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Omar Khadr sues for $60 million

Lawyers accuse Canadian government of a ‘conspiracy’ with U.S. to keep Khadr behind bars


 

Jason Franson / CP

Omar Khadr is still behind bars, 11 long years and counting after he was shot and captured by U.S. troops in war-torn Afghanistan. But his next fight—a battle with Ottawa over financial compensation—is just ramping up.

Khadr’s lawyers, due in Federal Court later this month, are asking a judge to approve yet another round of amendments to a lawsuit that’s been inching its way through the system for almost as long as he’s been locked away. Originally filed in 2004 as a mere $100,000 claim (and later bumped up to $10 million), Khadr’s latest submission says he now deserves $60 million from the Canadian government: $20 million for breaching his Charter rights, $20 million in punitive damages, and $20 million for failing to treat him like the 15-year-old child soldier he was.

The dollar figures, of course, are completely arbitrary. If Khadr ultimately wins his case against the feds, a judge will decide the value of his award, regardless of whether he asked for $1 or $1 billion. In fact, one of Khadr’s lawyers says the $60-million tally listed in the lawsuit isn’t quite accurate, even though the document says so. “We perceive the claim as being a $20-million claim,” says John Kingman Phillips, who plans to correct the record when he appears in a Toronto courtroom Dec. 18. “That’s what it’s intended to be.”

Whatever the sum, the new statement of claim contains a stunning new accusation from Khadr’s camp: that Canada engaged in a “conspiracy” with the U.S. to keep him shackled in Guantánamo Bay for as long as possible. Federal officials didn’t just fail miserably to protect the rights of a young citizen, the claim alleges. They failed on purpose, choosing instead to work “in concert” with his captors. “Canada’s conduct was flagrant and outrageous and calculated to produce harm, and in fact did produce harm,” it reads. “His story is more than a sad tale of a child soldier—it is the story of how Canada, his country of birth, not only failed to help him, but was complicit in, and a beneficiary of, the cruel and unusual treatment he received, and the torture he suffered, during his imprisonment.”

The Supreme Court has already ruled—twice—that Canadian officials violated Khadr’s Charter rights during his lengthy stint at Guantánamo. One visiting Foreign Affairs official famously interrogated the teen even though a U.S. guard specifically told him Khadr had been subjected to three weeks of systemic sleep deprivation, a torture tactic meant to make him “more amenable and willing to talk.” As the high court ruled in 2010, eliciting statements from a sleep-deprived teenager “offends the most basic standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects.”

But Khadr’s revamped statement of claim (again, a judge has yet to approve the amendments) alleges conduct far more sinister than the Supreme Court has confirmed. “We allege that Canada, through its agents, was working in conjunction with the U.S. authorities to ensure that one or the other would detain him and prosecute him for war crimes,” Phillips tells Maclean’s. “If this kid didn’t have the last name that he had, he never would have been put in custody—and we would be looking at whoever put him into the fray as a problem, not him as the problem.”

The Harper government has already spent millions fighting Khadr in court at every turn, and not surprisingly, federal lawyers oppose his request to amend the claim. By press time, however, the feds had yet to file any written arguments. (Ottawa’s most recent statement of defence denies that Khadr “has suffered any loss or damage as a result of the acts of Canadian officials” and insists “an award of monetary damages is not available.”)

Khadr will not be in court on Dec. 18. He remains in an Edmonton jail, a 27-year-old man who has been locked in a cell nearly half his life. Surely, someone is to blame for that. Someone should pay. But should that someone be Canadian taxpayers?

“The first obligation of government is to protect its citizens,” his statement of claim continues. “Over the course of his imprisonment, Canada has repeatedly failed Omar, shirking its legal responsibilities to him as a citizen, and in so doing, failing all Canadian citizens.”


 
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Omar Khadr sues for $60 million

  1. He is in jail for murder to which he has confessed. He was captured by the U.S, incarcerated by the U.S. and tried by the U.S. I don’t give a crap what some judge thinks. I know for certain that Canadian taxpayers should not be punished for whatever has befallen this enemy of the Western World.

    • I agree with your assessment except that I am not willing to give up my hard-won (not by me) rights as a Canadian just because of this a-wipe. The problem is: the only proven mechanism for a citizen to protect their rights is to ensure that all citizens.

      Khadr is a Canadian citizen; I am not happy of that fact, but there are lots of facts I am unhappy about. Many claim he is unworthy of citizenship (I agree) and believe that if enough of us agree then he magically doesn’t have citizenship. I reject that. I would certainly be pleased if there was a process to strip someone of citizenship, but it should not be easy and should follow a proper procedure. Harper could have done this by the book, done it well, made it stick. He didn’t.

      Harper played politics with the Khadr file and won some short term political gains. It now looks like $60 million is the asking price for Harper’s impatience and arrogance.

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        • Sure, so instead he is back on the street NOW with $60 million on the way. I certainly understand the mindset of “normal” Canadians. However, a Prime Minister (with advice from top legal minds), should have done better.

          • Back on the street? Since when was he released? You haven’t even read the article….

      • This is not about Harper or any other Canadian politician. He did pretty much the same as anyone in the same situation would have done. Canada would not have been able to try him even IF there was a will to bring him back to Canada AND the U.S. were willing to send him. The U.S. had all the evidence and decided that he should be incarcerated and tried. Until he confessed (for whatever reason) he was not going anywhere. We would have been forced to bring him back and set him free.

        Remember that Chretien and Martin were in charge when Maher Arar was spirited across the border to the Americans and subsequently tortured for crimes he apparently did not commit. That cost Canadians $10 million in damages.

        This young man absolutely was engaged in building roadside bombs and did kill one American soldier and blinded another with a hand grenade. That is not in dispute. Canada had nothing to do with his arrest or anything that happened to him other than keeping our word on making him spend at least a year of his sentence in jail.

      • Why do you agree with that assessment SS? Regardless of OKs level of responsibility and how he should have been punished( which he should) it’s also clear his trial was a joke. A politically scummy trade off – take this smaller sentence and confess or we’ll make sure you never get out.
        How much real say the Canadian govt had in this is debatable, but other states got their bad guys home and dealt with them. This was a kind of Harper wet dream of arbitrary justice, by proxy. What he would like to see happen here if only our courts were a little more compliant. Khadr’s moral culpability is really a red herring.

        • Most of Khadr’s case revolves around the two visits to Guantanamo by CSIS and Foreign Affairs during the first two years of his incarceration. Chretien was in power. It had nothing to do with Harper.

          • Harper’s only reasonable defense is that it was necessary to see the charges against Khadr either proven or not in US courts.
            However justice delayed is justice denied for everyone involved. What measures did Harper take to encourage the US justice system to get moving? Nada, nothing! Eleven years or more of waiting for a trial in a hell hole like Guantanimo is a joke. Harper didn’t have to like it but we should have brought him back and dealt with him here. But hey, why spoil one of your top fundraisers for a matter of mere principle. That’s the main charge against Harper. That and ignoring all the evidence that a Canadian citizen was likely being tortured in a US military prison.

          • Actually it was Chretien that ignored the allegations by Khadr that he was being tortured. Two visits by CSIS and Foreign Affairs in the first two years heard his complaints and decided that thy were not likely true. Obviously Chretien agreed.

          • Tell that to the SCoC.

            There’s something weirdly personal at the bottom of the Chretien case; as for Harper, it’s domestic politics as it always is.

        • I have an opinion of Khadr. I view him as damaged goods, probably beyond any rational hope of integration into society. The Khadr family and their toxic hatred is principally responsible. The Canadian government abandonment of principles didnt help.

          I have an opinion of the response of the Canadian government wrt Khadr. It was atrocious and damaging to the long term security of Canadian citizens. It was borderline illegal in it’s approach to “implementing” directions from the Supreme Court. It was disrespectful to every Canadian that values individual rights.

          I have an opinion of the US approach to these crimes. It was illegal by both US and international standards.

          My assessment of the US and Canadian governments’ responses to Khadr does not change my opinion of Khadr.

          To reconcile the issue of what to do with Khadr, I try to be pragmatic. Khadr isn’t likely to harm anyone, especially if we keep an eye on him. (That will be more difficult because Harper didn’t take Rae’s advice on bringing him home early based on a negotiated agreement that involved long term monitoring.)

          The damages done by the Harper’s government response are permanent. They set a precedence that the Canadian Supreme Court has limited jurisdiction in matters involving foreign affairs (thanks Steve). They diminished the responsibility of the Canadian government in respecting the rights of Canadian citizens. One hundred years from now, Khadr will be forgotten, legal precedents last much longer

          • Once again, if you do a bit of reading on the case you will know that it was the Chretien government that is responsible for his incarceration and torture. Harper came into power long afterwards.

          • Fair enough. But we both know that law requires a good deal more then just individual or arbitrary opinion backing it…both pro and con Khadr.

          • I’m ok with paying him the $60 M…as long as the suit in the US that is already over and done with, whereby the families of the people he killed sued for $110M, get the money instead. He can work off the last $50M however he wants, but the reality is Khadr decided to fight in a war, one which happened to be against a Canadian ally. Sure he was 16. So what? He killed people that we know of, and shouldn’t be rewarded for it.

          • Ah. Half your life in Guantanemo bay, being systematically tortured for years is considered a “reward” these days.

            Gotcha.

      • My only disagreement is placing sole blame on Harper. Some of this happened on Chretien’s watch as well.

        • Much more Martin than Chretien, but agreed. That said, the American were hardly willing to budge in the years immediately after 9-11, we might have (and probably should have) made some noise, but we were unlikely to change anything.

          However, once the Americans indicated they wanted to move him out, Harper was PM. Harper was the PM, when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case which was precedent setting and damaging.

    • It’s pretty clear Canadian officials had a hand in torturing him and violated the Charter while doing so. Part of the way we discourage this kind of behaviour is attaching consequences to it. While the amount will have to be decided later, its befitting the government pony up some kind of penalty here.

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        • As far as the courts are concerned, it is the Government of Canada. It’s up to voters to assign political blame.

          • True but the blame assigned should be moderated by a bit of knowledge. It seems that most posters here think that Harper has been in charge since 9/11.

    • Confessed? As a tortured child? You don’t care a crap for a judge’s reasons? Sorry, friend, you’re 80 years out of date, Nazi thought’s debunked long ago.

      • He was not a tortured child when he struck a plea bargain with the Americans. While he may or may not be responsible for Speers death he most certainly was aiding and abetting terrorists. He was trained to be a terrorist and there is a video in which he demonstrates his prowess in building IEDs.

        Your comparing my desire for justice and my disregard for a single man’s opinion (a judge) to Naziism is the sort of thing people with a limited ability to think critically would do. The Nazi card is the last refuge of the mentally impaired.

  2. Nothing can ever compensate Khadr for the mess we’ve made of his life…but it should at least hurt the idiots in Ottawa.

    • the problem is that it will hurt us as citizens more than the government. politically, Harper may take a hit, but as a nation we will owe a lot of money that could have been used for many other services/infrastructure.

      • I disagree.
        If the courts award any $ at all to this confessed terrorist, I don’t think Harper will be punished for it. I think the populace would start to agree that the courts are increasingly being filled with people who are out of touch with ordinary canadians.
        I think people would start to realize that Harper has been right that judges are overstepping their bounds, and reward him accordingly.

        • The problem with your argument is the constitution which guarantees every Canadian rights. How many accused murderers just rot in jail without a trial? If he’s a proven known terrorist then charge him and set a trial date. I don’t like this situation anymore than the next, but Kadr is a Canadian and he has rights. This is the reason that the courts ruled against the government. It was the denial of his rights that led to the courts’ ruling. Ergo, it will cost taxpayers money period.

          • He is a convicted murderer. He confessed. Say what you will about the court in Guantanamo but he copped to a plea. He had his trial.

          • If people would just read the link and try to understand why the supreme court ruled as they did…

            http://www.cba.org/cba/advocacy/pdf/khadr.pdf

            Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen. In July 2002, at age 15, he
            was captured by the U.S. military after its forces bombed and assaulted the Afghanistan compound in which he was living. The U.S. raid and subsequent firefight resulted in the death of a U.S. soldier and Khadr being severely wounded. At age of 16, he was sent to the U.S. detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. While detained, Khadr has been subjected to excessively harsh interrogation methods.

            Through his detention, Khadr was not provided with unfettered access to counsel. His Canadian counsel reported being intimidated by the U.S. military. The U.S. military says that even if Khadr is acquitted at the military commission, it could
            decide to detain him indefinitely. While other minors at Guantánamo were segregated from the adult population and provided with educational and other resources aimed at rehabilitation, there has been no consideration of Khadr’s age in relation to his ongoing treatment or the charges he faces.

            If you read the rest you will see that his rights were taken from him and he was tortured. If I was being waterboarded, deprived of sleep 3 weeks, tied to a stretcher left to soil myself, left in solitary confinement, I would probably confess to anything they wanted me to.

            For some late night bedtime stories that will scare any kid out of being a terrorist, here is some light reading…

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Khadr

            If after that you still believe that his rights were given, then pray your rights are never.

          • Why is he not suing the US government?

          • You would have to ask his lawyers. CSIS not only allowed this to happen, but also aided the US. The GoC knew of his treatment and didn’t ensure that his rights were given.

          • People almost seem to go out of their way to NOT realize how this trial went down. We abetted in the torture of a Canadian citizen and we’re probably going to have to make good on that.

          • There’s a reason we have rules about fair trials. Given enough duress, people will confess to anything.

            If the trial wasn’t fair, if his confession was coerced by a threat to stay in Guantanamo under continued torture, we can’t look on it as an actual confession.. unless you really do believe that the Spanish Inquisition is what we should model our justice system after.

          • He went into his trial knowing that his rights were “violated,” but he chose to participate anyway. His participation and guilty plea negate the rights violation, in my humble opinion. He should have fought this in the US trial. Instead he chose to plea guilty so he could get the famous Canadian “get-of-of-jail” card once he was transferred back into this country.

            He wants both the cash to compensate for the violation of his rights and the get-out-of-jail-almost-free card.

            Fortunately, the Canadian correctional system has so far resisted, insisting that he serve a sentence commensurate with a murder conviction.

            If he has any honour or courage, he should fight the US legal system. They are the ones who apparently tortured him, they are the ones that set up a kangaroo court.

            I don’t have a problem with Canadian officials grilling him after his apparent torture. There is no right that I know of guaranteeing a suspect to be “comfortable” while being interrogated. Canadians didn’t torture him.

          • LOL.. “Hey, kid.. you can go to a trial and say you did it, or we can contine to waterboard you. Which would you rather?”

            I see you’re a fan of the “spanish inquisition” method of justice.

          • Sig, the trial was one in name only. Khadr had a choice: confess, or rot in a gulag until he died without any protection from torture. That’s what you call a confession under duress.

          • Fine. Find in his favor and award him an American dollar.

      • Harper did not do anything that any other leader would not have done. The Americans were not going to let him go free even if Canada’s government was prepared to take him in. Canada would not have been able to try him and so he would have come to Canada and been let go immediately. No leader would have done that.

        • Oddly enough every other western state that had inmate in Guantanamo managed to get their citizens home. Even odder they didn’t all walk the moment they got there. This is Harpers baby, along with Chrétien in the first place.

          • you fail to mention, that many former Guantanamo inmates returned to their terrorist roots and killed many more in attacks after their release. quite a few of them have been killed in the process.

          • From western countries? I doubt it. The ones who backslide were the ones released by the US themselves.

          • Can you cite an instance or two of that? I haven’t heard of it myself, so I’d be interested in seeing what you’re speaking of.

      • Then maybe we should look out for abusive parents, and push govts to help their citizens, hmmm?

        • We already look for abusive parents, Emily…we have for years. We all know what kind of damage parents can do to their kids when they are mistreating them. Governments have been monitoring for abusive parents for generations already to prevent kids from becoming anti-social, violent, or just plain nuts.
          We’re so sorry se didnt’ get to yours in time.

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        • Your comment lacks substance. The reason the courts sided with Khadr was that his rights as a Canadian had been taken from him. Every Canadian has a right to a fair trial and the government did not give him this, leaving him to rot in jail without a trial. This is why the courts sided with Khadr and why he will be paid a lot of money and finally, why, as I said in my original statement, that Canadians will pay for this mess. Your argument that we should look for abusive parents is akin to we should lock up murderers without a fair trial. The charter or rights exists to ensure that the government of the day does not overstep its bounds and deny Canadians rights. If Khadr is so dangerous, put him on trial and let a judge and jury decide.

          • I made no such argument.

            Children’s services is a govt agency….and as such…..again it failed him

            Khadr has been through enough trials….and in fact got prison before he ever saw a courtroom.

          • http://www.cba.org/cba/advocacy/pdf/khadr.pdf

            This is a great summary of why Omar Khadr had his rights as a Canadian citizen taken from him. You cannot give an informed argument that Omar Khadr has been treated fairly throughout his detainment. However if you still do, then I cannot say anymore that will change your mind. The crux of the Supreme Court’s decision is found on page 2 of that summary if you care to read it. I have included it for your reading pleasure.

            In January 2010, the Supreme Court held that the Canadian government infringed Khadr’s s.7 Charter rights by interrogating him when it knew of his mistreatment, and providing the fruits of the investigation to U.S. officials. It participated in a process that violated Canada’s international obligations on the treatment of youth detainees. However, the Court determined that requiring the government to request repatriation was not an appropriate remedy, and the government should determine a remedy sufficient to rectify the breach.

            Now imagine if CSIS came into a parent’s home and took their child away from them based on an illegal wiretap. That probably wouldn’t go down too well either. I await your always entertaining rebuttal.

          • I’ve been around since 1946. I don’t need your silliness.

            What is it with ‘mansplaining’ on here lately??

          • So the facts are silliness? As opposed to the spewing of opinion that is factually incorrect. I accept your retreat.

          • keep entertaining though

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          • I agree. Luckily I guess neither of are one then. Or is anyone who disagrees with you a con? Well that’s the end of my arguing with some stranger who wants to argue for arguments sake.

          • What a joke, he was captured in COMBAT. How are you equating him getting caught in battle after throwing grenades to someone invading your home in Canada to abduct your child?
            You’re not a child if you’re throwing grenades in a battle.

            What an insane sense of logic this is.

            Khadr should have been killed in combat.

          • Good work Emily with another ridiculous proposal., Childrens services? Was he being abused in Canada? Are you suggesting Childrens Services should have went to the middle east to abduct him from his joke of parents?
            Are you stating that there was abuse occurring on Canadian soil to warrant childrens servics to intervene before he left the country?
            Are you on medication?

    • We did not mess up his life.He and his family messed up his life !

      • Semantical clap trap, and basic evasion of the states role in the affair. And no I’m not doing the same thing, evading khadr’s responsibility for his choices and actions.

      • Really? Where was children’s services to stop the abuse?

        And after he got in trouble, where was our govt to rescue him?

        • Omar had the chance to be rescued from his fanatical father….but Jean Chretien stepped in and ensured the training would be continued.

          • Partisan politics.

        • Where was his mother? why did she not stop him from going? She wanted him to be a martyr and die in battle. His father filled his head with JIHAD garbage and he reaped what he has sown.

      • No, you can’t be a proper “progressive” unless you blame Harper, Canada and everyone except Khadr himself and his vile family for the choices no one forced upon them but themselves.

        I’m sure Khadr is a sociopath because of our Islamophobia. There can’t be any other reason and apparently, only non-Mulsims are capable of exercising free will and being held responsible for their own choices.

        • Is there any evidence that Khadr is a sociopath? There are plenty of people who kill others in battle that are not.

    • Emily, no one who’s ever read your vaccous commentary will be surprised you side with Kahdr. You worry about the “mess” we’ve made of Kahdr’s life, but what about the mess he’s made of his own life? We didn’t force him to become a terrorist, and we didn’t force him to become a murderer. He made those choices, and now he needs to pay for them.
      Personally, I’m more concerned about the life he took. A young father with children and a wife. Of course, that isn’t really the point for you is it?
      If this case proceeds and the Judiciary finds we are liable for damages, I can only say, “Thank god for the notwithstanding clause”
      In fact, I’d be willing to pay the $20 Million if Khadr would take his entire family, and his like minded fanatical supporters and moved out of the country. that would be worth the money.

    • What mess? His family has spent most of their time in foreign countries training or arming for Jihad. The only time they have returned to Canada was to sponge off our healthcare or welfare systems. We didn’t kick them out. We didn’t encourage them to live in a foreign country. We have done nothing for them except give them a place to live.

      Do I have any sympathies for them? Hell no. They chose to live by the sword, and they should be punished. We should not reward them for whatever reason.

      We did not fail Khadr, he failed himself.

      • He was a 15 year old kid….a Canadian citizen.

        We failed him miserably.

        • WE failed him? How much time has he lived in Canada? Who taught him? Who raised him? And what values was he taught? No if anyone failed him it was his family. And I don’t see any breast beating coming from his mother about how bad he fell or that he didn’t learn his lessons properly. No, his family has been terrorist supporters for years. The only thing Canadian about the Khadr’s is their passports.

          • He was born in Canada.

            Where was children’s services?

          • And mostly raised in Pakistan or Afghanistan. It seems the only time the family returned with him to Canada was when they needed healthcare or a “break” from whatever they were doing. Besides, CPS wouldn’t have done a thing with a “well balanced” family.

          • Partisan politics, not reality

        • My grandfather was a 16 year old kid when he took Vimy Ridge, and no Government of the day ever considered him a defenceless child.
          He was also a Canadian citizen.
          The difference between Khadr and him of course…..my grandfather fought FOR Canadians….Khadr fought against them.

          • Vimy Ridge was in another century.

            Your grandfather wasn’t charged with murder in a war zone.

            But then he was….you know….white.

            Now then….again, Ciao.

          • EmilyOne has trouble reading. She seems to think that James R. Halifax wrote that his grandfather committed murder in a war.

          • Omar was in a war as well.

          • Was it a war over ice floes?

          • See, you can make 16 year olds do a lot of crazy stuf!

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      • My familiy is 7 generations in Canada….and most of our female ancestors came here from Ireland or Hungary or Ukraine or wherever wearing scarves.

        Khadr was born here.

    • I doubt you would feel the same if he killed a relative/spouse of yours in a combat zone because he was “indoctrinated” to do so. With such logic you shouldn’t be allowed near a computer, let alone operate a motor vehicle. I am glad you are not in a position of any real power.

      • I wouldn’t worry too much about Emily or her family having anything to do with the military other than protesting it. I’m sure Emily dons the pink hat and scarf every time there is a protest by the Raging Grannies…..she sounds just as deluded as they are….and I expect she is a big fan, if indeed not a member herself.

        • Sorry, no.

      • Killed a relative in a combat zone…..you mean in a war?

        I’ll bet you’re friends with Japanese or German people.

    • truly….you think this murderer deserves compensation??? He should have been left in the U.S to serve the rest of his life in prison. Any family member involved with his becoming a terrorist at such a young age should be deported to Afghanistan to face trial their for terrorism, and face their penalties.

      • Be serious.

        • I am, the family indoctrinated their minor child to a life of terrorism, shipped him overseas to a fight a war, and then cried foul when he was detained in the U.S. Drop the bleeding heart sentimental crap and make people pay for their crimes, maybe…just maybe we would see a decreases in this kind of nonsense if there were actual penalties, and they had something to loose. As it is now they are sitting in Toronto sucking off the welfare system, eating up funds needed for Healthcare and probably raising the rest of their children to hate Canadian Culture

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    • Impossible. Canadians are congenitally weak. Look at Toronto. The mayor confesses to illicit drug abuse and assaults an elderly woman on the floor at a City Council meeting,. and he’s still the mayor.

      And Omar was an innocent child, who has been kidnapped and tortured, abused systematically. If his spirit is not yet crushed, his mind surely is by this point. But what is it that Harper has done to defend this Canadian life?

      Not a thing.

      And in all the years since then, what have we done about it?

      Nothing at all.

      We deserve Harper. We’re jellyfish. No spine at all.

  3. About time. Don’t freak out now Right Wingers. Anybody who doesn’t see the importance of him winning this case better do some research. This case can indicate whether we have an applicable Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms that affects all Canadians on a daily basis. I’ve spent over 100 hours(probably closer to 200) of research on Khadr’s situation and it’s of major importance for our great country. I want a Canada that’s Democratic and Free. I’m not a Lawyer but if I was, I’d be volunteering my services to this Canadian free of charge and for whatever number of years it might take.

    • Why is he not suing the Americans? If Canada is guilty of not protecting his rights then suing the Americans successfully should be a piece of cake.

      • The US does not let non citizens sue.

    • You’ve spent 200 hours researching Khadr’s case and are not a lawyer…..
      Sounds like Kenny has a man-crush on Omar.
      Now…if only you would use some of your boundless time, energy, and benevolence to help the victims of violence, as opposed to perpetrators of violence.
      Kenny…..your village called. They want you back.

  4. He is a self admitted Terrorist and freely spoke of it, under no duress, many times over. I completely disagree that anyone should have to pay for his worthless life choices other than himself. He deserved what he received and if there was any justice he would be locked in a hole in Afghanistan.

    • Agreed. The fact he was “allowed to live” after a grenade attack on US troops is amazing on its own – the majority of situations like that end with appropriate consequences; neutralization of a threat.

      • The soldiers who properly did their duty deserve commendation for not killing a wounded adversary. Anyone who wanted them to kill is a horrible person.

  5. Just a reminder for those of you who think that this mess is Harper’s to own: Most of this case revolves around the two CSIS and foreign affairs visits to see Khadr at Guantanamo during his first two years of incarceration. It is alleged that at that critical time the government did nothing to help the poor boy even though they were told that he was being tortured.

    Guess who was in power at that time???? Hint: Not the Conservatives.

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      • You won’t be taking anyone on. I said elsewhere on this thread I don’t intend to talk to every rightwing airhead that shows up.
        So take your breezeway elsewhere.

        PS…..SO DON’T BOTHER POSTING ME WITH YOUR DRIVEL

  7. We have already paid out millions to others (the last case like this cost us $20mil I believe) because of the brilliant Mr Harper ignoring all the top legal opinions telling him this would be result because it violated the Constitution. Had he let Canadian’s courts handle it as is required under the Constitution Canadian’s would not end up handing this little schmuck millions and millions. How many weapons will that buy for his friends if thats what he does with our money? Thanks a bunch Steve.

  8. I sure hope he wins. we are finding out more and more about the unethical actions of the secretive and corrupt PMO. I believe Khadr has been treated dishonourably by the Harperites.

    • So, must be nice on the side of the muslim enemy.

      Why are you on the side of hate for the Kuffar, as mohammad commanded?

      • I am on the side of justice which the con regime under harper has no understanding. Omar was taken by his father to be a child soldier. What is your excuse?

        • Are you completely ignorant of the fact that Liberal Chretien government are primarily responsible for Khadr’s loss of rights or is it willful ignorance? I’m not sure which is the more repugnant.

    • Maybe he should have thrown a grenade at you?

    • I assume that you also abhor the Chretienites that are responsible for his torture and incarceration without rights?

  9. government has spent millions already fighting his claims?

  10. The people screaming for his mistreatment and for further degredations have far more in common with the Taliban we were at war with than true Canadians.

    • Sure except that the Taliban kills innocents. You would be hard pressed to make the case that this terrorist is innocent.

      • Even leaving aside his unusual circumstances of being a child taken into battle by his famiy, he’s already been imprisoned for far longer than he would be for the stuff we could charge him with.

      • And you’re fake distinctions are worthless, you N. American Taliban.

        We believe in the rule of law and punishing wrongdoing. All your ilk believe in is punishment to feed your hate.

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          • We Canadians are just better than taliban like you. You will never understand us because you are blinded by your radical hate.

      • Actually, not hard pressed at all. There is literally zero evidence that Khadr threw the grenade that wounded and killed American soldiers breaking into that house. It was the middle of a fire-fight, there were multiple combatants within the house, and nobody saw who threw anything.

        In fact, Khadr was so incapacitated when American soldiers came into the house shooting the survivors left from their airstrike a moment before that one soldier actually stood on him not realizing he was still alive. Think about that.. they were shooting active survivors, but Khadr, the incapacitated one, must be the one who threw the grenade?

        The only thing we can be absolutely sure Khadr is guilty of is being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and surviving. Yes, he may have thrown the grenade, but he may not have, and if any standard of reasonable doubt had applied in his case, as our government should demand for *all* Canadian citizens, he would have been acquitted years ago.

      • this “terrorist ” has yet to perform a terroristic act since throwing grenades at soldiers trying to kill you doesn’t really cut it .

  11. Given that there were Canadian officials that might have spoken out in Khadr’s defense while he was in American detention and they did not and given that he was/is guilty of crimes against Canada and he did actually kill Nato personnel as a terrorist a proper decision would be to find his case to have merit and award him an American dollar.

    Done. Go away.

  12. lol what a clown.

  13. He gave up his Canadian rights when he left and pulled the trigger. He broke anothers country’s law. He pulled the trigger in the name of his religion. Now hes claiming that was wrong. Hes still a practising muslim so he thinks he did nothing wrong. He gets nothing as he deserves nothing.

  14. Instead of money, how about a plane ticket to some ME hell hole?

  15. All Canadians take note: If you travel abroad and run into trouble, Stephen Harper will not save you. Even if you are an innocent 15 year old child.

  16. Regardless of his age or his crime, government officials that circumvent the law and have ANY complicity in torture NEED to be held accountable. This is essential. If we want to call ourselves civilized and presume to judge others.

  17. Everyone sound like a complete 1diot here.

    This is not about the money. No
    amount of money will make up for what he went through psychologically and
    psychically in the last 11 years. He will suffer until the day he die.

    It’s about holding the government
    responsible.

    Every taxpayer should question and hold the government accountable. If you
    don’t and then you are giving the government the right to do anything and
    everything it wishes to do with you and your family.

    If you like that kind of government
    to tell you what’s right and what’s not, then go and live in Saudi Arabia.

    The level of stupidity on here is
    almost shocking. Everyone is a sheep here. Use your heads people

    “First they came for the communists, and I did
    not speak out—

    because I was not a communist;

    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not
    speak out—

    because I was not a socialist;

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I
    did not speak out—

    because I was not a trade unionist;

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak
    out—

    because I was not a Jew;

    Then they came for me—

    and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

    ― Martin Niemöller

  18. Find the relatives of his Afghani victims – and get them to wage a $70m counter-suit over the pain and suffering he caused.

  19. Omar Khadr is not an innocent child soldier. He is a convicted, unrepentant terrorist and murderer. Here is Ret Sgt. Layne Morris’ eyewitness account of that fateful day in 2002, in Afghanistan, when Khadr who was with his Taliban buddies, murdered an unarmed American medic. Khadr killed Speers hours after the fire fight was over and knew Speers was looking to help the wounded. After the murder, the 2nd medic saved Khadr’s life: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/1897606982001

    • Khadr was a child soldier as defined in the law and confirmed by the head of the UN program. Sgt Morris was not an eye witness. He was wounded earlier in the fight and taken away for treatment. You have no grounds for saying he’s unrepentant. Sgt. Speer was a combat soldier who was trained as a medic but was not unarmed when he was fatally wounded in the fight. Nobody was doing medical duties at the time. Your info is contradictory to the US military after action report and the testimony of the officer who wrote it and the soldier who led the “assault element” to clear the building after the bombing.

      Their testimony begins at page 4023 of the trial transcripts, Military Commissions site. It’s easier to find the military report at this following link and their testimony is consistent. Khadr wasn’t even charged with killing a person on medical duty and that whole story is a fiction. He was charged with fighting in a war while not being a soldier, basically. Nobody on the other side was, or in Iraq either. His prosecution was unprecedented and unique, one of a handful of Gtmo convictions resulting from very discredited decisions in the early Bush years.

      http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/OC-1_CITF_witness_report

  20. Certainly there must be a place on earth that he could be sent to with his entire family.

  21. I’ve a better idea, how about he sue his family for neglecting to keep a 15 year from leaving the country ‘of his birth’ and going off to kill in his family’s homeland. Did they not fail him simply by letting him go or are they as innocent as the Canadian tax payers who didn’t even know him?

    • His parents brought him to Afghanistan when he was about four and mainly raised him there. His father was involved in charity for Russian war victims and became associated with Bin Laden. His father sent him on the mission that ended in the fight with the US military two months later.

      Sgt Speer’s widow and another soldier, Layne Morris, who was wounded in the fight, already sued his dead father for coercing his “minor child” into the war. But if there was any money in the estate it was confiscated, by the Canadian government I assume, so they won but didn’t get anything.

      If Omar Khadr wins a law suit against the government they plan to sue him, for being the “minor child” coerced into the war, I suppose. I doubt if his mother has much money, and I think what happened was more her dead husband’s fault than hers.

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    • I also served in the military. My whole family has served in all branches for as long as I can remember. I have a son presently serving in the military. My father was killed while serving in the Army, he’s buried in a foreign country.
      Now I can say Omar is as much a Canadian as you or me. We can’t be narrow-minded and say we are more Canadian than someone else. Non of us are perfect including Omar. His circumstances are quite different then yours or mine. My circumstances are quite different then yours. But we are all Canadian.
      I’m very proud of this great country and want to see our Rights preserved and protected as much as possible and that happens to include a government that will not just send us to war but will go to war for us.

  23. Good stuff Omar, wishing you nothing but the best in your fight for us as Canadians. Keep the courage and things will improve for Canadians who are in need. The following quote from the article is so truthful:

    “The first obligation of government is to protect its citizens,” his statement of claim continues. “Over the course of his imprisonment, Canada has repeatedly failed Omar, shirking its legal responsibilities to him as a citizen, and in so doing, failing all Canadian citizens.”

    As a caring citizen of this great country we should be beating on the door at Ottawa and ordering them to respect our Canadian Rights and reverse their failure of Legal Responsibility to Omar’s situation.

    • Are you serious

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