Tortured Child To Boycott Military Commission Proceedings in First Trial under Obama

Why the Huffington Post will report the story below and not this story here, is no mystery. The left gate-keeping media don’t want you to know that there is good reason to question the official 9/11 story….with science, observation, and experiment.

And to all the Obama supportersGuantanamo was supposed to be closed a half year ago. (Let alone, it should never have been built, used, or funded.)

source: Huffington Post    July 19, 2010

Omar Khadr appeared before Military Judge Patrick Parrish in Guantanamo Bay this week to confirm his decision to fire his American legal team. He then stated that he plans to boycott the military commissions because he considers them “unfair” and “unjust.”

In explaining his decision, Khadr read from his own handwritten prepared statement that cited his objections to a proposed plea deal that would have had him admit guilt, saying that such a move would allow the U.S. government to use him to fulfill its goals and would provide the government with an excuse for torturing and abusing him as a child. Khadr asked how he could get justice from a process like the one found in the military commissions.

That’s a good question.

Khadr was captured at age 15 following a gunfight between U.S. forces and al Qaeda fighters in a remote part of Afghanistan. Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier. He has spent the last 8 years (about a third of his life) in U.S. custody and he claims that during that time he was subject to torture at both the Bagram detention facility and in Guantanamo.

He could face a life sentence if convicted.

Despite the gravity of his alleged crimes, it took three years for him to be charged before the military commissions and as his case has progressed over the past five years it has been subject to multiple changes in governing law and rules. Khadr has also had around a dozen different lawyers.

Most recently Khadr is reported to have been upset by the testimony of interrogators during a pre-trial suppression hearing to examine whether his statements should be excluded because they were the product of torture and abuse. At that hearing one interrogator admitted to telling a then-teenage Khadr a fictitious story about a young Afghan who was gang raped and killed in a U.S. prison.

This week’s hearing only further highlighted the problematic nature of the military commissions.

Judge Parrish started the morning by asking Khadr how he wanted to proceed. “I’m representing myself and I’m boycotting,” said Khadr. Despite a lack of clarity as to what this meant for legal purposes, the Judge started a line of questioning to assess whether Khadr was fit to proceed pro se.

In the federal courts there is precedent and case law to help inform this type of determination, but in the military commissions there is not. Given that Khadr is a former child soldier with limited schooling and a history of trauma, a finding that he is able to represent himself could have severe consequences.

The Judge asked Khadr if he had ever studied law or had legal training. The young detainee (he’s only 23) replied, “It doesn’t matter, it’s not going to make a difference.”

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