Saying it “feels like a dirty deal,” a special forces soldier denounced a $10.5 million cash settlement given to a Guantanamo detainee who blinded him in one eye in a grenade attack.
…and says Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau should be charged with treason over the deal.
Omar Khadr, who also killed U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Speer in the attack, won the settlement with the Canadian government for abuse he allegedly sustained while in prison, according to The Toronto Sun.
— Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) July 9, 2017
“Like a punch in the face,” said Lance Morris, a former U.S. Army special forces sergeant, of the settlement. “We didn’t understand the deal but we didn’t think that the government would do a behind-the-scenes move like that.”
Khadr was held for more than 10 years at Guantanamo Bay, before President Barack Obama, who was doing his best to empty Gitmo, released him to Canada.
“It was just as secretive,” his wife, Leisl, said of the terrorist being released. “President Obama moved him in the middle of the night back to Canada and nobody even knew. He sure gets special treatment.”
— Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) July 8, 2017
“It’s well-documented that Omar Khadr’s father was a chief fundraiser for Osama Bin Laden,” Morris added. “I hate to be the one to ask but is anybody going to keep tabs on Omar’s movements, now that he has this money? Is anybody going to track where that money is hidden?”
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The Khadr family is rightfully known as Canada’s First Family of Terror. This so-called “child soldier” and “good kid” was a full-blown Muslim soldier of jihad; he trained one-on-one in weaponry, explosives and Jew hatred. A then-teenage Khadr bragged to a U.S. official “that the proudest moment of his life was constructing and planting IEDs” to “kill U.S. forces.”
As for Obama’s hope of emptying Gitmo, that effort is sure to be reversed by the Trump administration.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited the prison Friday and has said it’s a “perfectly acceptable” place to detain new terrorism suspects, Fox News reported.
“We’ve spent a lot of money fixing it up,” he told the conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt in March. “I’m inclined to the view that it remains a perfectly acceptable place. And I think the fact is that a lot of the criticisms have just been totally exaggerated.”
Morris said criminals typically “pay for their crimes but this time we are paying the criminal for his crimes.”
“It’s kind of ass backwards you have to admit,” he said.
And make no mistake about it, the former special ops soldier lays the responsibility at the feet of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“I don’t see this as anything but treason,” Morris told The Sun. “It’s something a traitor would do. As far as I am concerned, Prime Minister Trudeau should be charged.”
Along with widow Tabitha Speer and her fatherless kids, Morris won a $102 million settlement against Khadr in the U.S., the newspaper noted, but they are not likely to ever see a payout.
He said the “sneakiness” of the Canadian government to shield Khadr from having his foul-smelling windfall exposed to an American court order is “salt being rubbed in the wounds,” but stressed that he doesn’t lie awake at night thinking about the terrorist.
“I rarely give that turd a second thought,” Morris appropriately summed it up.
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