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.