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DONALD BARTLETT: Khadr guilty of high treason

He became an enemy to Canada and forfeited all Canadian rights and citizenship

Published on July 13, 2017

Omar Khadr speaks to the media outside his new home after being granted bail in Edmonton on Thursday, May 7, 2015 in this CP file photo.

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I read Nathan Hood’s opinion Re: Omar Khadr. He is entitled to his opinion, so am I. Mr. Hood goes on at great length of Khadr’s imprisonment and torture while in detention.

He fails to mention that it was the authorities from the U.S.A. who imprisoned and tortured him.
So far as I am aware, Canadian authorities did not torture Khadr. They may have called him a liar but this is not torture.
Canadian authorities may also have released the results of their interrogations of Khadr to U.S authorities, whether or not this violated Khadr’s rights, I do not know for sure.
Let’s talk about Khadr’s rights. He was born a Canadian citizen and therefore enjoyed the rights and freedoms that all of us in Canada enjoy. But, in 2002 in Afghanistan, all that changed.
The U.S.A. was at war in Afghanistan and Canadian troops were also there as allies.
At 15 years of age, Omar Khadr made a conscientious decision to assist in making bombs and take up arms against U.S. soldiers and therefore Canada as well. (His father and brother had also tutored him.)
By making these decisions, Khadr became an enemy to Canada and in my opinion forfeited all of his Canadian rights and his Canadian citizenship.
This something that could be considered like the Old English Common Law tradition (it is a law but not written down).
Khadr should be prosecuted with high treason under the Criminal Code of Canada. But instead, we, the Canadian taxpayer, are giving him an apology and $10.5 million.
What a disgrace.
One thing all Canadians should remember – when they think of the name Omar Khadr, think of the word traitor.
My father served in the Second World War and was a hero, as were all the men and women who fought for Canada in all of her wars. My dad’s medals hang proudly in our home. If he were alive today, he would absolutely return his medals to the Canadian government - in absolute disgust.
Apparently about 70 per cent of Canadians feel the Government of Canada made the wrong call. So they are definitely not speaking on behalf of all Canadians.

- Donald Bartlett of Charlottetown is the son of a Canadian veteran of the Second World War