Thursday, July 17, 2008

Korny revives Republican rhetoric to defend Harper

C’mon Korny you can do better than this.

Kory Teneycke, Harper’s new director of communications accused Senator Romeo Dallaire of grandstanding and flip-flopping on the Khadr case.

Teneycke was responding to Dallaire’s comments placing the governments refusal to intervene on behalf of Omar Khadr squarely on Harper’s shoulders.
I believe it is purely the Prime Minister – his individual perspective, Dallaire said. He's the leader of the party and it is his imprint, not anybody else's.
According to Teneycke this week's videotape release does not change Harper's position. Nor will any future revelations made by Khadr's lawyers.
Trying people through the court of public opinion is no way for politicians to act. (Harper) feels, as any responsible leader feels, that politicians are not judges and that due process should be followed and there shouldn't be a separate process for high-profile cases.
Unfortunately Korny, there is no due process of law being followed in Gitmo, at least not by Canadian legal standards. Nor by the standards of the US Supreme Court or by the legal standards of other western nations.
The idea of bringing charges against him (Khadr) would be technically feasible, but practically not a good option," said Wesley Wark, a University of Toronto professor and expert on security issues.

Any evidence that might potentially come into a court case of this kind might be challenged and ultimately dismissed.

U.S. military commissions allow evidence to be produced that was secured under cruel or degrading or inhumane treatment, but Canadian law wouldn't allow that.
The responsible leaders of the other western nations who had citizens from Guantanamo, including the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Australia have all secured their release, with only Spain and France even attempting a trial.

In neither case did the defendants serve additional time.

As both Harper and Korny well know, Canada has other options besides a trial to ensure Mr. Khadr is not a threat to public safety.
There is nothing stopping Canada's security services to continue to monitor Omar Khadr through surveillance and the like, Prof. Forcese a University of Ottawa law professor said. They don't need some sort of extra special legal power to do so, so to suggest that his repatriation to Canada equals impunity is misstating the law.

Indefinitely monitoring Mr. Khadr would be expensive, according to Prof. Wark, who noted another option would be to ask a judge for a peace bond, or an order imposing restrictions on Mr. Khadr's activities and associates.

A peace bond can't be so draconian as to amount to house arrest, but they can be quite stringent in terms of who [suspects] can consort with and what kind of jobs they can have and what kind of technology they can use, Prof. Forcese said.

That's a possibility that doesn't even involve a prosecution.
Unfortunately Korny the cat's out of the bag. The whole world now realizes that there is no due process of law going on in Guantanamo. The responsible leaders of the other western countries have responded and the only person stopping Canada from doing the right thing is your boss Harper.

And using tired old Republican rhetoric to attack the messenger doesn't change that fact.


C'mon Korny start setting up Harper's policy change, you know it's coming.



References and quotes from the Star here and the National Post here.


3 comments:

Beijing York said...

Excellent post. That's quite the list of options we have available. So much for Harper's idiotic response that we don't have an appropriate judicial process in Canada.

I figure the only way he'll change his mind is if Bush tells him too. How unfortunate for Khadr and all of us.

Muslims Against Sharia said...

Lt.C. Ralph Peters on Omar Khadr Gitmo Tape: "We should have killed that punk on a battlefield where it was legal to do so!"

Watch video at http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2008/07/ltc-ralph-peters-on-omar-khadr-gitmo.html

Muslims Against Sharia said...

Hypocrisy of the "Repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada" Movement

As soon as the Gitmo interrogation tape of Omar Khadr hit the Internet, the blogosphere was flooded with demands to repatriate him to Canada. This wave is reminiscent of a Soviet campaign to free Luis Corvalán from the "fascist regime" of Augusto Pinochet thirty five years ago. The scenario is strikingly similar. A "victim" held by "fascist regimes" this time run by Bush and Harper, and a public outcry for justice. Except for the fact that Luis Corvalán didn't kill anyone and didn't fight for a terrorist group that wants to impose Sharia.

The "repatriate Khadr" crowd describes him as "a child", "a kid", "a boy", and even "a torture victim", with no facts to substantiate the torture claims notwithstanding. They complain about Khadr being mistreated, again, without anything to back up their claims. Some of them are outraged about "child abuse." And they all scream for justice.

They want justice? OK, let's talk about JUSTICE. What about justice for Sgt. First Class Christopher J. Speer, who was (according to an eyewitness) murdered by this "child"? What about justice for Tabitha Speer, who is a widow because of this "kid"? What about justice for Taryn and Tanner Speer, who are left without a father by this "a boy"? And what about all those Afghani civilians and NATO troops who are a little bit safer because this "torture victim" is behind bars? How many of these "repatriate Khadr" hypocrites concern themselves with justice for real victims? In literally hundreds of posts, we couldn't find a single one.

One would ask, what is the reason for this idiocy? The answer is simple. Ignorance. Complete and utter ignorance. Let's forget for a second that Omar Khadr killed Christopher Speer. Let's forget that Khadr's father was an al Qaeda financier. Let's forget that Khadr's family is known for it being al Qaeda sympathizers. Let's just remember what this "child" was fighting for in Afghanistan.

This is what Taliban-imposed Sharia looks like in real life: http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2000/07/hypocrisy-of-repatriate-omar-khadr-to.html

Why don't all of you, bleeding heart demagogues go to Afghanistan and spend a day in a Taliban-controlled territory? And let's talk about Khadr when you get back. If you get back.