Federal Judge Denies Relief to Guantanamo Teenage Detainee

Canadian Omar Khadr, facing a military commissions trial, got no relief today in federal court when the judge refused to block his trial. Now 22, he's been held at Guantanamo since age 15 when captured during a gunfight in Afghanistan.

Khadr argued in pleadings in U.S. District Court that the Military Commissions Act doesn't give the military the ability to try juveniles. He also challenged his status as an "enemy combatant" saying U.S. law doesn't recognize juveniles as members of groups like al-Qaida; and he said that he should have been detained in "a rehabilitation and reintegration program appropriate for former child soldiers" instead of being mixed in with adults at Guantanamo Bay.

He has also alleged previously he was tortured. [More...]

Michelle Shephard, author of Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr (Wiley), provides reviews in today's Toronto Star of several books on Guantanamo. Among those recommended:

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    He's a minor. (none / 0) (#1)
    by No Blood for Hubris on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 10:29:04 PM EST
    What part of that don't they [expletive deleted] get?

    He was a minor... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 08:52:04 AM EST
    know he's an adult having spent a third of his life in our private hellhole we call Guantanamo.

    May god have mercy on our souls.


    He WAS a minor (none / 0) (#4)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 11:58:21 AM EST
    when he murdered the US soldier, he's now over 20.

    J's headline is somewhat misleading.


    again, if an "enemy combatant" (none / 0) (#3)
    by cpinva on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 03:05:31 AM EST
    can be held indefinitetly, regardless of the outcome of any trial, as the defense dept. asserts, that would seem to make these trials frauds on their face.

    aside from having something to point to and claim that "justice is being served", why bother? this strikes me as even more cynical than just holding them indefinitely, without the pretence.