Nobody Tortured Omar, Judge says

(2PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

So sorry to harsh anybody’s Friday night buzz but here’s a doozey of a buzzkill for ya.  My apologies. I’m just sick and in tears … This ruling was official a couple of weeks ago but only made publicly available [9 page PDF] this morning, and of course Carol Rosenberg is on it.

An Army interrogator’s tale of gang rape in an American prison didn’t coerce Canadian captive Omar Khadr to confess to anything while he was held as a teen terror suspect in Afghanistan, a military commissions judge said in a Guantánamo war court ruling made public Friday.

Army Col. Patrick Parrish, the judge, also found “no credible evidence” of torture in the U.S. military’s interrogations of the Toronto-born Khadr, who was nearly dead when captured in a Special Forces raid on a suspected al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan in 2002.

“While the accused was 15 years old at the time he was captured, he was not immature for his age,” Parrish wrote in a nine-page ruling dated Tuesday.

In it, the judge rejected a defense request to exclude Khadr’s confessions to U.S. interrogators from his war crimes trial on grounds of coercion and torture.


“There is no credible evidence that the accused was ever tortured,” the judge wrote, “even using a liberal interpretation considering the accused’s age.”


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EDIT: Just saw that emptywheel has a fresh piece up at FDL

So the guy running the Kangaroo Court for this child soldier has decided that rape threats do not constitute a threat of severe pain or suffering.

and now back to your regular programming….


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    • jamess on August 21, 2010 at 3:28 am

    grind differently,

    depending on which side of the scales your on.

    Significance vs Not-so-Much

    It’s a travesty,

    funded by our Tax Dollars.

    very disturbing instead.

    Such is the Price of Empire.

  2. …. any subsequent actions are  tender mercies  

    • banger on August 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    One of the things that both interest me and horrify me is torture and cruelty. It is very personal for me.

    The reason why the authorities choose to prosecute these prisoners in the way they do is to inspire fear and revulsion in the eyes of others. This is because they worship fear, pain and coercion for its own sake as a kind of aesthetic. The “practical” reasons behind all that are just a screen for the joys of mistreating other people–any excuse would do for them. The national security apparatus is built around this notion and it is why it must be stopped and disbanded.

    The whole 9/11 myth allows people to project their evil unto others–if it didn’t exist there would have to be something equivalent.  

  3. Violence is a dead end. It is a sign neither of courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children or to blow up old women on a bus. That’s not how moral authority is claimed, that’s how it is surrendered.

    BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jun. 4, 2009

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