Justice for Christopher Speer: Trial of Omar Khadr to Begin

khadr_omar_15.jpg The baby-face that’s launched a thousand misguided “human rights” crusades…Omar Khadr at age 15… 

I AM SICK OF THIS PICTURE!

As part of the world-renowned “First Family of Terrorism”, I feel no pity for Omar as he finally heads to trial starting November 8, 2007 in Guantanamo Bay. For the sake of the victim of a lethal dose of grenade shrapnell to the head, Special Forces Sgt. First Class Christopher J. Speer, 1974-2002 (RIP), justice must be served. Try the suspect, and let him face the consequences, or acquittal. Here’s the pictures that should replace the poor-kiddie portrait above:

khadr-21-gitmo.jpgOmar Khadr in court, Age 21.

speer-15.jpg Chris Speer, at Age 15.

tabitha-speer.jpgTabitha Speer, widow, single mother of two young children, at her husband’s funeral.

And, for those of you who feel Omar Khadr was just a poor little misguided teenager? Watch this fantastic dressing-down given to the hapless George Stromablopolous of CBC’s “The Hour” from 2005 by Sgt. Layne Morris, survivor of the battle that saw Speer killed and Khadr captured:

Sergeant Layne Morris tells the story of Omar Khadr and the battle that killed Christopher Speer (6 mins.)

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34 responses to “Justice for Christopher Speer: Trial of Omar Khadr to Begin

  1. Pingback: Must-Watch 60 Minutes Video: Omar Khadr Terrorism on Film « Flaggman’s Canada

  2. HolyShit

    You need to take a deep breath and get off your fascist pedestal. This guy was a kid who hasn’t even been to trial and is faced with a military that is wanting to put him in a kangaroo court without presenting ALL the evidence.

  3. If you’re spending your days defending the Khadr family, then I need not express anything more than sincere sadness at the emptiness that must be your life.

    Classy nickname, too.

  4. Jamie Bond

    Justice will not be served on an American trial…the alleged evidence against Khadr has been taken under torture…military reports contradict each other…accidental statements realeased earlier from the military state Omar Khadr did not trow the grenade…He’s been kept more than 6 years in Guantanamo without any clear conclusions…Canadian Officials initially wanted extradition but under new conservative kiss ass government they no longer pursue this and believe hes gona get a fair trial…what should be done is he be brougth to Canada for a trial..the evidence reevaluated and take international laws into consideration..the U.S is not excempt from international law….there I backed up my opinion and I didnt just comment on biased/ignorant beliefs…freedom figthers? true but they took a risk by going to that compund and their own teammates also had grenades…and were in proximity…consider friendly fire…consider possibility of Omar being a civilian…If I was looking for suspectsin there and I was biased as you guys are ,I would detain the casualty teammates as well…In short the American military is going against their own freedom and justice beliefs because they are blinded by hate..now dont say there is no hate in america against those who are different..admit your mistakes and assure this the accussed a fair trial by bringing him to Canada.

  5. Ray

    To hell with Omar Khadar. I don’t want him back in Canada . Perhaps all you left wing do-gooders should call up Sgt. Christopher Speer’s widow and two children left without a dad and let them know how wonderful Khadar is.
    Rot in hell Omar

  6. Geoff

    Well Flaggman, you need to get your facts straight. Try reading Jonathon Kay’s article in the National Post, that bastion of liberal thinking. The fact is that there were two people found after the battle alive, not one as continuously stated by the U.S. This has been revealed by a secret US military document, not by liberals. Also, if sgt. morris and yourself are so interested in justice, then why a secret military court, rather than a court of law in the US. Could it be perhaps that you’re afraid you might actually have to prove his guilt. Why sue for $1oo million, actually contact his family and our government for that if you’re only interested in justice, couldn’t be that he’s really more interested in money, revenge now could it. And of course the US military could never be wrong, or cover things up could they. Does the name Pat Tillman mean anything??? It should!!! And of course nobody innocent has ever been convicted, right? That’s why all the people on death row in Illinois were released a couple years ago!!! And of course we have never done that either, unless of course we count the person just released in Ontario, and the gentleman released and apoligized to by the New Brunswick government in St. John, never mind the names David Millgaard, Donald Marshall, Guy Moran(Not sure about this last name). I’m always happy to see we have our own revenge seeking, racist, rednecks like you flaggman. Certainly you’re not someone looking for justice.

  7. Dr Lynn Cornelius

    i knew chris speer early in his army training and i mourn his loss—he was bright kindand hard working—he made a choice to serve his fellow man as a special forces medic—this Kahdr is a pathetic young man—never trained in the rules of war—his little group killed interpreters and the medic, for Gods sake—try him for war crimes under the rules of a military tribunal—he chose to fight and ignore the rules of war—and his parents share in his guilt if they raised him in Afghanistan and encouraged him to follow Bin Laden as has been reported

  8. Thinkforyourselves

    There are many families involved in this war by association and are being killed. There are many fathers that were killed in Afghanistan because of the American Army. What about that?!? What proof do you have that Omar Khadar actually did this? Were you there or are you just going to stupidly let the media tell you what they think you should feel. However, just because I would like Omar Khadar back does not mean I don’t send condolences to Speer’s Family.

  9. Derrick

    these comments that are coming out in defense of Omar Khadar are typical in a country where they denie the rights of injured workers and defend the rights of criminals almost to the point of violence this murderous little piece of work after killing a soldier is defended by the same Canadians that would deny a injured worker his rights under our so called charter of right what a sad pathetic country we have turned out to be.

  10. Marion Wilson

    Did you really know Chris Speer? Well, I didn’t. But he sounds like a virtuous man who wouldn’t want to see an innocent man sent to jail on a trumped-up charge. Your Justice for Chris Speer thing is sick. How will he get ‘justice’ if an innocent man is put in prison for this whole thing? The idea with justice is, you put the real guy who did it inside, not some innocent guy as a substitute! I can’t believe that America, the most powerful, wealthy country in the world, would be willing to convict an innocent man over suppressed evidence. Even if small chance prevails and Omar Khadr is indeed guilty, then he is fifteen! Don’t give me the whole fifteen-is-old-enough-to-know-what-you’re-doing bullshit – there is a real difference between a Canadian 15-year-old who commits murder, who knew exactly what they were doing, who were not encouraged or shown by anyone else that this was the norm, but were just sick in the head – and a 15-year-old Afghanistani child soldier like Omar, who was sent to training camps since the age of 12, and who was brainwashed into thinking that killing was the norm. A child soldier is a victim, not a criminal. Child soldiers need help, not discipline.

  11. Himashi

    Omar Khadar should be put on trial in Canada. I am deeply dissapointed at Harper’s continued refusals to press the American government to bring him home. Regardless of whether he in fact committed the crime or not, he should be given the right to a fair trial and this will not happen at Guantanamo Bay. The UN has condemned Guantanamo Bay and called for its closure yet Canada continues to support the Americans. Why the hell is Omar Khar the only citizen of a western country to remain there? This is one of the few times that I am ashamed to call myself a Canadian.

  12. The Truth

    Who is the real criminal here?

    What about the lies around 9/11?

    The lies about WMD in Iraq?

    The lies about finding Bin Laden?

    I have the utmost admiration and respect for those that choose to defend their country, but I also have nothing but intolerence and hate for those that choose to use these heros to advance their own agenda.

    The real enemy is the government of the United States of America and they should be on trial.

    Americans are now living with a facist regime in control of what is left of their freedoms and civil liberties. Stop looking the other way people. You have been lied to enough. If America really is the greatest country in the world, then take back the rights that your founding fathers fought so hard for. Become free gain.

  13. Blair

    The entire Khadr clan by Momma Khadr’s own admission is proud to be part of the Al Quaida family. I am one Canadian who is damn sick and tired of the “child soldier” crap. This little creep by even being termed a “soldier” is dead wrong. He ain’t no soldier. He was part of a terrorist group that would just as soon kill you, me and our western values as soon as look at us. He is the spittin image of his old man and his entire family. He is NOT covered under any rules of war (Geneva Convention). It was his old man who was quite literally sprung from the prison in Pakistan by Prime Minister “Crouton” and the rest is history. Poor little Omar was pegged in the same firefight that killed poor Daddy. And another US Medic saved his pathetic little life (too bad) And it wasn’t just Harper that has refused to intervene in his realease from Gitmo…there were 2 Liberal consceutive PM’s who also refused both “Crouton” and Martin. The entire Khadr clan typifies to me as to what the hell is wrong with this country. That he was a poor little brain-washed boy is maybe not nonsense in that the entire Islamo-Fascist segment of the Muslim religion is brainwashed. This 15 year old punk is no different that the 15 year old homicide bomber of which we are all aware. Spare us the spin about America being the big bad guy. I am one Canadian who in spite of America’s warts and ours, am DAMN proud and glad to have them as our neighbors, and I thank them if this little puke rots in their prison system if found guilty.

  14. Troy

    I see a lot of people talking about guilt and innocence here. Any of you actually lawyers? I see a lot of people talking about Soldiers and war. Any of you actually been to Afghanistan? Any one here realize the host of this show is very much wrong when he rationalizes about the use of the term “Soldier?” It is a legal definition, one that is held to a legal standard, thus the Laws of Land Warfare. You can’t have it both ways, either Omar is a civilian, not prosecutable under laws of war, and rightly charged with murder (tell me, does either Canadian or US law have jurisdiction in Afghanistan? Maybe that explains a military tribunal…just a guess), or Omar is a Soldier, one who did not realize that trying to re-engage and kill the enemy after the end of a battle is a violation of the Laws of War, and is rightly charged with murder (maybe he slept through that part of “Basic Training”). Apparently the Canadian TV show host thinks he is a Soldier and trying to kill the enemy is his role. Apparently the posts here think he is a child, not subject to Laws of War. Apparently some people will say anything to cover their shame.

  15. Khadr is a punk who knew exactly what he was doing at 15 years old. Child soldier or not, he killed an American Hero! I don’t for a second believe the B.S, he didn’t know what he was doing. As a Canadian myself, I can truthfully tell you all that the vast majority of Canadians are sickened that our gov’t expects and wants this murderer reintegrated into Canadian society as if nothing ever happened! There’s far too many Canadians such as myself that are hell bent on making sure Khadr never walks freely on Canadian soil ever again! He desrves the death penalty or at the least rot in jail without food or water!

  16. And yes i am a veteran and yes I have been to the Middle East and yes I have been to Afghanistan! I don’t profess to know the laws of either country but what i do know is when someone in a war theatre shoots at me, I WILL engage them irregardless of their age! The host of this show used the term soldier in a general sense as a civilian would do and in no way tried to imply otherwise. To put it in perspective, how often do you watch the news and hear of people carrying “the coffin” when in reality a coffin is European (think elongated diamond shaped like Dracula slept in) whereas in North America they are called caskets. My point here is the TV interview used the term soldier out of context and certainly not maliciously.
    Have people forgotten the Khadr family lived and knew Osama Bin Laden? Do people realize that Khadr went to Afghansitan NOT on a humanitarian mission but that of a combatant?
    To all the sympathizers out there claiming he was a child, wake up! Did you know right from wrong at 15 years old? I know I did and I know my children who are younger than 15 know right from wrong.
    The bottom line is he killed a soldier while in combat and therefore is a murderer. It’s really that cut and dry.

  17. Listen to the soldier and what he says. Now, take Omar out back and shoot him in the head… Thats it. NO SYMPATHY. Omar is NOT a soldier, he is a terrorist, plain and simple. When did a baby face exclude someone from the death penalty or Justice?

    Friggin bleeding heart liberals. Put a uniform on and go serve instead of running your mouths like idiots and quit trying to inject Stupidity into a situation you have NO idea about… especially war.

    Let them do these people do their job and dont worry about them killing anyone who tries to kill them.

    Bunch of Sheeple.. Geez…

  18. Kris

    Let me put a human face on this. I know Tabitha, Chris’ widow. She is a beautiul, kind, caring, thoughtful, smart, and funny young woman… I know her two children, beautiful, young, active children that will not ever, ever, know their Father. I am blessed to be a military wife. I am proud of what our military does for us, so that we may spout off on websites and blogs about the military and the “poor terrorists” that the U.S. is treating “unfairly”. When we begin to behead innocent people on television, when we begin to bomb schools targeting children, when we lynch women at our soccer fields, then we can say that we are being unfair. Until then, let’s man up and be grateful that young men like Christopher Speer gave their life for us and our children, and lets pray for the widows and children that are left behind that they might know that their loved one DID NOT die in vain. What a wonderful country that we must live in that we can speak so freely and with such malice against our OWN soldiers…

  19. Shaista

    As I read all these posts, I respect and understand peoples opinions of Mr.Khadar. However, I think when posting something for everyone to read, people should be more civil in their ways and use facts to justify their reasons instead of harsh feelings. Understanding the situation in the Middle East, I think Mr.Khadar should be tried in Canada as he is a Canadian and deserves the rights a Canadian citizen has whether guilty or innocent. I am not saying he is guilty or innocent because that would be my opinion, rather I would want our courts to determine guilt or innocence in this court. Although I firmly belive that Mr.Khadar is innocent, I do not let these feelings get in the way of facts and thus would like to see Canadian courts deal with the situation.

  20. Love the US Military!!

    Anyone that firmly agrees that Khadar is innocent… is an IDIOT!!! Yeah Shaista, I’m talking to you!!! In one sentence you say “I’m not saying whether he’s guilty or innocent” and in the next sentence you say “I firmly belive (it’s spelled Believe) that the punk is innocent.” Hopefully the fate of a terrorist isn’t up to you and your beliefs! I’m sure I could guess what president you voted for also!! What’s sad is you don’t know the facts or you WOULD NOT think he’s innocent!! I could just about bet that you are from the middle east and if our court system is so partial why don’t you go back to where you can from!!!

  21. WereUThere

    I am intrigued by your comments CanadianSniper, and I have to ask, so then by extension of your argument does that make you a murderer?

    Next one for Love the US Military!! It is obvious you do not know all the facts or you would not say something so stupid. Enough said.

    Christopher Speer from what I have read was a good and solid man. A soldier who believed in his country, and way of life. Every one here seems to have forgotten Christopher’s loss as they vie for their own political and personal agenda and I think it is time to stop.

  22. LonH

    I served with Chris from 1994 to 1995 when he left to Special Forces Medic training (I was his roommate at Carlisle Barraks, PA). I hung out with him while he was in training in Ft. Sam H while I was in a course. I served 7 years in the Army (4 as a paratrooper in the 82 serving in the first gulf war). Chris was a very compassionate person. He chose Medic for a reason.

    After these last seven years, I have come to the conclusion that the people in this country (and Canada) do not deserve the luxury to have people fighting for them.

    There is a reackoning coming for all of you that pray for caos and hope for the destruction of this country. It will be Biblical! I will be there and I WILL be taking names! Islam is Proof there is no god, but only the DEVIL.

  23. 20yo Canadian

    I am 28 and I was taught that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law a a group of his peers. I will keep this position that Omar is innocent until he is proven guilty.

    But what I wonder about is the change of the US position of to charge Omar with war crimes or murder. If they had charged Omar with war crimes they would not be able to do captial punishment, and also like other war crime commitors from WWII and Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Also even though the US refused to sign the International Criminal Court charter because Omar was is a Canadian citizen he would have to allow that court to prosecute him.

    But either way he is charge with the murder of another human being and as such should face a group of his peers who will choose his fate.

    And as for LonH and his comment that people in the US and Canada and i quote “do not deserve the luxury to have people fighting for them.” You need to wake up and realize that it is not a luxury to have people sent out to war. These people are our friends, our family, our community and to send one out to a place where they might not come back is a great scarfice (not as great as what they give) but great none the less.

    The people of these two great countries do deserve the protection of our military, only time one can say we don’t is after we have turned our backs on them, stop supporting them, and more over stop supporting the right and freedoms that they are fighting for. So when people stop voicing their opinions and their what they belive in then and only then can you say they do not deserve to have people fighting for them.

  24. He is tainted with Jihadist values and should never be allowed freedom in any aspect.

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  26. Former USAF JAG Corps Officer

    In February 2008, the Pentagon accidentally released documents that revealed that although Khadr was present in the house, there was no other evidence that he had thrown the grenade. In fact, military officials had originally reported that another of the surviving militants had thrown the grenade just before being killed, and later rewrote their report to implicate Khadr instead. Defence lawyers have also suggested that the soldier may have been killed by friendly fire by his own comrades. It was later determined that Khadr had been crippled, blinded and trapped beneath rubble at the time, and American soldiers weren’t even aware of his presence until one stepped on his prone body. Omar Khadr made his confessions of guilt under threat of rape and death, interrogator has testified to telling Khadr that a young detainee in American custody was raped by other inmates, possibly to death.

    The interrogation, involving former U.S. Army sergeant Joshua Claus allegedly occurred at Bagram prison in Afghanistan soon after Khadr’s capture. Claus has since been convicted of detainee abuse.

    A good man is dead, but railroading a child will do nothing for his legacy.

  27. Sasha

    Despicable. This whole case.
    “The bottom line is he killed a soldier while in combat and therefore is a murderer. It’s really that cut and dry.” Exactly…He KILLED in COMBAT. That’s called WAR. It’s not called MURDER.

    Look at it from his perspective. he is in a house, with the people he has been taught to respect and trust in his life. Suddenly, there are soldier outside – firing, lobbing grenades, etc. Gunships, helicopters and A10s, come and level the place. Everything around you is completely destroyed. Everyone around you is killed. You are shocked beyond belief. You are wounded, and probably assume you will soon be killed too. You have been taught to believe (rightly or wrongly) that the people who did this are imperialist invaders, heathens come to dominate you, who are against everything that you hold sacred.

    So what do you do? Do you pull the pin, and throw the grenade? Or do you just curl up and wait to get shot like a dog yourself?

    I’m sorry, but anyone who WOULDN’T throw that grenade is a god-damned coward.

    Speers sounded like a right and honorable man, his death his tragic. And I am not sure how well Khadr would reintegrate into secular western society. But this case is a travesty of justice.

  28. Sasha

    Despicable. This whole case.
    “The bottom line is he killed a soldier while in combat and therefore is a murderer. It’s really that cut and dry.” Exactly…He KILLED in COMBAT. That’s called WAR. It’s not called MURDER.

    Look at it from his perspective. he is in a house, with the people he has been taught to respect and trust in his life. Suddenly, there are soldier outside – firing, lobbing grenades, etc. Gunships, helicopters and A10s, come and level the place. Everything around you is completely destroyed. Everyone around you is killed. You are shocked beyond belief. You are wounded, and probably assume you will soon be killed too. You have been taught to believe (rightly or wrongly) that the people who did this are imperialist invaders, heathens come to dominate you, who are against everything that you hold sacred.

    So what do you do? Do you pull the pin, and throw the grenade? Or do you just curl up and wait to get shot like a dog yourself?

    I’m sorry, but anyone who WOULDN’T throw that grenade is a god-damned coward.

    Speers sounded like a right and honorable man, his death his tragic. And I am not sure how well Khadr would reintegrate into secular western society. But this case is a travesty of justice.

    You want to see the real picture of Omar Khadr? This is it:

  29. PFM

    To hell with Omar he is a terrorist murder nothing more using “canadian” status to reap the benefits I hope he rots in jail or gets deported and killed by a US soldier.

  30. Tommy

    This is a travesty of justice Christopher Speer was not wearing a red cross arm band as required by IHL for this to be considerd “murder” under the Laws of War he wasent even wearing a uniform just afghan dress and was armed this would also have the effect of nullifing the requsit mens rea for “murder” under the laws of war even if he was a combat medic armed with offensive weaponry constitutes perfirdy

  31. Tommy

    For those of you who say he was just a terrorist and not a soldier his CRT found him to be a lawful enemy combatant that’s why they had to drop the first set of charges of “Murder by unprivliged combatant” furthermore many of the convictions of people tried by the GITMO military tribunals have been vacated simply because of screwy kangaroo court style procedures they used.

  32. Tommy

    Correction on my last post I ment to say CSRT not CRT

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