Canada- Terrorist who Killed Army Delta Force Medic released on Bail

By Faye Higbee

Omar Khadr, 28, the terrorist who murdered Army Special Forces Sgt Christopher Speer is now freed on bail, based on the ruling of Canadian Justice Bielby on Thursday. While his supporters gasped and hugged the attorney, there were major concerns over his release.

Khadr is  a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was released into Canada by President Obama. His original sentence of 40 years was greatly reduced in that action. His bail hearing further reduces that. He will now be freed with some restrictions, but whose who dealt with him are worried that he may re-offend. The defense says he is no longer a threat, and has changed his radical views.

He apologized to Sgt Speer’s wife at Guantanamo Bay, and claims to have incurred a head injury that precludes him from remembering the day he threw the grenade.  Though Justice Bielby says the Canadian prosecutor failed to provide any evidence that Khadr was a danger, others disagree.

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Omar Khadr- CBC sketch

 

Fox News reported the contrast between the defense account of Khadr’s demeanor and the accounts by Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner, who reviewed his files from Guantanamo. Khadr’s father was a known associate of Al-Qaeda, and videos of IEDs were found in his home. He gave up information during his imprisonment that led to finding the location of IEDs he planted. Welner stated that he has not expressed remorse for killing Speer or his extremist views.

Though there are restrictions (wearing a home monitor device and a 10 pm curfew) on Mr. Khadr, and the Canadian court does not feel he is much more than a “moderate” risk to society, any risk however slight of a terrorist to re-offend is too high.

Sgt 1st Class Christopher Speer, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Just a few days prior to his death, Sgt Speer walked into a mine field to rescue 2 Afghan children. His heroic actions saved their lives.

July 27, 2002. Omar Khadr was a 15 year old terrorist who followed the teachings of Al-Qaeda and his Islamist father.

Sgt Speer, with his fellow team members, was doing a reconnaissance of Ab Khail, and entered a building where they were ambushed by terrorists. Sgt Speer was gravely wounded and evacuated to Germany. He died on August 6, 2002.

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