Back in July, we talked briefly about Omar Khadr, the now 22-year old Canadian citizen who was first brought to Guantanamo Bay at 15. Andy Worthington at Alternet.org and AndyWorthington.co.uk has been keeping track of all kinds of things going on at Gitmo and has paid very close attention to Kahdr’s case.
In short, Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade which killed an American soldier in Afghanistan. The only problem is that reports essentially indicate that he didn’t. The US Government has not abided by international protections set up for child soldiers and has denied Khadr treatment and aid for several injuries and medical conditions. He has also, of course, been subjected to interrogation, torture, and solitary confinement, even after his case was thrown out and he should have been released.
This is just a brief summary of Khadr’s situation. There are many, many disturbing details and a review of his case history is enlightening and frightening. If you care at all about the abuses our Constitution is taking, the frightening Military Commissions Act, and the “war on terror,” which cannot be helped by our actions at Gitmo, please go read Worthington’s latest piece at Alternet.org and then study his blog.