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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soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Tim

    I'm curious. What kind of clothing do medics wear? Just jeans and a t-shirt? Surely they must be wearing a uniform of some kind.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. fetechef

    Sgt. Speer was most likely killed by one of his own fellow soldiers, not a Taliban soldier or by Omar Khadr, who was unconscious and trapped under rubble at the time of the shooting. Speer likely died from 'friendly fire', as admitted by his fellow soldiers that day, but later 're-spoken', after being ordered to do so by their superiors. These details were leaked out about 2 years ago and the judge in the case ordered the press not to release this damning information. The case was challenged in another court and the judge's decision was thrown out, and the information broadcasted widely.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • musings

      How interesting. Then this show trial is just another cover-up.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee cowboy

      Yeah, you know what happened cuz you were there, right? Given your blatant anti-US bias, I'd say you have 0 credibility when it comes to looking at facts objectively.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim


      October 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Proton

    I’m glad this vermin is looking at life, or the needle. Not just because he richly deserves it (he does), and not because it will deter other (it may, or may not). No, I’m glad because it makes so many leftists, bleeding hearts, wana-be-jihadists, and goo-heads mad/sad. Just for that reason, I hope the US government executes every one of the Gitmo prisoners.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      This has got to be the dumbest comment yet.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. musings

    What are we (the coalition) doing charging soldiers with terrorism? Oh, yes, it's "The War Against Terror". If we had a "War Against Nazism" most of Germany would have been locked up after WWII. How about a "War Against Communism"? The same result.

    Isn't this kind of cherry-picking? I consider it a revenge act to charge him for a combat death. It is petty and a bad direction to take – unless we are fixing to establish an Imperium, in which any of the "sub-humans" who defies us by killing one of our precious ones gets to languish in prison forever. Boy, are we departing from our core values!

    October 25, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. eric

    Of course he pled guilty. I will admit to setting Rome ablaze during Nero's reign if you stop torturing me, give me some food and water, and let me see the sun.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • musings

      Good choice of a historical era. Very apt.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. anon

    I praise the US justice system.....however this terrorist should have been keep in the dark forever

    October 25, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Doug


    October 25, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Doug....your shift key is stuck.

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

      Maybe you should meet Bob in Afghanistan wearing civilian garb. Bob, got any grenades? Don't forget to wear local garb so he knows your a terrorist (pronouced "turrest").

      October 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      doug, macho barvado makes you no less a coward.

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

      Use your 'inside' voice, Doug....

      October 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Doug

    Oh and BOB, I am in the New York City area but I am willing to travel...doug...

    October 25, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. ronin

    "Mr. Khadr had quietly answered "yes" to the long list of questions from the judge, all designed to establish absolutely his willingness to agree to the details of the charges.

    He agreed, for instance, that he was an "alien, unprivileged, enemy belligerent," unqualified therefore to shoot back or engage in combat hostilities with U.S. or other coalition forces. He said he understood he was guilty of "murder in violation of the laws of war" and that he was a member of al-Qaeda. "

    "John McCain has said that he was regularly visited by senior communist Vietnamese officials. One visitor was famous NVA Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap.

    Eventually, McCain signed a letter claiming to be a war criminal and apologizing for the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He also did many radio and television interviews, some with foreign correspondents which is a severe violation of the military code of conduct. "

    October 25, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • yankee cowboy

      Wow, you really don't know what you're talking about. It's not against the military code of conduct if you're being tortured, which McCain was and this jihadist wasn't. Read McCain's account of what happened to him and learn something.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Actually, the Supeme Court of Canada held that Omar was, in fact, being tortured by the USA. As if that should be a surprise.


      "This Court declares that through the conduct of Canadian officials in the course of interrogations in 2003-2004, as established on the evidence before us, Canada actively participated in a process contrary to Canada’s international human rights obligations and contributed to Mr. Khadr’s ongoing detention so as to deprive him of his right to liberty and security of the person guaranteed by s. 7 of the Charter, contrary to the principles of fundamental justice. Costs are awarded to Mr. Khadr."

      October 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Doug

    Dave, Thanks but mind your own...

    October 25, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Canadian Soldier

    As a Canadian vet of Afghanistan, I hope he swings from a rope. He killed an allied soldier. He should be stripped of his citizenship and hanged. Yes, combat is confusing and there is little time for contemplation, but, this guy left his country with his terrorist family and engaged in battle against US soldiers. Rot in hell Khadr.

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

      If you REALLY were a Canadian soldier, you'd no neither is possible in Canada's justice system.

      You are a fake.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      He left to fight the Russian backed Northern Alliance. Get your facts straight.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Soldier

      Ronin and Tim, He is a terrorist, from a terrorist family. He left his country to attend camps in Asscrackistan.....to become a TERRORIST. Ronin, you are correct, the death penalty is not on the books in Canada, but, he is being tried under the US legal system you idiot. Stripping of citizenship IS allowed under our law.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    he killed an invating soldier. where is the crime in that? do the US soldiers that killed Iraqis, Afgans etc. get put on trial?

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

      He was a non-uniformed enemy combatant who surrendered then lobbed a grenade at an unarmed medic. If you don't see that he did anything wrong, I suggest you go fight with the enemy.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Doug

    Dave, you are also invited to a meet and greet. Obviously from your comments neither of you have served your country. You just live the life of parasites. You want the "good life" but are unwilling to fight for it. Let others bleed not you.

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

      I will gladly let you bleed for me. Please proceed.

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

      doug, let's just pretend for a moment that your ASSumption is correct. that I have never served my country in the military. how is it possible that I am living the life of a parasite while you are the one out there bleeding for uncle sam? last time i checked our fighting men and women draw a paycheck. they get pension and health benefits. the bombs they drop cost money, and it costs more money to get them where they need to be dropped. *YOU* arent paying for those costs – it's the rest of us 'parasites' who have to foot the bill. see thats the problem with guys like you. you dont realize that you are only represent one cog int he machine and without either of us the whole darn thing wouldnt work. and yet you think your service makes you uniquely qualified to understand what it is to be american despite the fact that all of the rubbish you vomit all over the internet via your keyboard is anything BUT in line with american values.

      October 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Amy Libeman

    They all guilty. Lets save everyone time and money and give him a 45 to blow his friggin terrorist head off

    October 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roger

    Its been 8 years, and the US failed to prove he killed anyone... They tortured A CHILD for 8 years for tried to beat a confession out of him and failed! THE US ARMY COULD NOT MUSCLE A CONFESSION OUT OF A CHILD! The only way the US could come out clean and not look foolish for prisonning an innocent child was to have him plead guilty.
    US MILITARY COURT: If you dont take this plea deal, you'll rot in our prison for the rest of your life:
    Khadr: Ok, I plead guilty.

    With this plea, Kadhr gets to finally go home to Canada, but gets a murder charge to his name all for the sake of incompetent US Army who made a mistake, and instead of admitting to it, they mask this plea into a job well done. The US military is a joke and more and more, people are coming out with stories of abuse, misconduct and dishonor. All hail USA? Ya right!

    – Ashamed American.

    October 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • yankee cowboy

      What color is the sky in this make-believe world you live in?

      October 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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