Guantanamo's Child

Guantanamo's Child

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A prize-winning journalist tells the troubling story of Canadian Omar Khadr, who has spent a quarter of his life growing up in Guantanamo Bay. Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in July 2002 at the age of 15. Accused by the Pentagon of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. soldier Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, Khadr faces charges of conspiracy and murder. His case is set to be the first war crimes trial since World War II. In Guantanamo's Child, veteran reporter Michelle Shephard traces Khadr's roots in Canada, Pakistan and Afghanistan, growing up surrounded by al Qaeda's elite. She examines how his despised family, dubbed qCanada's First Family of Terrorism, q has overshadowed his trial and left him alone behind bars for more than five years. Khadr's story goes to the heart of what's wrong with the U.S. administration's post-9/11 policies and why Canada is guilty by association. His story explains how the lack of due process can create victims and lead to retribution, and instead of justice, fuel terrorism. Michelle Shephard is a national security reporter for the Toronto Star and the recipient of Canada's top two journalism awards. qYou will be shocked, saddened and in the end angry at the story this page turner of a book exposes. I read it straight through and Omar Khadr's plight is one you cannot forget.q a€”Michael Ratner, New York, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights qMichelle Shephard's richly reported, well written account of Omar Khadr's trajectory from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the cells of Guantanamo is a microcosm of the larger qwar on terrorq in which the teenaged Khadr either played the role of a jihadist murderer or tragic pawn or, perhaps, both roles.q a€”Peter Bergen, author of Holy war, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I know115 International Security Branch: Before 9/11, few Canadians even knew the Foreign Affairs Department was in the business of collecting intelligence. Today, there are still many unanswered questions as to its role and scope of its powers. Even the name of the division is something of a mystery, since it is commonly referred to as the ISI, not the ISB which would be the proper acronym. One explanationanbsp;...

Title:Guantanamo's Child
Author: Michelle Shephard
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2008-04-07

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