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. Concerned not con

    To False Dave it is thinking just the way you do the reason this country is frowned upon.And the really bad thing is that so many people that think like you are sitting on the far right. Not that they are right but they like to proclaim to be religous to sooth their minds after so much crime has been commitd on their part.If you pollute a society with violence what do you think you are gonna get back. Thats exactly why alot of the so called appointed judges are on the backbunner now.But for politics sake please lets boost their egos and let them play God for a while.The torture you give will be the torture you recieve. Why not hold Foreign citizens hostage tourture them brainwash them into to thinking God knows what for their own benifit.Isn`t this The American Way! Home of the Slave. And Land of the Hostage. Where is this Liberty That I used to Know. When you find Her give her a shout out for me and mine.

    October 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave II

      huh? I got lost in this one. We are not talking about THIS country. We are talking about a child raised in Pakistan/Afghanistan whose motives were unclear, whose complicity is unclear, who was a child in a country invaded by American Soldiers in a war that he did not invite. His father may have invited it, but he did not. There's no bleeding heart here. There is simply the fact that this kid is a kid, for goodness sakes. Get real. If he dies in war, so be it, but you can't hold him accountable for the actions of anyone. He's a child in a war.

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

    It is a popular belief that women and children some how can't be combatants. Try telling that one to thoughs who have been there. All who are (for whatever reason) in a war zone contribute to one side or the other and there for can be considered participants in that conflict. This kid was very lucky that he was captured and not liquidated on site. But, bringing him out of country to face charges, was unconscionable. 8 Years? When will this dog and pony show end?

    October 25, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. james

    Foolish Peons! What he did was egregious however, it was a (WAR ZONE). He was 15, terrible that he contributed to the death of a Soldier, but the confusion he was facing at the time plus the Guantanamo Bay stint- I'd call it Manslaughter- Rapists in the US, as well as Guilty Senators who kill civilians while drunkenly driving get no Jail time...Just sayin....PEONS!

    October 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Trigger

    Age is totaly arbitrary. In Afghanistan, a boy becomes a man at age 12. In America, a boy becomes a man at age 18. I would agree that both are capable of comitting murderous acts but, I would argue that neither are adult men. physically speaking, their brains a pretty mushy for a number of years to come. Through out the ages, countries have sent their children to war. Whether 12, 18 or 21, they are all still children. Wars should only be be fought by those who declare them; the 40 and 50 year olds who declare them and plan them but would never ever fight them. Shame on all of us, shame!

    October 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Freebird

    No matter who is right or wrong here, I can say that eight years is too long to be held without trial in any country. As a Canadian I certainly don't want him back in this country, and I also think you should be treated as an adult at fifteen when serious crimes are committed. Was it a crime? Did he actually do it? I don't know, but one way or the other eight years is too long to be held without trial

    October 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BaggeryKing

    My uncle is still being detained in Gitmo. We were going to hire him an attorney, because we thought the charges were baseless. Then someone from Alabama told us that we would be supporting terrorism and hating the US if we did that.

    Accordingly, we did not hire him an attorney.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Not long after 9/11, Congress voted in the largest increase for prison funding in US history. Why? "To house the tens of thousands of terrorists we will be going after". OK, so it's been nearly a decade, and how many terrorists are in these "homeland security" prisons they built? It's like thinking Hitler built his "fatherland" security prisons in Germany to house Jews, when in fact these concentration camps were full of German citizens who resisted. I would guess our FEMA camps are full of americans....not terrorists.

    October 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jew, prominant

    There were Jews in the fatherland security prisons too.

    October 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    What about the family that sent him over there? What are they being charged with ?

    October 25, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Laurence

    I am wondering, that if the U.S of Amerika were to invade Canada, and we took up arms against these warmongers, would we be called "insurgents, terroists or what have you"?......I served in the Briitish commandos during WW11...and I can honestly say we never murdered civilians on the scale that the U.S has done. Has any servicemen been sent to prison for the My Lai massacre ?...Recent information has come about that the Pentagon knew of U.S troops shot two 8 and 10 year old boys playing near boarder perimeter ...was any body arrested ?.....Give this boy at Gitmo a civilian trial with all the legal representation.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dan

    Jews & Iraqis can drink the sweat from my hairy balls for all I care. PROUD TO BE AMERICAN. Stoopid lil kid shouldn't be throwing grenades now he's old enuff for the electric chair. FUKK YA!!!!

    October 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe Arpaio

    Wow 8yrs of kock meat sandwich huh?? Now that's torture.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    You make the real Joe Arpaio seem like a nice guy. (even though he has like 17 federal murder indictments hanging over his head)

    October 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jon

    Am I the only one who thinks one soldier throwing a grenade at an enemy soldier isn't an act of terrorism?

    October 26, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      To revise my statement, if they invaded this country, I wouldn't hesitate to throw a grenade at them.

      October 26, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • campana

      Totally right. I too would have not hesitate throwing a grenate to the soldiers. It was self-defense

      October 26, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. campana

    Khadr did not kill anyone. he acted for self-defense during an attack. US forbid a 15 year old boy to serve in the military and should trat him accordingly. He was forced to go to Afghanistan by his father. Additionally helping to prepare IED is not terrorism as they were used in Afghanistan to defend the country fromthe military and not used against civilians.
    By US definiton terrorism is an attack toward civilians.

    October 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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