Saturday, April 04, 2009

While you're asking...

The Conservatives may be walking a fine line here: "Canadian officials probe Khadr lawyer firing." The more they inquire into the circumstances of Lt.-Cmdr. Kuebler's dismissal as Khadr's lawyer, the more attention they draw to the fact that they themselves have abandoned Khadr to this questionable judicial process. The very process which allows for Khadr's principal military lawyer to be fired at a moment when the Obama team is reviewing Khadr's future.
Lt.-Cmdr. Kuebler had been preparing to submit material for a presidential committee reviewing Mr. Khadr's detention ahead of an April 15 deadline.

Losing Lt.-Cmdr. Kuebler is a “significant loss,” one source said.

“They'll be scrambling to put things together,” the source said. “I don't think it will be done adequately. I think he is going to be hurt.”
Here's the Cannon spokesthingy's line today:
"Canada has always insisted that Mr. Khadr has access to competent counsel of his choice," said Catherine Loubier.
By all means, make sure he has his counsel of choice at the politicized and extra-legal Guantanamo process that is winding down. That's the Conservative priority, not the larger substantive Guantanamo mess and extricating a Canadian citizen from it.

Let's hope that as they inquire about Khadr's representation they might be asked, well, while you Canadians are asking...why don't you just repatriate Mr. Khadr while you're at it?