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Bill Longstaff: Congrats, Omar!

Omar Khadr is a living example of that old blues refrain, "If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all." Omar was born into a family of extremists who sent him off to fight with jihadists in Afghanistan at the tender age of 14 where he was seriously wounded and captured by the Americans. Despite being a child soldier, he was imprisoned, tortured and convicted of crimes in a kangaroo . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Congrats, Omar!

Bill Longstaff: Congrats, Omar!

Omar Khadr is a living example of that old blues refrain, "If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all." Omar was born into a family of extremists who sent him off to fight with jihadists in Afghanistan at the tender age of 14 where he was seriously wounded and captured by the Americans. Despite being a child soldier, he was imprisoned, tortured and convicted of crimes in a kangaroo . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Congrats, Omar!

Bill Longstaff: Omar Khadr’s trial lacked legal basis

After the way Omar Khadr has been persecuted by both the American government and ours, I wouldn’t have thought any more outrageous news of this sordid affair could emerge. But it has. After a hard-fought freedom of information case by the New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union, a court has ordered the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Omar Khadr’s trial lacked legal basis

Bill Longstaff: Omar sues

Justice has to date miserably failed Omar Khadr. It simply has not been a match for the vindictiveness of Washington and the callousness of Ottawa. Consequently his life continues to waste away in a federal maximum security prison.

But justice may yet have its day. Tagging along behind the relentless persecution of Omar is his . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Omar sues

Bill Longstaff: Why has Canada failed Omar Khadr?

The first responsibility of the state is to protect its citizens, particularly its children. The Canadian state has utterly failed that responsibility in the case of Omar Khadr.

Omar was the classic child soldier, formally identified as such by the head of the United Nations child soldier program. Indoctrinated in an extreme philosophy from birth, . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Why has Canada failed Omar Khadr?

Bill Longstaff: Is Omar Khadr an untermensch?

I have thought long and hard on why so many Canadians hold such a callous attitude toward Omar Khadr. Here is a young man who has spent his whole life as a pawn of others. Indoctrinated in an extremist philosophy throughout his childhood; sent to serve jihadists in Afghanistan when he entered his teens; severely . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Is Omar Khadr an untermensch?

Bill Longstaff: Coming home: Khadr vs. Black

One Canadian and one former Canadian have wanted very much to come home to this country. Both are convicted felons—one, Omar Khadr, remains incarcerated at Gauntanamo, Cuba, the other, Conrad Black, has been released and is now back in his house in Toronto. Both cases have been hotly debated, but while the federal government has . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Coming home: Khadr vs. Black