Posts Tagged ‘torture’

Stephen Harper vs. Canadian Law – The case of Omar Khadr.

After supporting the U.S. administrations (past and present) illegal detention and torture of Omar Khadr, Stephen Harper has finally been forced to help repatriate him:

“The Federal Appeal Court upheld a ruling Friday that ordered the Canadian government to press for the return of Omar Khadr from a U.S. military detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…

… the Appeal Court agreed with O’Reilly that Canada had an obligation to take steps to “protect Khadr from further abuse” and that by refusing to request his repatriation, his charter rights were also violated.”

Where does this leave Omar Khadr? In jail… But at least now Canada can’t contribute to his abuse, and they have to “try” to repatriate him.

The courts have given me some hope, but then I think about a kid spending seven years in a foreign jail, being threatened with rape and urine, interrogated, kept in solitary confinement, deprived of sleep, etc…   well shit… this is why people ignore it all isnt it? It’s just too damn disgusting to imagine. So when Harper is forced to see whats going on, given that hes paid as Prime Minister and it’s his job, how did he turn a blind eye so easily? What kind of person does that?

[and as if he just turned a blind eye, he actually appealed the first decision and did everything he could NOT to help… this wasn’t lazyness, he is one of many *directly* responsible for keeping Khadr locked up this long!]

[and canada’s most biased news source has killed all coverage of this for some reason –> If you are looking for a good anthro project, we need studies on how canadian media companies manipulate the news!]

Things that are hard to talk about,

Omar Khadr – Why isn’t he being set free? And why won’t the national post publish my comment supporting his lawyers who are trying to rescue him from hell? Reading the National post is quite scary, I find the reader commentaries are insane. Not just thoughtless, but terrifying, in the way people just go with path of least resistance. Somehow supporting a 15 year old kid who got caught up in a bad scene is beyond the morality of most National Post commentators. They do however, express a lot of sympathy for Sir Conrad Black! (why not.. but lets give Omar some too?)

It brings up the point that we aren’t a very open society, and there are very good reasons for keeping private. On this Omar Khadr issue though, it just feels wrong blogging about nonsense while so many people are turning a blind eye to unethical behavior [particularly Stephen Harper].

Okay thats enough politics from me. I’ll file this next to the emo rants section, and try to stay on focus to get this blog geared towards research.

Oh yes, and for an interesting look into the brains behind the CIA – check this new fear propoganda out – please define a “Western” appearance please.

“”(They) look western (and) would be able to come into this country without attracting the kinds of attention that others might,” Hayden said, without offering further details.”

I wonder what anthropologists and sociologists have contributed to American intelligence so far… Maybe Al Qaeda and the US Army are learning from