An ATP Report Production – On this episode Barry Nussbaum explains who is Omar Khadr and how he got $10million from the Canadian government after confessing to killing as a terrorist.
Welcome to Because You Asked, I’m Barry Nussbaum.
Several weeks ago, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau announced that he had authorized a payment of $10million Canadian to a convicted terrorist murderer named Omar Khadr. Today on Because You Asked, we will answer the question, what is the story of Omar Khadr and why is he now a free rich man?
Omar Ahmed Khadr is a Canadian citizen who was detained by the United States at Guantanamo Bay from the age of 16 and held for 10 years, during which he pleaded guilty to murder and war crimes.
Here’s why: after being born in Canada, Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, who was affiliated with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. On July 27, 2002, at age 15, Khadr was wounded in a firefight between U.S. soldiers and Taliban fighters in the village of Ayub Kheyl, during which Khadr threw a grenade that killed American medic Sergeant Christopher Speer and blinded U.S. special forces soldier Layne Morris in one eye.
After being captured and detained at Bagram Afghanistan, he was sent to Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
Khadr pleaded guilty to murder and multiple war crimes in October 2010 at a hearing before a United States military commission. He was the youngest prisoner and last western citizen to be held at Guantanamo Bay. Khadr agreed to an eight-year sentence with the possibility of a transfer to Canada after a minimum of one year. Khadr was the first person since World War II to be prosecuted in a military commission for war crimes committed while still a minor.
In 2013, Khadr filed a $20 million civil suit against the government of Canada for conspiring with the U.S. in abusing his rights. Khadr argued he had only signed the plea agreement because he believed it was the only way he could gain transfer from Guantanamo. In July 2017, as part of a settlement agreement, the Canadian government apologized to Khadr and agreed to pay a reported c$10.5 million in compensation to Khadr. I’m serious! A convicted terrorist who killed one U.S. soldier, and severely wounded another one, was paid $10million Canadian (which is about 20% less in U.S. dollars) and apologized to by the Prime Minister of Canada!
Khadr’s lawyers filed a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against the Canadian government seeking $20 million Canadian dollars, arguing that the government violated international law by not protecting its own citizen and conspired with the U.S. to abuse Khadr.
The settlement deal with Omar Khadr’s lawyers was based on a 2010 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that Canadian officials violated his rights at the U.S. base on Cuba, and Trudeau said that when the government violates anyone’s constitutional rights it has to pay.
“The charter of rights and freedoms protects all Canadians, every one of us, even when it is uncomfortable,” Trudeau told reporters at the G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, Germany. “This is not about the detail of the merits of the Khadr case. When the government violates any Canadian’s charter rights, we all end up paying for it.”
News of the multimillion-dollar payout to Khadr, whose case received international attention has angered many Canadians who consider him a terrorist.
Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to murder and other charges and was sentenced to eight years. He returned to Canada two years later to serve the remainder of his sentence and was released in May 2015 pending an appeal of his guilty plea, which he said was made under duress.
In a totally expected reaction, Tabitha Speer, widow of Christopher Speer who was killed by Khadr, filed an application to enforce a U.S. $134 million Utah judgment in Canada against Khadr.
U.S. special forces sergeant Layne Morris who was blinded by Khadr was outraged by the settlement saying it felt: ‘like a punch in the face. I don’t see this as anything but treason,’ he said, describing it was ‘something a traitor would do’ as he called for Prime Minister Trudeau to be charged. So obviously both the victims of the terrorist are outraged…what do the Canadian citizens think?
A poll was conducted by the Angus Reid Institute this week in the wake of news that the government had reached a financial settlement with Khadr and had apologized for the Canadian government’s role in his incarceration and “torture” at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison. Fully 71 per cent of respondents agreed the government had “done the wrong thing” and should have fought Khadr in court, where he was suing the government for $20 million for breaching his civil rights.
Sergeant Morris’ wife Leisl, said that Khadr’s transportation from Guantanamo to Canada in September 2012 was “just as secretive.”
“President Obama moved him in the middle of the night back to Canada and nobody even knew. He sure gets special treatment,” she said.
The special forces soldier said he doesn’t understand why the Canadian government would pay out to ‘the enemy’
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday defended his government’s apology and multimillion-dollar payment to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.
So why was the payout made? Prime Minister Trudeau used the courts as his excuse. The Canadian Supreme Court held that Canadian intelligence officials obtained evidence from Khadr under “oppressive circumstances” such as sleep deprivation during interrogations at Guantanamo and then shared that evidence with U.S. officials.
According to our Canadian source and friend, Leslie Ann Stoffel, ex-President Obama met in Montreal with Prime Minister Trudeau a few weeks ago just before the payout was announced!
Coincidence? Or perhaps the two pro-Islam leaders met to plan how to advance their progressive agendas?
One last thought, in numerous interviews Khadr has never apologized to his victims nor does he regret joining and fighting with the Taliban. He just wants to be left alone to enjoy freedom and his fortune!
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