Is US In Guantanamo Covering Up Kahadr Case?

Lawyers for Omar Khadr wo is charged with murdering a US soldier in Afghanistan are charging US military officials with attempting to cover up the twisted and distorted effort to get a conviction against a defendant who was 15 at the time of the alleged attack. Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler who heads the defense team bluntly stated: “It appears that the government killed that investigtion(a 2006 pre-trial investigation) precisely to keep the allegations or the evidence of Omar’s abuse at Bargram from coming to light. I think the government realized if they pulled the string on Omar’s reatment, the circumstances of the treatment in Bargram… that this case would have collapsed in 2006.” A Pentagon spokesperson said he could not comment on the circumstances of the investigation but insisted that any allegations of abuse are “thoroughly investigated.”

Lt. Cmdr. Kuebler has been fighting against tremendous odds to get a fair trial for his client and most probably has ruined his career in the military in so doing. The government claims a fifteen year old boy confessed to his crime. As Kuebler notes: “Picture a 15 year-old boy with those types of injuries being forced with his arms chained like this for extended periods of time in Bagram, and think about the effect that would have on him and his willingness to o-operate with his interrogators.”

There is no question this entire attempt to put on trial an indidvidual who was fifteen at the time of the alleged crime has been botched since day one. It is simply another effort by the Bush administration to prove those in Guantanamo are all “terrorists.”