A terrorist is now free after serving only eight years of a 40-year sentence for killing a U.S. Delta Force medic in Afghanistan in 2002, thanks to a deal the Obama administration made with Canadian authorities.
Omar Khadr was 15 when he threw a grenade that killed Sgt. 1st class Christopher Speer. After a military court found Khadr guilty, the Justice Department reduced his sentence to eight years, to be served in a Canadian facility, according to The Washington Times.
Sgt. Lane Morris, who served alongside Speer and who lost an eye in the attack, told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that the terrorist’s release “all started with the Obama administration” in a deal made “behind the prosecutor’s back.”
Khadr served “one [year] in Guantanamo, and one in Canada,” he added.
Morris told Van Susteren that the attack occurred when the U.S. soldiers were tracking Khadr’s father, another terrorist who “was bin Laden’s finance guy.”
Khadr and six of his companions “wanted to go out in a blaze of glory,” Morris said, and started lobbing grenades at the Americans. In addition to Speer, the terrorists also killed two Afghan interpreters.
Although Khadr, now 28, was born in Toronto, he was raised for the most part in Pakistan.
Khadir’s lawyers claim the terrorist is a changed man, and one Canadian court refers to him as a “model prisoner.” On that basis, Khadr was granted bail pending an appeal of his original conviction, despite the objections of the prosecution team.
“We feel that Mr. Khadr, until a final decision is rendered by the court, should stay behind bars,” Steven Blaney, Canada’s Public Safety Minister, told a local paper, NPR reported.
The Times reported:
The Canadian government asserted that the terms of Khadr’s release from Guantanamo Bay detention facility barred the court from granting him bail, that he is a risk to the public and that doing so could be diplomatically damaging, NPR reported.
Terrorism expert Max Abrahms of Northeastern University told Fox that officials should not be surprised if Khadr ultimately turns towards terrorism again.
“The terrorism recidivism rate is quite high, particularly for Islamist terrorists,” Abrahms said. “Indeed, a very large portion of the most senior Islamic State leadership was once behind bars. When you release from prison an Islamist terrorist, do not be surprised if he re-engages in terrorism.”
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