Video Of A Gitmo Interrogation
Video was released Tuesday of a February, 2003 Gitmo interrogation of a then-16-year-old detainee, a Canadian named Omar Khadr.
Amnesty International, among other groups, wants the Canadian government to ask the United States to return Khadr to Canada, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper objects. Khadr is now 21, and has been held for six years.
Khadr’s attorneys are saying he was tortured to get confessions and that Canada’s participation at Guantanamo Bay is a violation of the rule of law.
At one point during one of the interviews, Khadr raises his orange shirt to show wounds on his back and stomach that he says he sustained during the firefight.
“I’m not a doctor, but I think you’re getting good medical care,” the interrogator responds. As with all the agents in the video, his face is blacked out to protect his identity.
Khadr cries, “I lost my eyes. I lost my feet. Everything!” in reference to how the firefight in Afghanistan affected his vision.
“No, you still have your eyes and your feet are still at the end of your legs, you know,” a man says.
Between gasping sobs, Khadr tells the agent several times, “You don’t care about me.”
As Khadr continues crying, the agent calls for a break.
“Look, I want to take a few minutes. I want you to get yourself together. Relax a bit. Have a bite to eat and we’ll start again,” the interrogator says.
Khadr chants in haunting voice
Then Khadr begins sobbing with his head in both his hands, chanting over and over again in a haunting voice. His words are difficult to hear, but he seems to be saying repeatedly, “Kill me.”
The video is hard to see because slats from a ventilation grill block much of the shot. This is just a few minutes of a seven hour interrogation. You can see chest and back wounds that had not healed months after he was captured in Afghanistan. The video was made by the US military and given to Khadr’s lawyers by court order. Khadr, who is accused of killing an American soldier in Afghanistan in July, 2002, is questioned by Canadian intelligence.
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