October 25th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

Gitmo detainee pleads guilty to terror charges

Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to all charges against him Monday, a Canadian diplomat said, in the first military commission trial there since Barack Obama became president.

Khadr pleaded guilty to the five terrorism charges he was facing, Catherine Loubier, spokeswoman for the Canadian Foreign Ministry, told CNN.

She declined to make further comment.

"This matter is between Mr. Khadr and the U.S. government and we will not have further comment on this today," she said.

Khadr was 15 when he allegedly threw a grenade during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer.  Khadr could have faced a maximum life sentence.

A military commission began in August but was stopped in the first week due to the illness of Khadr's military lawyer. It's the first such commission conducted during the Obama administration.

- CNN's Jeanne Meserve contributed to this report.

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  1. Rick

    So, those involved in the French Resistance during WWII were "illegal combatants"? I thought we considered them heroes.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • mrk

      They are heroes, because we won the war. I should remind you that captured resistance fighters duirng WW2 were not considered POWs and a firing squad is usually what they got.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Just for the record, any child forced to fight in a war zone is considered a victim of a war crime. Further, this is the first time any child soldier has been treated as a criminal and not a victim in the history of the united nations. Khadr was coerced to fight for the terrorists by his father at an age where even in the US he wouldn't be tried as an adult, and now he's being convicted of a murder he was forced to commit. The only reason he pleaded guilty is because he had the choice of maintaining his innocence and being locked up without a conviction for the next decade, or pleading out and getting to go home after a year. Canada and the US should be embarassed.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bootch

      You said it brother!

      October 25, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ibrahim

    Doug – Civilian garb vs Soldier garb..hmmm. You think the rest of the World is as stupid as you? CIA does not have a soldier garb but wears civilian garb. "You foreigners" and other judgmental western minds is I am sick with. Double standard – thats all. " I can do it but you cant" is what the British did over centuries now American do.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Uh, the members of the CIA are civilians. They hold civilian pay grades on the U.S. Government pay scale. They are also agents of the Government. They don't have to wear uniforms.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      If the medic was wearing civilian clothes, then that is called using a human shield. It is apparently wrong when Hamas or al Qaeda does it but not the US military.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Yes, the CIA does wear civilian garb. And just what do you think happens when they a "arrested" in a foreign country? Do you think they are considered "soldiers" or "spies"? You make my point for me. Was that your intent? Or are you just putting ignorance on display?

      October 25, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. mrk

    Guilty or not, child or adult, being held for eight years without a trial is just wrong. At age 15 he could have been rehabilated, now at 24 - forget it. He will surely get another 8 years and he will be out at age 32. 16 years is a long time for hatred to grow. I believe the US and Canada have created the perfect successor to Bin Laden. Remember, Omar's father (and family) are close friends of Bin Laden. This will go down in history as the same mistake the US did by arming Bin Laden during the Soviet occupation.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee cowboy

      No, if we had let him go, as the bleeding heart morons here wanted, we would have created another bin Laden.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • mrk

      I didn't advacate for letting him go, but a quick sentence to jail, access to education and deprogramming starting at age 15 would have lowered the chance of him stewing hatred for the western world into his adult life. No amount of deprogramming will change him now.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Maria

    Heil Amerika!

    October 25, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • TruthHurts

      Wow.. you're so smart.. and pithy!

      October 25, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • musings

      How dare you compare us to Nazi Germany – we are much more like Nero's Rome. Now get your facts straight. We are going down, but it will just take a lot longer and be uglier.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tim

    The US attacked the compound he was staying at. He was, at most, defending himself from being shot at.
    What was a medic doing along with the US military? Is he supposed to tell the difference between the two uniforms while being attacked to was the medic in a US military uniform?
    It is a ridiculous charge but he had no choice in pleading guilty because otherwise they would have held him for another 8 years. Way to may Iranian justice look good America.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee cowboy

      I like how you color the facts to fit your own bias. What you forgot to ask first was, "Why was he there fighting a jihad in the first place?"

      October 25, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      yankee cowboy, he was fighting the Russian backed Northern Alliance when the US attacked. It was a civil war that his dad brought him to.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    "to was the medic in a US military uniform" should be "or was the medic in a US military uniform"

    October 25, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |


    October 25, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      As a Canadian who the heck cares what you think! Go ahead close the border. Make enemies of the U.S. Then when you need your inadequate butts bailed out of some trouble you can go ask Europe for help. Every butthead like you is ready to take a swipe at America. But when there is a disaster in the world, just who is there first with aid? Canada? I think not!

      October 25, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • TruthHurts

      Lol!! Please do close your border. Save us some trouble eh?

      October 25, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Sure. You can buy your oil from Chavez or Saudi Arabia.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee cowboy

      As an American, I'm outraged you don't know how to use the Caps Lock key!
      Exile yourself immediately to Venezuela, where you and Hugo Chavez can exchange long, meaningful glances, since you adore him so much.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      You are the one who wants to buy oil from him and Saudi Arabia.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacques

      For those of you who do not know, Parrot is an almost daily recurring troll here. He is not Canadian and I have personally witnessed him claim at least a half a dozen nationalities depending on the story and his mood. One of the most entertaining ones was when he claimed to be an American Jewish black single mother with 14 children. He has been banned repeatedly and only wishes to inflame issues. Expressing anger only satisfies whatever ridiculous pleasure he takes in stirring the pot. He always posts in caps as he knows that irritates people.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacques

      @Doug I too am an american citizen born here to an american mother and father. Your analysis of Canada is completely incorrect regarding disaster relief and other issues as well. Just a couple of examples, the very first rescue team in New Orleans/Katrina was the disaster search and rescue squad from the Vancouver police force. They were there almost 2 days before anyone else as Fema was chasing it's tail while Brownie did a" heck of a job". Recently in the Haiti earthquakes the Canadian people, per capita donated more than any other country. This of course was aided by the fact that their government matched all donations $ for $. There are many more examples. Canadians have proven time and time again to be responsible world citizens and oh yeah, I should also mention that per capita more Canadian troops have died in Afghanistan than our US soldiers. So enough of your uneducated swill, it is crap like what you say that offends even our closest allies. Learn something before you shoot your mouth off!!

      October 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      The PARROT is a troll. He posts outrageous stuff just to set people off. Ignore him

      October 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kenny

    People are debating this guilty plea 8 years after his capture. If it had been an American captured by the Taliban how many years do you think it would have been before they found him guilty and executed him? Well more like how many minutes. As far as what was going on in his head, well I don't think he had "playing catch" in mind when he tossed the grenade. He knew it wasn't a baseball.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • TruthHurts

      He would have gotten 48 hours before his head was cut off because the US doesn't pander to terrorists.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. fetechef

    Headline reads: "Ex-Gitmo detainee pleads guilty"

    I didn't know he left.

    Omar Khadr is still a prisoner (or a detainee) in Guantanamo Bay prison.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Alexandre

    I was going to comment in outrage as a Canadian to all the completely idiotic posts that are being made on this website. Then I realised that I would probably be targetting an audience of under age, uneducated and sensational morons.

    It really strikes me hard how stupid people are when they have no excuse.

    You people need to friggen check your posts before you send them out and do something that perhaps you might never be able to fully comprehend : RESEARCH

    Did any of you go to school for the last good part of your lives? or was all that time and money wasted down the friggen drain.

    I mean for f-- sakes some of the s- I read on this website belongs on Bill Oreily's show.

    And I understand the bleeding hearts that want to defend this "poor kid" but before you jump the gun and scream bull, do some f-– research instead of looking like a complete f-- idiot.

    Jeeebuz even lookin up wikipedia would have been enough.

    *Smacks head*

    October 25, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      What are you referring to specifically?

      October 25, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. fetechef

    2,095 Coalition soldiers killed in Afghanistan, so far. And yet only one person has been charged with a murder.

    Only one person charged with murder, and he was a 15 year old child soldier, at the time.

    He has never faced a real court of law, even after almost 9 years of illegal custody.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee cowboy

      Yep, he should have been executed on the spot. And despite what you bleeding heart morons think, that would have been perfectly legal.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrk

      yankee cowboy, without a trial what you are describing is a war crime, nothing legal about it

      October 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cornelius

    In that war zone, the Taliban on one side were fighting the US. The Geneva Convention applied to soldiers on both sides

    That special forces soldier who shot the disoriented Omar Khadr twice in the back after he had struggled from the compound on which a 500 lb bomb had been dropped. Yes, the bravest of the brave fired those shots and drooped that bomb. How proud they must feel of their efforts that day? Their deed was not murder – contrary, it has all the hall marks for of a Rambo style Hollywood movie. And Geneva? Where ever could that place be?

    October 25, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee cowboy

      Pick up a weapon and stand a post, coward. If you want the enemy to win, I suggest you go join them.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. thedude

    I support almost all of our actions is the war on terror thus far, however this is different. A)- he was a child. 15 year olds commit murder in this country and are released at age 21. He has been held longer than that without a trial. B-When he went there they were not a war with us, and he likely had no knowledge of the terror plots hatched there. So when we invaded the country he acted as a soldier at the very most, but more likely as a child taking direction from others. The worst you can accuse him of is being a prisoner of war. This is one we should be ashamed of as a country.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee cowboy

      Your assumption is wrong. 15 year olds are tried as adults all the time; they aren't released automatically when they turn 21. Second, you don't know what he was thinking. I could just as easily (and more accurately) say he went there to be part of jihad, just like so many other terrorists have.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrk

      yankee cowboy, last time I checked 15 year olds charged with murder in this country don't have to wait 8 years for a trial

      October 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fetechef

    Congratulations, U.S. You're the first country in the world to prosecute a child soldier since the Nuremberg Trials of World War 2, even though you've ratified and agreed to adhere to the international agreements on not prosecuting children caught up in war zones.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
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