Omar Khadr Pleads Guilty at Guantánamo

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In this sketch by Janet Hamlin, Canadian defendant Omar Khadr attends his hearing before the US military war crimes commission at Camp Justice in Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, on August 9, 2010. (JANET HAMLIN/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

His was one of the most divisive cases in the so-called war on terror. Now, Omar Khadr, the youngest and last Western detainee at Guantánamo Bay has pleaded guilty to committing war crimes. The 23 year old was originally detained when he was 15 years old; he has spent one-third of his life at Guantánamo Bay. According to the plea bargain, next year he will be sent back to his native Canada to serve the rest of his sentence, another eight years in prison.

Joining us to explain what his admission means for the future of Guantánamo is The Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg, who has been reporting on the court hearings from the Guantánamo Bay Navy Base.

Guests:

Carol Rosenberg

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

Charles

Wouldn't it have been nice, if at least once in this report, The Takeaway had remembered to at least just mention the name of Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, aged 28 of Pinehurst, North Carolina, whose death left a widow, Tabitha, and two little girls, Taryn and Tanner, who miss their father more than anything in the world.

It would have been even nicer if The Takeaway had remembered that Sgt. Speer, who was a special forces medic assigned to 3 SFG, had been reported, six days prior to his death, as having entered a minefield to rescue two Afghan children and apply a tourniquet to one of them.

That's my "Takeaway" today.

Oct. 26 2010 09:35 AM

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