Burying his face in his hands, a 16-year-old captured in Afghanistan sobs and calls out “Oh Mommy!” in a hidden-camera video released Tuesday that provides the first look at interrogations inside the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.
Lawyers for Toronto-born Omar Khadr released the tapes in hopes of generating sympathy for the young prisoner and to try to persuade the Canadian government to seek custody before he is prosecuted for war crimes at the U.S. special tribunal in Guantanamo later this year.
The son of an alleged al-Qaida financier, Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. Special Forces soldier…
Khadr, who was 15 at the time, was found in the rubble of a bombed-out compound — badly wounded and near death.
The seven hours of grainy footage, recorded over four days of questioning by Canadian intelligence agents in 2003, shows Khadr breaking down in tears. At one point he pleads for help and displays chest and back wounds that he says had not healed six months after his capture.
Peeling off his orange prisoner shirt, he shows the wounds and complains he cannot move his arms, saying he has not received proper medical attention, despite requests.
“They look like they’re healing well to me,” the agent says of the injuries.
“No, I’m not. You’re not here (at Guantanamo),” says Khadr.
The agent later accuses Khadr of using his injuries and emotional state to avoid the interrogation.
Yes, Al Qaida and U.S. forces are enemies. Imagine Christ were in the interrogation room with this boy and his captors. What would he tell them to do to him? How would he tell them to treat him?