At that moment, Omar entered the extralegal archipelago of torture chambers and detention cells that the Bush administration has erected to prosecute its War on Terror. He has remained there ever since.

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By Texasjack, July 10, 2008 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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Shut down Gitmo after the scum terrorists are fed to the friggin sharks.  Better yet, Send to Canada
since you all seem so worried about there welfare.
One step back into the US and off to the sharks they go. 

  Truthdig. Hardly. . .

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By Unspecified Anonymous, January 18, 2008 at 10:32 am Link to this comment
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Unfair. Omar is only 20 years old. He was only 15 when this happened. If he was brought up in a very fundamentalist family then it’s clear that he was brainwashed. I cannot believe that Bush is this heartless. I cannot articulate because if I begin writing out what I feel, there will not be enough space.

Guantanamo Bay needs to be shut down ASAP. It’s inhuman not to feel anything after reading about what goes on in that place. I don’t understand what type of people run that place. They all have to be insane.

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By harsaru, October 5, 2006 at 6:38 am Link to this comment
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When I was growing up in small town India I ASPIRED to be like the Americans . But then came Vietnam and its been downhill since. Now I’m glad I’m not American. I dont deny that things are wrong in my country but .........

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By Scott Lewis, October 4, 2006 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment
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God Bless our beautiful and magnanimous and loving leader, George Bush.  He personally appealed to these blood-crazed soldiers to put up their weapons so that this poor misguided A-rab could live.  Through the generosity of His pure soul, Mr. Bush has given the former terrorist a new chance at a meaningful life.  After he has finished confessing to everything they want him to, he will get to spend countless hours with his head strapped to a board and his eyes wired open (so that none of the “Program” will be missed).  After that he will be as meek and submissive as a little lamb.
Then we can sell him to whichever senator or representative puts in the highest bid. 
“Bark like a dog for me, Omar!”  “Dark meat tastes best!”  “Hands off Guckert/Gannon, I paid for this one with my own money!”

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By Anon Christian, October 4, 2006 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment
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“After the invasion of Afghanistan, the Bush administration effectively kidnapped hundreds of innocent people because they looked like Arabs and shipped them to a detention facility designed to torture them nonstop and in perpetuity. If the president were tried in the Hague, the prosecution would have an easy case.”

... and all REAL Christians and other people of conscience can only hope that that trial comes soon.  Somehow, though, I would have trouble even wishing on Bush / Cheney / Rumsfeld / Miller what they have done to these people.

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