It was reported last week that Alberta Associate Chief Justice Rooke denied the application to lighten the 27 yr-old terrorist Omar Khadr’s incareration from Edmonton Max to a less-restrictive Provincial Facility.
The judge stressed his ruling had nothing to do with Khadr’s background, other than the fact he is a Canadian, nor his age, the circumstances of his pre-transfer detention or which facility would be better or worse for him.
“…. placement does not involve increasing or decreasing the seriousness of punishment – the sentence is the punishment.”
Next week Litfest 2013 will arrive in Edmonton region and one of the speakers will be Amanda Lindout who in Aug 2008 was kidnapped while visiting Mogadishu Somalia as a freelancing journalist. She was held for ransom along with her ex-boyfriend photo-journalist Nigel Brennan for 460 days before their release. Her co-written auto-biography “A House in the Sky” is about that experience. She has faced some justified criticism over the whole experience.
Three additional terrorists once held at the Guantanamo Bay prison were confirmed as having returned to terrorism after their release, and two others joined the ranks of those suspected of rejoining jihad against the West, according to a U.S. intelligence report dated January 2013 but just made public last week. [Editor: link is to archived site as actual public webserver/site for Office of Director of National Intelligence is down due to U.S Federal Government shutdown.]
The ODNI report also warned against the unconditional release of additional prisoners from the detention facility because of the risk they will go back to terror attacks or insurgent activity.
“Former [Guantanamo] detainees routinely communicate with each other, families of other former detainees, and previous associates who are members of terrorist organizations,” the ODNI report said. “The reasons for communication span from the mundane (reminiscing about shared experiences) to the nefarious (planning terrorist operations). We assess that some GTMO detainees transferred in the future also will communicate with other former GTMO detainees and persons in terrorist organizations.”