Guantanamo is an outrage

The Canadian government should demand the immediate release of Khadr.

Gulf News

The first grainy images of an interrogation at Guantanamo have been broadcast. It is disturbing viewing. Canadian detainee, Omar Khadr, at the time a teenage inmate, is seen pleading for his mother and begging: "Help me, help me."

Khadr has been held for five years without charge and subjected to sleep depravation and, in all probability, much worse. As a matter of urgency the Canadian government should demand his immediate release. Guantanamo is an outrage, an insult to the very values that people around the world hold dear; justice, accountability and due process. After five years, most inmates would be in such a confused and mentally distressed state that they will admit to anything. Guantanamo is an embarrassment to America and damages Washington's so-called war on terror. It will be closed during the next presidency, if not before. But the damage done to America's reputation will linger long after its closure.