When Is A Terrorist A Terrorist?

Omar Khadr was a fifteen year old boy who found himself in Afghanstan involved in a war for which he was ill prepared. Somehow, he got himself caught in a fire fight, and the remainder of what happened on that day is still unclear. American military sources claim the boy thew a grenade at a sergeant while other witnesses claim the American soldier was inadvertently killed by friendly fire. An earlier decision by the US Supreme Court threw out the case but now the case is before a US Court of Appeals. The US government insists American courts have no jurisdiction over cases in Guantanamo. A military court ruled last year the judge in Kahdr’s case, Col. Peter Brownback, could determine on his own that Khadr is an “unlawful” enemy combatant and proceed with the case.

As Kahdr’s defense attorney, Lt. Col. William Kuebler commented: “This is an example of them selectively applying te law when it suits them.” The entire matter may be resolved in the coming months when the US Supreme Court takes up the issue of trials at Guantanamo prison.

International human rights groups have called particular attention to Khadr who was only fifteen at the time the incident occurred.

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