Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Backlash Against $10.5 Million Deal To Khadr!


Scheer Rejects Trudeau's Ridiculous Accusations! Over And Over...
Published on Jul 21, 2017
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer completely dismantles the media bombardment of the Liberals ridiculous accusations that the Conservatives are compromising or "campaigning" against Trudeau's NAFTA negotiations with the U.S. by appearing on U.S.

media to talk about Trudeau's decision to award convicted terrorist Omar Khadr $10.5M. Here:
This is Trudeau's desperate attempt to deflect and silence Canadians outrage over the Khadr decision.

Khadr payoff dogs Trudeau at Calgary Stampede
Rebel Media
Published on Jul 17, 2017
Brian Lilley reports, no matter how many times Trudeau and a compliant media try to change the subject, the Khadr payout keeps coming up, even following him to the Calgary Stampede. MORE:
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Trudeau gave terrorist Khadr $10,000,000. Let's pay for college for his victim's fatherless kids.

Canadians united against Trudeau's Khadr payout
Published on Jul 12, 2017
Jerry Agar looks into a poll that shows that Canadians from all partisan stripes are opposed to Trudeau giving Omar Khadr $10.5 million. MORE:
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Scheer vows to "get tough" on Liberals over "disgusting" Khadr payout
Rebel Media
Published on Jul 10, 2017
Holly Nicholas reports, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer vows to get tough on the Liberals over the Omar Khadr decision he calls “disgusting.” Watch as Holly reports on the opposition leaders comments on the Khadr payout. MORE:

Ex-U.S. soldier says Trudeau is a Khadr 'groupie'
CBC News
Published on Jul 10, 2017
Layne Morris, a retired special forces sergeant who was blinded in one eye during the 2002 firefight involving Omar Khadr, expresses frustration with Canada's settlement and payout to the former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Omar Khadr speaks, but reporters' questions were more revealing
Rebel Media
Published on May 8, 2015

Ezra Levant of notes that it was a day Al-Qaeda has been looking forward to for years: the release of admitted terrorist Omar Khadr to a cheering Canadian media and his progressive cheerleaders.

What Khadr told the media yesterday was important, but not as revealing as the sorts of questions journalists asked him -- and didn't.

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Omar Khadr $10.5-Million Settlement Already Paid Out: Source
The government has formally apologized to the former Guantanamo Bay inmate.
Jim Bronskill, Canadian Press
Omar Khadr smiles at his lawyer Dennis Edney, left, as he answers questions during a news conference after being released on bail in Edmonton on May 7, 2015.
OTTAWA — The federal government apologized Friday to Omar Khadr, sparking fresh public debate about the former Guantanamo Bay inmate and a new round of political finger-pointing in a long-running drama that has left Canadians deeply divided.
After the apology to the Toronto-born Khadr was released on paper, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale emerged to confirm the two sides had reached a settlement — and to acknowledge that it would not please everyone.
"The debate will no doubt continue passionately on all sides," Goodale told a news conference on Parliament Hill. "It is a complex saga."
Khadr wound up in U.S. custody at Guantanamo at age 15 for allegedly throwing a grenade that killed American soldier Christopher Speer in Afghanistan in 2002. He pleaded guilty to five war crimes — including killing Speer — before a military commission, a process that has since been widely condemned.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that the Canadian government's participation in the "then-illegal military regime" at Guantanamo breached Khadr's guarantee of fundamental justice under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Khadr, now 30, says his captors repeatedly threatened him with rape, isolated him and on one occasion used him as a human mop to wipe up urine.’
Records show they deprived Khadr of sleep by moving him from cell to cell, a practice known as the "frequent flyer program" designed to break down resistance to interrogation.
In February and September 2003, officials from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Foreign Affairs questioned Khadr at Guantanamo and shared the results of their interrogations with the Americans.
A Foreign Affairs official interviewed him again in March 2004, knowing he had been subjected to the "frequent flyer" treatment. This time, Khadr refused to answer questions.
The Supreme Court said the interrogations offended "the most basic Canadian standards" about the treatment of young detainees.
Khadr was transferred to a Canadian prison in 2012.
The federal apology, delivered Friday in a terse statement, did not mention financial compensation, but followed reports of a controversial $10.5-million settlement of Khadr's long-standing lawsuit.
"On behalf of the government of Canada, we wish to apologize to Mr. Khadr for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to his ordeal abroad and any resulting harm," the statement reads.
"We hope that this expression, and the negotiated settlement reached with the government, will assist him in his efforts to begin a new and hopeful chapter in his life with his fellow Canadians.
"The details of the settlement are confidential between Mr. Khadr and the government."
Word this week that the government was planning to pay Khadr and issue an apology sparked anger among many Canadians who consider him an unrepentant terrorist who is now profiting from his crimes, at the expense of taxpayers.
Feds blame former government
Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould repeatedly drove home the point that regardless of the truth of what happened on the Afghan battlefield, the settlement dealt exclusively with the fact Khadr's charter rights were violated.
"Reaching a settlement was the only sensible course," said Goodale. "In the pursuit of justice and national security, governments must respect human rights and charter rights and the rule of law."
Goodale also laid the blame for the settlement squarely at the feet of Stephen Harper's former Conservative government, which refused to repatriate Khadr or otherwise resolve the matter, notwithstanding the Supreme Court ruling.
"They could have," he said, "but they didn't."
Court proceedings with respect to Khadr had already cost taxpayers close to $5 million in legal expenses, and not settling the case would have left them on the hook for millions more, Goodale said.
Added Wilson-Raybould: "A Canadian citizen's charter rights were violated; as a result, the government of Canada was required to provide a remedy."
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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called the settlement "disgusting," saying Khadr's return to Canada should have been remedy enough.
"Justin Trudeau should never have agreed to a secret deal that gave a convicted terrorist millions of dollars," he said Friday. "As prime minister, I would have fought against this payout in court."
NDP justice critic Alistair MacGregor took precisely the opposite position, and blamed both the Liberals and the Tories in equal measure.
"Successive Liberal and Conservative governments failed to uphold Omar Khadr's rights under Canadian law and instead were complicit in the violation of Mr. Khadr's constitutional rights," he said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source familiar with the situation told The Canadian Press that the government wanted to make the financial payment to Khadr promptly to get ahead of a massive U.S. court award against him.
"The money has been paid," the source said.
Two years ago, Speer's widow Tabitha and Layne Morris, another U.S. soldier who was injured in the battle, won a US$134.1-million default judgment against Khadr in court in Utah.
Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for the prime minister, denied the timing of the settlement had anything to do with U.S. proceedings.
Supporters have also long pointed to the fact that Khadr was just 15 when he committed the acts he confessed to — and therefore he should have been treated as a child soldier in need of protection, not prosecution.
In a statement issued shortly after the apology was released, Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, savaged the way his client was treated by the Harper government.
"Omar Khadr was abandoned in a hellish place called Guantanamo Bay, for 10 years, a place internationally condemned as a torture chamber," said Edney.
Officials in the Conservative government, he continued, "choose not to face the truth, preferring to trade in bigotry and divisiveness."
Word of Khadr $10.5-million deal sparks fury
By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Jul 04, 2017
Omar Khadr leaves court after a judge ruled to relax bail conditions in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Ottawa is set to make a 10.5-million-dollar settlement and formally apologize to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Khadr. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Amber Bracken - The Canadian Press, 2017
TORONTO — Word that the federal government has agreed to pay former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr more than $10 million and apologize to him to settle a long-running lawsuit sparked a furious and at times virulent reaction on Tuesday among those who see him as a terrorist killer and those who believe he deserves compensation.
The settlement, confirmed by sources familiar with the deal, exposed the deep chasm that has divided Canadians over Khadr almost since 2002 when he was dragged horrifically wounded as a 15-year-old from the battlefield in Afghanistan.
"When a Canadian soldier is injured in battle, the government provides a disability award up to a maximum of $360,000," Conservative MP Michelle Rempel said in a tweet. "Despite this, the current government is willing to provide $10 million to a convicted terrorist."
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation started an online petition aimed at Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in Ireland, deploring the deal one source said was signed last week.
"This is offensive to many Canadians," the petition states. "Canadians should not be forced to pay millions of dollars to a killer."
Social media exploded with denunciation of the agreement, which sources said would see the government pay Khadr $10.5 million — part of which would go to his lawyers — and the justice and public safety ministers formally apologize to him.
Posters used words such as "disgraceful," some called for the Canadian citizen to be kicked out of the country, while others argued the money should go to the family of Chris Speer, the U.S. special forces soldier Khadr is alleged to have killed in 2002.
"Most Canadians' thoughts would be with Christopher Speer's widow and family, who are reliving their terrible ordeal once again because of the actions of the Canadian government this time," said Tony Clement, another Conservative MP.
The Toronto-born Khadr, 30, pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a much maligned military commission in 2010. He has claimed — with some evidence — his American captors tortured him.
Khadr's $20-million lawsuit — initially launched in 2004 — alleges the federal government breached his rights by, among other things, colluding with the Americans in his mistreatment.
Those who see him as a terribly abused "child soldier" called the apparent settlement long overdue.
"For 15 years, Omar Khadr's case has been a stark reminder of the many ways that an overreaching and unchecked approach to national security readily runs roughshod over universally protected human rights," Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty in Canada, said in a statement. "In Afghanistan, at Guantanamo Bay and in Canadian prisons, Omar Khadr's rights were consistently violated and ignored."
His supporters accused the Canadian government — particularly the previous Conservative government under then prime minister Stephen Harper — for failing to protect him.
"Good news re: Omar Khadr, who was a child caught up in war and abandoned by Canadian government at Gitmo torture-detention centre," one tweet read.
Khadr's lawyers and a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale refused to comment publicly on the agreement citing confidentiality. Trudeau, however, alluded to a pending deal.
"We are anticipating, like I think a number of people are, that that judicial process is coming to its conclusion," the prime minister said in Dublin, Ireland.
One source with knowledge of the agreement insisted the settlement money should not be seen as a windfall, noting Khadr is blind in one eye from injuries sustained when he was captured while his other eye remains damaged.
American troops captured the badly wounded Khadr after a fierce firefight at a suspected al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan in July 2002. Khadr was accused of throwing a grenade that killed Speer. Although the evidence was flimsy and lacked eye-witnesses, he pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included Speer's murder and was sentenced to a further eight years in custody. He later said he confessed to get out of Guantanamo Bay.
The youngest and last Western detainee held at the infamous American prison in Cuba was finally returned to Canada in 2012 and sent to a maximum-security prison. He won bail in Edmonton in May 2015 pending an appeal in the U.S. of his military commission conviction. The appeal remains stalled.
On his release, Khadr apologized to the families of the victims — as he had done at his plea hearing. He said he rejected violent jihad and wanted a fresh start. Lately, he has said he wanted to work as a nurse.
Speer's widow Tabitha Speer and retired American sergeant Layne Morris, who was blinded by a grenade at the Afghan compound, won a default US$134.2 million in damages against Khadr in Utah in 2015. Canadian experts called it unlikely the judgment could be enforced.
Neither Speer nor Morris returned calls seeking comment, but Morris's wife had only one word when told of the deal: "Wow."
In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadian intelligence officials had obtained evidence from Khadr under "oppressive circumstances," such as sleep deprivation, during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2003, and shared the evidence with U.S agents and prosecutors.
The Conservatives, however, steadfastly branded him an unrepentant terrorist.
Khadr's father, who took his family to Afghanistan, was a known associate of the late terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien once interceded with Pakistani authorities to free the elder Khadr, who was killed in October 2003 in a shootout with Pakistani security forces near the Afghanistan border.
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A U.S. judge granted $134.2 million in damages in 2015, but the plaintiffs acknowledged then that there was little chance they would collect any of the money from Khadr because he lives in Canada
By Judi McLeod —— Bio and Archives
July 4, 2017
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By choosing today for his stunning announcement, is Trudeau hoping to hoopla-hide that rather than the apology and $10 million he’s giving Omar Khadr, who pled guilty of killing U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer and blinding Sgt. 1st Class and Special Forces Engineer Layne Morris in his right eye during a 2002 firefight at an al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan, he should have recused himself from both apology and award?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was rooting for Khadr while he was still Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
The prime minister’s brother, documentary film maker Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau protested Khadr’s Guantanamo imprisonment for more than a decade, claiming that his imprisonment was “racist”.
“Trudeau had harsh words in an interview for the Canadian government’s handling of the case, saying it has been beset by “confusion, shame, weakness.” (CBC, Oct. 7, 2008 )
“He agreed with another speaker at the rally that a subtle form of racism also played a part.
“It’s racism being used as a tool to achieve strategic ends, racism being used as a tool to justify our occupation of certain countries, Afghanistan included. Racism is a form of fear.”
Khadr is not the first jihadist Sacha Trudeau wanted saved from the Canadian government.
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brother has written to a federal cabinet minister on behalf of Ottawa’s Mohamed Harkat, asking the Liberal government to continue its “sunny ways” by allowing the Algerian-born terror suspect to stay in Canada. (National Post, March 1, 2016)
“Alexandre Trudeau, a Montreal-based filmmaker, said he has a policy of not lobbying the Liberal government in any way, but decided to make an exception in the Harkat case because his involvement in the cause predated his older brother’s entry into politics.
“In his letter, dated Feb. 27, Trudeau appealed to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to halt the unfair security certificate process and end the government’s attempt to deport Harkat.
“I urge you to use your unique position as minister, and the discretion afforded to you under the law, to exempt Mohamed Harkat from deportation and let him stay and live a productive life in Canada,” Alexandre Trudeau wrote, adding: “Make this decision of yours another shining example of your government’s commitment to sunny ways.”The letter marks the first time that Trudeau, 42, has entered the political arena since his brother became prime minister in October.
“Harkat, 47, is now fighting deportation, and has enlisted the support of dozens of high-profile Canadians in that effort.
“Green Party leader Elizabeth May, former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis, torture victim Maher Arar, and Omar Khadr lawyer Dennis Edney are among those who have petitioned the government to end its ongoing attempt to deport Harkat.”
It’s not as if Alexandre is being kept at arm’s length from his brother the prime minister. He was an advisor to Justin’s 2012 campaign for leader of the Liberal Party. (National Post, Oct. 22. 2012)
From the get-go, the Canadian mainstream media presented Khadr, who was taken to Guantanamo and ultimately charged with war crimes by a military commission, as a “child soldier”.
Read here how this “child soldier” was raised by a family of terrorist supporters.
Thanks to both Justin and Sacha Trudeau, the “child soldier” now has 10 million Canadian taxpayer dollars to live the rest of his life in freedom, while U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer has no life,  and Sgt. 1st Class and Special Forces Engineer Layne Morris must spend the rest of his having been left blinded in his right eye.
“An official familiar with the deal said Tuesday that Omar Khadr will receive 10.5 million Canadian dollars (US$8 million). The official was not authorized to discuss the deal publicly before the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. The government and Khadr’s lawyers negotiated the deal last month.” AP, July 4, 2017)
“He pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included murder and was sentenced to eight years plus the time he had already spent in custody. 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.”
Nor was Sacha the only one in the Trudeau family rooting for Khadr.
“Omar Khadr needs to be treated the way we treat Canadians according to the rules that exist, according to the laws and principles that govern,” said JustinTrudeau, adding the former teen soldier should be treated like “any Canadian who as been incarcerated outside of the country.” (Toronto Sun, Aug. 30, 2013)
“We need to be fair to the way we treat Canadians, and if people don’t like the way the laws are now, well then, they need to change them,” Trudeau said.
“Trudeau made the remarks in Halifax Friday during a Nova Scotia tour supporting provincial Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil in a yet-to-be-called election.
“The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that Canadian intelligence officials obtained evidence from Khadr under “oppressive circumstances,” such as sleep deprivation, during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2003, and then shared that evidence with U.S officials.
“Khadr was the youngest and last Western detainee held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Guardian, July 4, 2017
“His lawyers filed a $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against the Canadian government, arguing the government violated international law by not protecting its own citizen and conspired with the U.S. in its abuse of Khadr. A spokesman for the justice minister and the prime minister’s office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.”
We don’t have to ponder why.
“The widow of Speer and another American soldier blinded by the grenade in Afghanistan filed a wrongful death and injury lawsuit against Khadr in 2014 fearing Khadr might get his hands on money from his $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit. A U.S. judge granted $134.2 million in damages in 2015, but the plaintiffs acknowledged then that there was little chance they would collect any of the money from Khadr because he lives in Canada.” (Guardian)
“Khadr’s lawyers have long said he was pushed into war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, whose family stayed with Osama bin Laden briefly when Omar Khadr was a boy. Khadr’s Egyptian-born father was killed in 2003 when a Pakistani military helicopter shelled the house where he was staying with senior al-Qaida operatives.”
“After his 2015 release from prison in Alberta, Omar Khadr apologized to the families of the victims. He said he rejects violent jihad and wants a fresh start to finish his education and work in health care. He currently resides in an apartment in Edmonton, Alberta.”
Meanwhile, the “sunny ways” Sacha Trudeau ascribes to Canadian Liberals, does not include The New York Times reported Justin Trudeau’s “war room” of “America whisperers” designed in part to find ways to work around Trump.”
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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh,, Drudge Report,, and Glenn Beck.
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