The attorney for Omar Khadr charged at a pretrial hearing that a U.S. military commander altered a report on a firefight in Afghanistan to cast blame for the death of a Delta Force commando on a Canadian youth who was captured after the shooting stopped. Navy Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, made the allegation in order to gain access to to the officer who is identified only as Col. W. and Kuebler also wanted access to details about the interrogation process in order to clear his client of war-crime charges. Khadr is charged with throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier inJuly, 2002.
Kuebler charges the official report on the incident was revised to say a U.S. soldier had only “engaged” the assailant even though the report writen the day after the killing said the American had been killed by the man who threw the grenade and was subsequently shot. Army Col. Bruce Pagel, chief prosecutor, says the government doesn’t fabricate evidence and the information will be presented at the trial.
Kuebler has raised questions about statements Khadr, who was fifteen at the time, made to interrogators since he was still suffering from wounds when questioned. The defense attorney was furious information was not being given him in order to assist in defending his client.
I suspect the American people do not believe our government never alters evidence. After all, how did the war in Iraq begin?