Trial to Begin for Youngest Guantánamo Detainee

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Guantanamo detainee's feet are shackled to the floor as he attends a 'Life Skills' class. (Michelle Shepard/Getty)

Jury selection is set to get underway today in his controversial trial of 23-year-old Canadian Omar Khadr, the only Westerner remaining at the Guantánamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Khadr currently faces five charges of war crimes, including the fatal wounding of U.S. Delta Force soldier Christopher Speer in Afghanistan. Khadr has been imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay since the age of 15. This trial is the first war crimes trial under the Obama administration. 

We speak with the Toronto Star’s national security reporter Michelle Shephard, who joins us from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. And ACLU staff attorney Ben Wizner walks us through the differences and similarities between the Bush and Obama administrations when it comes to the treatment of detainees in Guantánamo Bay.

Guests:

Michelle Shephard and Ben Wizner

Comments [2]

Charles

What else? If The Takeaway is going to do a story on the terrorist killing of Delta Force Sgt. Chris Speer, who else but an ACLU attorney to provide the one and only side that an NPR audience could possibly want?

There is of course this website memorial to Sgt. Speer:

http://www.groups.sfahq.com/3rd/speer_kia.htm

And, had The Takeaway desired any sort of balance in this story, the producers might have considered one of the U.S. military's eyewitnesses to the terrorist ambush that killed Sgt. Speer and wounded others:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwAL_ehXmgg

Aug. 10 2010 03:18 PM
Charles

What else? If The Takeaway is going to do a story on the terrorist killing of Delta Force Sgt. Chris Speer, who else but an ACLU attorney to provide the one and only side that an NPR audience could possibly want?

There is of course this website memorial to Sgt. Speer:

http://www.groups.sfahq.com/3rd/speer_kia.htm

And, had The Takeaway desired any sort of balance in this story, the producers might have considered one of the U.S. military's eyewitnesses to the terrorist ambush that killed Sgt. Speer and wounded others:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwAL_ehXmgg

Aug. 10 2010 03:17 PM

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