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Loose cannons sometimes blow holes in their own defences

Everyone is aware by now of the farce known as the Omar Khadr showtrial and it’s conclusions by the military jury deciding to not only accept the prosecutor’s recommendation of 25 years, but to go 15 years over that. A symbolic gesture, not only because it was meaningless with Khadr’s plea bargain (a move that appears now to have been correct; the Defence council obviously knew how this would end up), but of how everything was stacked against Khadr from the beginning in this carbon-copy of a Stalinist show-trial (minus the executions). I’ll only note that it’s very interesting to me that this military jury asked to hear the testimony for a second time of a former Guantanamo legal officer, who stated that in his opinion, Khadr was not a violent jihadist and was an excellent candidate for rehabilitation.. and who then turned around and decided to say “screw that” and went instead with the ramblings of the prosecution’s psychologist whose conclusions on Khadr and his future behaviour appear to be based on a Danish Islamophobe – to state it mildly (this guy writes something about how he feels followers of Islam have inbred so much that this explains their violent behaviour.. or some cockamamie thing).

What is more revealing is the fact the US revealed Canadian/US diplomatic notes, which showed the US and Canada had indeed been in discussions over Khadr’s plea agreement, and that Canada had assured the US they would look favorably on an application from Khadr to return to Canada. This basically shot down Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon’s claims last week that the Canadian government was never involved in the discussions, which even had a certain Sun Media journalist steaming over Cannon’s and the Harper governments obfuscations.

I don’t get why Cannon or Harper couldn’t admit the Canadian government were involved in talks; I get that they would say what they did in order to try and appease their right wing read meat base, but why try to do this if you know that diplomatic notes are going to be released after the plea? The only thing I can think of is that they figured the military judge or the US government would not release those notes to the general public… whatever the reason, it again shows the lack of credibility of this government.


1 comment to Loose cannons sometimes blow holes in their own defences

  • Redrum

    I think they tried to cleave to their ‘plausible deniability’ line so that their henchmen like Norman Spector could do a vile guilt-by-association number like yesterday’s column, in which he more or less intimated that not only will the Harper gov’t justifiably refuse to take Khadr back, but also that since the coalition will, a vote for the coalition is like a vote for Khadr.

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