By Michelle Shephard
A prize-winning journalist tells the troubling tale of Canadian Omar Khadr, who has spent 1 / 4 of his existence becoming up in Guantanamo Bay.
Khadr was once captured in Afghanistan in July 2002 on the age of 15. Accused through the Pentagon of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. soldier Sgt. first-class Christopher Speer, Khadr faces fees of conspiracy and homicide. His case is decided to be the 1st warfare crimes trial on the grounds that international warfare II.
In Guantanamo's Child, veteran reporter Michelle Shephard lines Khadr's roots in Canada, Pakistan and Afghanistan, turning out to be up surrounded through al Qaeda's elite. She examines how his despised relations, dubbed "Canada's First family members of Terrorism," has overshadowed his trial and left him on my own in the back of bars for greater than 5 years. Khadr's tale is going to the guts of what is improper with the U.S. administration's post-9/11 guidelines and why Canada is accountable by way of organization. His tale explains how the inability of due approach can create sufferers and result in retribution, and rather than justice, gasoline terrorism.
Michelle Shephard is a countrywide safety reporter for the Toronto Star and the recipient of Canada's most sensible journalism awards.
"You should be stunned, saddened and in spite of everything offended on the tale this web page turner of a booklet exposes. I learn it directly via and Omar Khadr's plight is one you can't forget."
—Michael Ratner, ny, President of the guts for Constitutional Rights
"Michelle Shephard's richly mentioned, good written account of Omar Khadr's trajectory from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the cells of Guantanamo is a microcosm of the bigger "war on terror" during which the teenaged Khadr both performed the position of a jihadist assassin or tragic pawn or, maybe, either roles."
—Peter Bergen, writer of Holy struggle, Inc. and The Osama bin weighted down I know
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