Sunday, October 05, 2014
The Con Regime and the Outrageous Muzzling of Omar Khadr
Omar Khadr is Canada's most famous prisoner. Thousands of stories have been written about him all over the world.
So we know how the former child soldier was victimized by his family, the American military, and even his own government.
We know he was horribly wounded, then tortured, and that he has spent almost half his life behind bars or barbed wire.
But in those thirteen years this is the only time we ever heard his voice...
In a tape of an interrogation by CSIS agents in Guantanamo, which ends with the Canadian teenager moaning "Help me...help me...help me."
But so great is Stephen Harper's hate for him that STILL he would muzzle him.
Corrections Canada claims an interview with Omar Khadr would require unprecedented security precautions, including a prison lockdown, despite the fact that the 28-year-old often receives visitors and has been described as a model prisoner.
By getting his flunkies at Corrections Canada to distort the regulations in the most outrageous manner.
“Omar has seen a reduction of his security level from maximum to medium in the last year, and yet the government is suggesting it will require extraordinary security measures to allow him to speak to the media? No other prisoner would be gagged in this way,” said lawyer Patric Senson, who is representing the Star and other parties.
You know, I've written a lot of posts about the case of Omar Khadr. I've compared it to the Dreyfus case in France. I've called it a travesty of justice, and a shameful episode in this country's history.
And I've written about how appalled I was to see that so few Canadians supported him, because so many hated his family. As if that should have anything to do with it.
And even though in the opinion of everybody who has met him, from his Guantanamo guards to his teachers, he is not like his family.
He is a pleasant, gentle, friendly person...
And even though he is still riddled with shrapnel and blind in one eye, hopeful about a better future.
But to those who felt that way about him I always said, if you allow your blind prejudice to distort the laws of the land, one day they could be bent to convict and punish YOU.
If you allow a sadistic control freak like Stephen Harper to muzzle a Canadian child soldier, after allowing him to be tortured, he will think he can get away with ANYTHING.
And YOUR turn will come.
As it has for so many Canadians.
What was striking, when all the evidence was laid out, was how successful Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been in silencing individuals and agencies that challenge his ideology or track the impact of his decisions.
And what I would say now, is that when Corrections Canada makes political decisions to please their Harper Con masters, just so they can keep torturing a Canadian citizen on the altar of their rabid base, is that we're getting pretty close to living in a police state.
And of course, what I always say eh?
Free Omar Khadr.
Deliver us from shame.
And before he jails us all.
Please defeat this dangerous maniac...
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