Khadr is a 22 year old Canadian citizen who was taken to Afghanistan by his fundamentalist father before 2001. He has been charged with throwing a grenade and killing a soldier during the U.S. invasion. He has been locked up in Guantanamo since he was 15.
Many in Canada consider Khadr simply a "child soldier," not a responsible actor in a war or crime, but an involuntary conscript of adults. Their media have consistently covered his story in humane detail.
Today Steve Edwards, a Canwest News correspondent currently reporting from Guantanamo, wrote up the latest legal round in the Canadian National Post "Full Comment" blog. This is hard to excerpt because Edward's extensive account can make little sense of the bizarre proceedings, but here's a taste:
Go read it all. Apparently Guantanamo authorities tried to replace a lawyer Khadr trusted with a new guy. The first attorney objected. Proceedings devolved into a near brawl.
The episode is simply one more demonstration of why it is foolishness to try to invent a new legal apparatus and system of procedure to deal with the Guantanamo prisoners. It would be funny if it weren't about people we've caged for as long as seven years without trial -- and often abused.
Try these people in real courts or let them go.