Outrage over Canada’s decision to pay a convicted terrorist $10.5 million after he filed a complaint about being captured and mistreated by American soldiers at Guantánamo Bay is mounting. Convicted terrorist Omar Ahmed Khadr killed Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer and wounded Sgt. Layne Morris with a grenade when he was 15 years old. Speer was looking for survivors after a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002 when Khadr launched the grenade that killed Speer and injured Morris, blinding the surviving veteran.
The Canadian Supreme Court determined Khadr’s rights were violated but never said he was owed money. However, with help from Amnesty International Canada and several human rights groups, Khadr launched another lawsuit seeking $20 million. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided it was appropriate to settle and negotiated the $10.5 million payout.
According to Amnesty International Canada, "Omar Khadr is believed to be the only child soldier put on trial in modern history. Canadian Courts and UN experts have repeatedly called on the government to provide a remedy for the human rights violations in this case, including torture and ill-treatment," their website states. "Amnesty International believes that no one under 18 years old should ever have been transferred to Guantánamo, and that no Guantánamo detainee, let alone one who was a child at the time of his alleged crime, should be subject to a military commission trial."
Speers’ widow and Morris received nothing as directed by a Canadian court.
“Like a punch in the face,” Morris told the Toronto Sun when asked about the payout. “We didn’t understand the deal but we didn’t think that the government would do a behind-the-scenes move like that.”
Morris accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of treason and told the Sun he should be charged with treason.
Brian Lilley, the host of “Beyond the News,” joined the “Pat & Stu” guys to discuss why the Canadian government is paying millions of dollars to a convicted terrorist even though 71 percent of Canadians, including liberals, oppose the payout.