Monday, November 19, 2007

Conservatives still in lockstep with Bush on Gitmo

A U.N. development on Khadr's case today, below. First, there's more reaction from Khadr's counsel today on the inappropriate release of the videotape of Khadr:
The lawyer for detained Canadian terror suspect Omar Khadr accused the U.S. government Monday of abusing the legal process after CBS News broadcast for the first time a controversial video recording which allegedly shows his client manufacturing explosive devices.

"I think it's outrageous that this tape has been released without the approval of the court," lawyer Dennis Edney said in a telephone interview from Edmonton.

Long seen as a key piece of evidence against Khadr in the eyes of the prosecution, Edney believes the U.S. government leaked the video after stalled proceedings prevented it from being shown in court.

The courtroom airing of the 12-minute tape, which allegedly shows a 15-year-old Khadr planting land mines and assembling bomb timers, was delayed during a hearing Nov. 8. The recording was broadcast Sunday on the CBS newsmagazine show 60 Minutes.
And his U.S. lawyer, while less concerned about the tape, does nevertheless agree with the Canadian lawyer:
Kuebler said the prosecution was eager to make the recording public in order to justify the accusations against Khadr, who is currently being detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after being captured in Afghanistan five years ago.

"They were desperate to show this videotape that they've been talking about for months, so that they could get the media and the press to see it," Kuebler said in a telephone interview Tuesday from London, England.
They can't win in an unconstitutional system, thus the extra-courtroom techniques such as leaking a prejudicial videotape. Par for the course for the shameful American process.

Also of note today, the UN is getting in on pressuring the U.S. government:
The United Nations has launched a formal protest with the United States over its decision to try Canadian terrorism suspect Omar Khadr, who was 15 years old when captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
And Khadr's lawyer is blasting away at Canada again, as we deserve:
Khadr's lawyers said Monday they were buoyed by Coomaraswamy's intervention.

The UN's concern "shows that the international community views Omar as a child soldier, deserving of the rights and protections afforded to former child soldiers under international law," said Lt.-Cmdr. William Kuebler, the military defence lawyer detailed to Khadr's case.

"It also shows the potential for damage to Canada's international reputation as a champion of human rights and leader in efforts to protect children involved in armed conflict."

The federal government has not protested Khadr's detention or upcoming trial, citing the seriousness of the accusations against him.
The Conservative government is damaging our international reputation by walking in lockstep with the Americans on Gitmo, no doubt about it...