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Monday, January 09, 2006 

15 yr old Canadian Kid held by US for last 4 yrs - tortured

Via Toronto Star
Only 15 at the time U.S. troops took him prisoner, for the past three years Khadr has been held in solitary confinement, virtually incommunicado, without charge, and subject to torture and abuse during continuous interrogation by his captors.

The U.S. has now charged Khadr with alleged war crimes, and plans to try him before a military commission beginning Wednesday. Despite international condemnation of the commission as fundamentally unfair, the Canadian government, regrettably, has kept silent on Khadr's prosecution.

What is at stake on Wednesday is not only Khadr's future, but Canada's reputation as a defender of human rights and the rule of law.

When the military commission commences, Khadr will become the first individual in the modern history of any international tribunal, to be tried for war crimes for conduct allegedly committed as a juvenile.

This ignoble precedent of prosecuting children for war crimes — something not done at Nuremburg after World War II, in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, or Sierra Leone, Kosovo or East Timor — will be established through American prosecution of a Canadian child.

This is the kind of stuff that really turns my stomach. An administration willing to torture children (3 yrs in solitary confinement is torture, not to mention these other more gruesome incidents of child torture listed in my previous post "Ignorance is not an Excuse") is not something I can be proud of. It agonizes me that my tax dollars fund this.

When is our media going to pick up on these stories? Come on already. This is wrong. This is UNAmerican
....These deficiencies in the military commission, and many others, expose the lie of the Bush administration's promise that Khadr is innocent until proven guilty. No matter how they dress it up, the military commission is still a sham.

The military commissions have been roundly condemned by human rights organizations, and even by foreign governments.

Britain stated unambiguously its belief that the commissions were "unacceptable" for their failure to meet international standards. As British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith said, "There are certain principles on which there can be no compromise ... Fair trial is one of those." Subsequently, all nine Britons at Guantanamo, including two designated for military commissions, were released.
The Toronto Star is asking Canadians to speak up and demand justice - but it is about time that we ALL start speaking up. This is a giant stain on the America and the priniciples our forefathers fought and died for.

Some other Accounts of Child Torture by US:
A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees – some as young as 10 – are also being subjected to rape and torture

Seymour Hersh, the New Yorker reporter who first broke the story of torture at Abu Ghraib, recently spoke... He has seen the pictures and the videotapes the American media has not yet shown. "The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling, and the worst part is the soundtrack, of the boys shrieking," said Hersh. "And this is your government at war."

According to Rolling Stone, Abu Hamid is the name of the translator who raped the teenage boy. "I saw Abu Hamid, who was wearing the military uniform, putting his dick in the little kid's ass," reads Rolling Stone's July 28 story

Come on people, if you do not speak up against this, if you sit back and do nothing, you are just as guilty as those actually commiting these heinious acts. We need to spread the word and stop putting our heads in the sand. How can we live with ourselves if we don't?And for those of you who think these are isolated incidents by a few bad apples, don't forget to take a look at the Bush Administrations torture memos.

And listen to what Presidential Legal Advisor John Yoo has to say about torture when confronted by legl scholar Doug Cassel:

Cassel: If the president deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him?

Yoo: No treaty

Cassel: Also no law by Congress -- that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo...

Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.

So - yeah. They know they are torturing and raping children but they don't care. They wrote the law, they make the rules, they don't give a rats bum about right or wrong, morals or Christian ethics, these phonies only care about what is best for them. And what is best for them is not what is best for America.

Read: "Ignorance is not an Excuse" for my thoughts on and more accounts of child torture by the US.