Scott Horton Interviews Becky Akers

Scott Horton, November 05, 2010

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Becky Akers, columnist at Lewrockwell.com, discusses the “Railroading of Omar Khadr,” the 15-year old Khadr’s travel to Afghanistan with his al-Qaeda associated father, disputed accounts of a US raid during which Khadr was seriously injured and arrested for killing a medic, the torture Khadr endured while incarcerated at Guantanamo for 8 years and his Military Commission plea deal for time served plus eight more years (7 of those in a Canadian prison).

MP3 here. (20:02)

Becky Akers, an expert on the American Revolution, writes frequently about issues related to security and privacy. Her articles and columns have been published by LewRockwell.com, The Freeman, Military History Magazine, American History Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Post, and other publications.

12 Responses to “Becky Akers”

  1. They do control US population by torturing people from other countries. First of all it gets the warmongers salivating for more war and second of all, those of us who do speak out have this shadow hanging over us. Aren't we all just a little bit uneasy and uncertain that we might be the next victim of some secret operation ?

  2. Anyone interested in further information regarding Mr. Khadr's plight should visit the University of Toronto page linked here:
    http://www.law.utoronto.ca/faculty_content.asp?it

    At this page, the reader will find all of the court papers from Mr. Khadr's legal proceedings in Canada plus a wealth of documentation proving that Canada never had any real interest in preserving or protecting Mr. Khadr's rights. Indeed, there is even proof that Canadian officials interrogated Mr. Khadr while he was held by the americans at Guantanamo. This fact alone flies in the face of Canada's feigned efforts to protect Mr. Khadr.

    The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the legally binding instrument that Ms. Akers was trying to remember. This Treaty, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, dealing with "child soldiers", which was signed by former president Clinton at the United Nations on July 5, 2000 and has also been ratified by Canada, were violated by the u.s. and Canada in the most blatant and treacherous fashion.

    Even the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, though it was very fractious at the time, put forth an exhaustive political and legal struggle in an effort to get its citizens released from Guantanamo. The European Court of Human Rights declared that the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina had exhausted all political remedies in their efforts. Canada can make no such claim, as it is readily apparent that all the charades implemented putatively on behalf of Mr. Khadr were preemptively undermined by the Canadian courts and government itself. Canada's complicity goes further. The fact that they interrogated Mr. Khadr while in captivity at Guantanamo proves what side they are really on. All the charades played out in their courts were simply to quell the angry citizens who were quickly realising that their government will sell them out in a heartbeat in favor of staying on good terms with america.

    Further, it is well known that Canada has committed, and lost, many troops in its blind support for america's war on thinking. For a list of some of these men and women, along with their pictures and a few other details, click here:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/afghanistan/cas

    Canadian citizenship is worth about as much as Turkey's status as an ally of the u.s. – nothing. When it really counts the most, with lives and liberty hanging in the balance, all the nations and people of the world can count on america to consistently ignore such matters and focus its efforts on empire building regardless of the costs – weather they be measured in broken alliances, human death and suffering, or national shame. It is difficult to discern weather Canada's actions in the case of Mr. Khadr are the result of fear or an effort to preserve business and other relations. Either way, the end result presents a clear picture of the true status of Canadian citizenship. When the chips are down, and the real decisions are made, the fact is that Canada has essentially surrendered its sovereignty to the americans and, accordingly, will surrender its people as well. What a pathetic display of political cowardice.

    For pictures of Mr. Khadr immediately after he was shot in the back by a brave american, click here:
    http://montrealsimon.blogspot.com/2008/07/omar-kh

  3. Thanx for the linx. I got more out of your comment than the intervew.

  4. You might also be interested in reading Tony Keller's article entitled "Stalin would have been proud" (on Antiwar today – above – under Highlights). There, Mr. Keller gives a very colorful real-world analysis of some of the abuses Mr. Khadr was subjected to even prior to being imprisoned at Guantanamo. Mr. Keller touches on the human suffering aspect and the hopelessness faced by Mr. Khadr in a brief, but compelling manner.

  5. We Americans know how spineless Canadians are. This does not surprise me at all.

  6. **************!!!! TOUR DE FORCE………!!! We need more like YOU here………..

    For what America has done to Omar Khadir, Shame on America!!! Shame on Obama!!!…………….. Shame on us ALL !!! To CHARGE a BOY with WAR CRIMES, while the real war criminals who killed a MILLION with Forgeries and LIES slither away to their many million DOLLAR RETIREMENTS…..

    SHAME..!!! SHAME..!!! SHAME..!!! SHAME..!!! SHAME..!!! SHAME..!!! SHAME..!!!

  7. Don't be such a fool..!!! Judging by the way taxpayers in Canada get more benefits and less war, it's us Americans who are the spineless ones…!!!!! We let the thieves cast our money to the wind……… We are the COWARDS who abuse and TORTURE CHILDREN to hide the TRUTH…. YES….!!!!! It's US….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I'm surprised the guest wasn't aware of the abuse of prisoners in our own prisons. I thought it was a well-known fact. http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2004/05/13/prisoner-ab

  9. There's nothing wrong with the "Eh" Team. Canadians are fine folks. Their government, however, has betrayed them. Don't forget that Canada also allowed america to kidnap and rendition Mr. Maher Arar. This Canadian citizen was kidnapped and taken by the u.s. cia to Syria and was tortured for ten months.

    After his torture and eventual release, Canada investigated him, determined he was innocent, and paid him some compensation. The money used as compensation, of course, came from other Canadian citizens in the form of taxes paid to its traitorous government. The officials who looked the other way and allowed Mr. Arar to be kidnapped by the americans remain unscathed both financially and politically. The compensation given to Mr. Arar should have come from the personal holdings of the Canadian politicians who were complicit in his kidnap and torture.

    Here are some links that will serve as reminder of the suffering Mr. Arar endured when his government abandoned him:
    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-2007-10-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvTJDjoJlCk

  10. Jens,
    You're absolutely right. Using taxpayers' money to compensate the victim of the Canadian government's treason is like stomping a chicken to death – then using other chickens from the same clutch as live handmops to sop up the mess. Those f*ckers ought to be thrown out of office and into prison post haste.

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