Guantanamo detainee back in Canada to serve out sentence
Omar Khadr
September 29th, 2012
10:22 AM ET

Guantanamo detainee back in Canada to serve out sentence

By Paula Newton

Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr has been transferred to his homeland of Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence, Canada's Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Saturday.

Khadr boarded a military plane at the Guantanamo Naval base in Cuba and will be transferred to a maximum security prison somewhere in Canada.

The case and the prisoner's legal fate have sparked controversy among Canadians. Many think his sentence has been too lenient.

Under a plea deal with military prosecutors in October 2010, Khadr admitted to being responsible for the death of Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, a member a U.S. Army Special Forces Unit.

He pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, providing material support for terrorism, spying and conspiracy.

During a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan, Khadr admitted to throwing the grenade that killed Sgt. Speer. Khadr was just 15 at the time.

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  1. SimplyStunned

    As the sister in law to a high value detainee and I am a US Born CItizen I envy him for being able to go to Canada. We can't even fly and we didn't do anything except bare the name Abu Zubaydah. He was forced to confess. Just as the FBI threatened us if we went forth. I hate this government and believe me if I could leave I would pack my whole family up and gtfo, money isn't the issue its not being able to fly and my husband's passport was confiscated years ago after he too spent time in a Oregon Jail following 9/11. Blahhhhh wish obama would stop this.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  2. NPost

    He looks like such a nice young man!

    October 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  3. TheThinker1958

    how can you call a "plea deal" when you are forcing him to sign a confession otherwise he won't see his freedom ever again? Shouldn't he be confessing to something close to the truth?

    October 1, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
  4. In the name of Krishna

    We remain extremely appalled and highly concerned about the continued medieval cultural and barbaric social practices prevalent in the name of Hinduism in India. Much to our chagrin, the human rights organizations are either turning a blind eye towards these injustices or are being paid off to look the other way. We are particularly aware of the victims of such practices, namely, young children and women especially those women who are pregnant and are bearing a female embryo. They are being mistreated or simply sacrificed in the name of their deities. To the civilized world such atrocious behavior is repulsive and is condemned in the strongest words. We urge the Indian Hindus to immediately cease and desist from such unacceptable norms. To them we say the world is watching and will see to it that justice prevails.

    October 1, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply
  5. krm1007 ©™

    Hello Sir! Good morning Sir!

    I am Kareem Chamar (my father repaired shoes for living, like his father and his fathers did) from Pakistan. I am L.L.B. (Lord of the Last Bench) from Pakistani ivy league college and looking for work in America. Can you Sir please send me sponsor letter Sir? I will polish your shoe all my life. Thank you Thank you Sir!!

    Very Truly Yours,
    Kareem (krm1007)

    October 1, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
  6. Ed M.

    He'll be freed and on the dole and starting a new Islamic terror cell within 5 years.

    Should have hanged the jihadi in Gitmo years ago.

    September 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Falcon Eyes

      In America we don't hang 15 year olds. We just torture them ! That too in adult prisons.
      Now repeat after me......

      September 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
      • zaqaz

        Repeat after me: three people waterboarded ... three people waterboarded ... three people waterboarded ...

        October 1, 2012 at 5:18 am |
    • Martin Stevenson

      Totally agree, and now we can pay for, pamper, nurture and imprison this person here in Canada with TAXPAYERS MONEY. I wonder how much this killers holigay to Afghanistan cost the Canadian people and how much it will discourage others to follow in his footsteps?

      October 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  7. Falcon Eyes: Repost

    A PRIMER FOR MIDDLE EAST:::

    THE ECONOMIC SUBJUGATION OF INDIA & The Taming of Hindus!!!
    The one most successful aspect of recent American foreign policy has been the conquest of India without firing a bullet. That is the beauty of capitalism used as a Trojan Horse! Economic victory! Give them a taste of steak and they will never settle for hamburgers again. USA now owns India Inc. not only economically but also militarily as economic subjugation ultimately leads to military domination. The recent win for US multinationals has been pressuring the Indian Govt to open up majority ownership of domestic companies by foreign investors. US will now be virtually able to control the government policies in India via remote control in Wash D.C.

    The take away is that US needs to find a similar mechanism Middle East/North Africa/South Asia to control events without having to depend on military dictatorships to do the biding. Economic subjugation appears to be the way out but what may be applicable to Hindus may not work in case of Muslims. That poses the dilemma that we are struggling with. Israel may have to be the sacrificial goat to make this happen, I am afraid.

    September 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  8. Shashi Agarwal

    TERRORIST GROUPS IN INDIA

    • RASHTRIYA SWAYAM SEWAK SHANG (R.S.S.)
    • VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD
    • HINDU MUNNANI
    • ARYA SAMAJ
    • SHIV SENA
    • BHARATIYA JANATA PARISHAD
    • SANT SAMITI
    • HINDU MAHASABHA
    • BAAJRANG DAL

    LEADERS: L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

    September 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  9. Amit-Atlanta-USA.

    "It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world albeit in a clandestine manner."

    Let me quote another instance of this disgraceful disposition:

    It is no secret that Mahatma Gandhi (Hindu leader) was a pedophile. What is very disturbing is his relationship (!) and friendship with Hitler. He is known to have offered advice and encouragement to Hitler and his Nazi Party to undertake the Jewish Holocaust."

    A few months ago an auction was being arranged in Europe of Gandhi's letters and other artifacts corroborating the foregoing. Apparently, the Indian government with assistance from expatriate Indian businessmen muscled the auctioneers and put a stop to this auction.

    September 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  10. Pnm9pnm

    Dump the a fue more bales of the queens dope over bord an the that dope out the plan hach.pnm.

    September 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • Zwei Stein

      Ah...this is the English language version.

      September 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  11. krm1007 ©™

    Red Alert Alert !!! I just got an SMS this morning from our headquarter in Islamabad . General Muhamood said please stay away from posting anti-Indian, anti-religious posts, we are being watch by FBI and Department of Homeland Security on CNN blogs.

    September 30, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Reprinted With Permission ©

      We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

      I continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to India. Although Mies Van Der Rohe adopted this in an architectural context, its economic and political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. I concur with this approach and with an economic background find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. And that says a lot... in a negative way not only for a large unmanageable country like India but also for USA which is trying to prop it up against China. Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now.

      September 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  12. krm1007 ©™

    CHILD SOLDIERS OF INDIA

    India as a nation is facing a new problem concerning its children- emergence of children as soldiers in strife -torn states of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, AndhraPradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam. They are getting drawn into fighting both with rebel groups as well as security forces. What was considered a problem in African countries of Sudan, Sierra Leone and other countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal has become a reality for India too.

    According to human right activists the actual number of children recruited by state or non state groups as soldiers is not as obvious as in other countries but we know there is an increasing number of children being drawn into active combat.These children exposed to war and conflict are one of the most vulnerable groups often forced to witness or perpetrate combat atrocities. They are scarred for life, their childhood shattered.

    September 30, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  13. Ring of Fire Dude

    Should have tossed this POS out of the airplane over the ocean .

    September 30, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • Abdullo

      that could have arranged easily ! Give him a seat next to the emergency exit, with sign posted "Don't Pull This Leaver Or the Plane Would Explode", [make sure seat belt was removed due to religions reason]

      September 30, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

      Why?

      October 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  14. marine 01220

    Should have let him exit at 30000 feet see if his god is merciful

    September 30, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

      Is yours?

      October 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  15. Stephan

    This is a convicted criminal who is a killer, a terrorist, a spy and a threat to society. To consider him a victim is ludacris.
    I am shocked by anyone who thinks he should get any special treatment.

    September 30, 2012 at 2:03 am | Reply
    • RepZen

      lets see what you confess to after being locked up in Gitmo for 8 years. better yet lets throw your 15 year old son/daughter/nephew in there and see what we can get them to confess to. How about you stop to look at the whole story before commenting on something you know nothing about. Any REAL court in the world would have thrown out the charges against this man with the evidence that was used to convict him.

      September 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
      • FutureSEAL

        Really he killed a sgt in the army with a grenade why don't you go and be the afghani version of Jane Fonda

        September 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

      "Ludicris" is a crappy rapper. Ludicrous are your ramblings.

      October 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • M. Atkinson

      This kid was 15 years old and unfortunately born into an insane/extremist family. He was taken to Afghanistan by his family at a very young age (10-12 years old) - not choice given him. THIS IS A CHILD SOLDIER! He never should have been in Gitmo to begin with; and the Canadian government(s) should be ashamed to have left him there for so long. I'm hopeful he will be paroled as soon as possible so that he can hopefully get some kind of life going for him. Even now his mother and sister are doing him no favours - it would have been more appropriate to have them in Gitmo - not this unfortunate kid.

      October 2, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
  16. George Patton

    I am VERY concerned about future of Omar Khadr's in Canada. With terrorist record what would he do when he comes out? I strongly feel he should be offer a new ID, something like government whiteness protection program, to protect him from racist Canadians and make some financial arrangement so he can survive !!

    September 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • jonny

      well george he can live with you and your family, while your at it you can support the rest of his tax sucking terrorist family as well.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply
  17. Andy

    Now this bearded terrorist wants to sue the Canadian government for 10 million.

    September 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      i hope he wins 10 millions or gets some sort of settlement for the torchers he went through while he was in captivity of American illegal prison GITMO.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
      • M. Atkinson

        George, so do I. He will have earned every penney and more. Two Canadian governments turned their backs on this child - Liberal and Conservative. The rhetoric is dreadful to behold since his return on the weekend and the bias on the CBC Television station in particular is disgusting. All the kid wants to do is go to school and learn and I do hope he gets that opportunity.

        October 2, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

      So?

      October 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  18. jonny

    May this POS rot in jail the rest of his life, i would love to see the rest of the parasite family deported back to their beloved pakastan. Really like the drone practice idea.

    September 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      You like it or not this "POS" will be a hero to many Canadian Muslims, if not openly, and will live in a million dollar house. While you will be posting same hate mails collecting government checks.

      September 30, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
      • jonny

        so even you his supporter call him a POS LOL TO FUNNY WITH SUPPORTERS LIKE YOU HE HARDLY NEEDS ANY MORE ENEMYS LOL

        September 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
      • I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

        jonny, I see comprehension's not your thing.

        LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL.

        October 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  19. Ruster

    Read about this guy on Wikipedia – very, very messy case.

    September 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  20. Pnm9pnm

    An cant Fide his way home to much pot smoke.pnm.

    September 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Ruster

      Pnm9pnm – indulge a bit yourself, do you?

      September 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
      • Pnm9pnm

        me him in Gitmo good time now way home to much pot smoke.pnm.

        September 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  21. majav

    In 2002 he was 15 years old. War. What is it good for? Plenty of young US soldiers kill with impunity. Had the kid been on the winning side, PM Harper may have put a medal on this kid. Is murder and killing ever justified? End war now. Murder never needs to be politicized, murder needs to stop. We must ask ourselves- what are we really doing in Afghanistan- of all places???

    September 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  22. AC

    I could understand the actions of this fellow if he was a native in Afghanistan, living there minding his goats and got invaded. However, this guy was a Canadian resident/citizen. He had no business taking part in the conflict. Why should Canada protect him? Not that I agree with the torture going on Gitmo or anywhere else. If his family was involved they all should be sent back to Afghanistan.

    September 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  23. Karen

    Many Canadians also feel that Omar Khadr is a victim. He was forced to be a soldier as a child, was tortured, and confessed to keep from being held indefinitely. I am glad he is home, and hope he gets the help he needs after being held in prison for a decade.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • jonny

      He and his family are canadians of convenience they out right said it on the cbc interview how they ahte the west and canada. Your response is only viewed as weakness by the likes of these cowardly tax sucking parasites.

      September 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
      • Andy

        Exactly Jonny.

        September 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • karen

        You'r a typical biased Canadian. I am a Canadian of Pakistani origin and I love Canada.

        September 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
      • I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

        "Tax-sucking parasites".

        You mean like the White House and the Pentagon?

        October 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
      • Canada

        We are glad to have you Karen. You are as Canadian as I as far as I'm concerned. The Biased Canadians are fed by foreign policy and the media message, especially when in times of war with Jihad. It is obviously unfair to lump everyone together, that's what makes this battle so difficult. stereotyping can also comes from completely nice people that are just frusterated with the antics of the middle-east. it is miss-directed. Newly Canadian citizens can help by adopting the moral compass and values of Canada.

        October 2, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • jonny

      So i am biased WHY BEACUSE I SPEAK FREELY WHAT I THINK as of now it is still legal to do so in canada. Besides did you not watch the CBC interview the mother replyed how she hates canada and the west but takes our tax money and all the benifits of being a canadian. Hates us yet pulls all the stops to rake in all the benifits they can. India should have left the terrorist father in jail to rot then mabye none of this would have happened but our liberal PM at the time had to get him out as he was a canadian as well another CANADIAN OF CONVINENCE SHOWING HIS TRUE COLARS.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • Canada

      I don't care who this guy killed, yes he unfortunately was radicalized by his muslim family... and yes they are here in Canada for opportunity, many radicals are opportunists, but we DO NOT torture for any reason or subject anyone to questionable detaining. He may one day enter the fight again (unlikely as we're keeping tabs) but at least he'll know we're Canadian and we stand up even for those that despise our nation. That's what keeping to the bond of citizenship is. America needs to do some soul searching, take a step back and look.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
  24. danny

    his father and familly are all a bunch of cowardly muslum quacks. send the lot of them back to a clay hut in tora bora and use it for drone practise. I am proud as a canaadian to boarder such a great country as the usa.
    I am sorry this guy hides behind our flag and that our government cares about him.

    September 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • jonny

      well said

      September 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Omar Khadr is as Canadian as you are.

      September 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
      • jonny

        Send him and his family back to pakistan along with his whole family, they are not loyal to this country or its values, YOU KNOW LIKE FREE SPEECH, DRAW A CARTOON OR A CRAPPY MOVIE AND THEY ALL FREAK,O AND BY THE WAY HIS TERRORIST BROTHER WAS ON THE NEWS WITH ALL THE REST OF THE LOSERS IN FRONT OF THE US EMBASSY LAST WEEK TELLING CANADIANS WHAT TO SAY AND WHAT TO THINK SEEMS YOU SUPPORT THIS.

        September 30, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  25. George Patton

    These guys whether they're guilty or not, do deserve not to be tortured as is the case at Gitmo. Their tormentors need to be held accountable for their actions too, but won't be. Let's just hope that they'll be better treated in Canada. I realize that many people here hate these guys and wish only the worst for them. Hate begets hate and this vicious cycle needs to be broken once and for all!!!

    September 29, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • Canada

      The most sensible comment on here. We will treat him better, he'll be let out soon, and we can only hope he remembers that. Many here feel our Justice system is a joke... and many times I find it is. but we're not for retribution but rehabilitation...which is gunna be tough for a radicalized muslim. But what else can we do without sacrificing who we are and what our morals are. It's what seperates us from them.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply

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