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Canuck in DC Watch: Romeo Dallaire


 

From his press release: “While the Canadian government remains shamefully silent on the issue, Senator Roméo Dallaire (Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda) is working to boost support for former child soldier Omar Khadr in Washington, where several members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, have called for the closure of the detention centre in Guantánamo Bay.

While on Capitol Hill, Senator Dallaire met with several senior members of Congress and administration officials to discuss Mr. Khadr’s case, Representative William Delahunt, Chair of the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, and Representative Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee…”


 

Canuck in DC Watch: Romeo Dallaire

  1. Let the US military justice system run its course with Khadr. His age and his bad parenting will be one of the factors in his case. From what I can see Khadr is ably represented by an enthusiastic and resourceful JAG lawyer.

    What would we do with him here? Turn him loose and give him a homecoming parade through the streets of Toronto? He is not charged with any Canadian offense and no Canadian agency has a body of evidence to put before a court if he were to be tried in Canada.

  2. Except that the US justice system has already declared that there is no justice in the US military tribunal system for Guantanomo inmates. Thus, the US military justice system cannot run its course with Khadr, because the “justice” portion doesn’t exist.

  3. “Let the US military justice system run its course with Khadr. His age and his bad parenting will be one of the factors in his case.”

    Correct me if I’m wrong here but I was under the impression that age is in fact not an issue for this kangaroo court.

  4. “Correct me if I’m wrong here but I was under the impression that age is in fact not an issue for this kangaroo court.”

    boudica, according to some other poster in some other thread, until Canada cleans up it’s own “kangaroo court” problems your opinion about any American kangaroo court is irrelevant.

  5. john g, we have kangaroo courts in Canada?

  6. well let’s see. we have a court which:

    * denies a transcription exists of a hearing into its own practices, then provides said transcription to the media in an attempt to justify themselves

    * allows the plantiff in a case unfettered access to the evidence against the defendant

    * allows an employee of the court to be a plantiff in its own courtroom

    * does not full disclosure of the case against the defendant until final arguments are presented

    What do you think boudica? Kangaroo court or not?

  7. And before you answer, rest assured that such fine upstanding Liberal MPs like Paul Szabo, Andrew Telegdi, and human rights champion Keith Martin all agree. So feel safe, you are not straying too far from the party line.

  8. john g, you’re absolutely right, the Canadian Human Rights tribunals are kangaroo courts and my hope is that a challenge in a proper court will dismantle them soon.

    But the issue being discussed is an ex-child soldier who has been held in Guantanamo for 6 years, has been coercively interrogated, and is being tried in an American kangaroo court.

  9. R Keller, you need to read near the bottom of the “Bigger than Ezra” thread for the context of my post.

  10. john g, you’re absolutely right, the Canadian Human Rights tribunals are kangaroo courts and my hope is that a challenge in a proper court will dismantle them soon.

    They are not kangaroo courts; john g’s just being disruptive by bringing it up to distract from the topic of this discussion.

    These free speech obsessives take a while to come down off of an intense “liberal fascist” bender; until they do…everything is about Canadian Totalitarism and Canada’s loss — tragic, tragic loss — of moral authority to criticise anything; even that horrific immoral and illegal prison in Guantánamo.

  11. I’m with R Keller, kangaroo courts on both sides of the border have no place in any just society.

    As for Khadr specifically, we ought to follow Britian and Asutrailia’s lead and repatriot him. And then try him in a real court on treason, murder and terrorism charges.

  12. Except that, according to Mr. Dallaire, who knows something on the matter, under international law it is unlawful to try child soldiers for war crimes.

    Ironic thing is, Khadr didn’t have a valid argument for hating the USA until after he was arrested.

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