August 8th, 2010
03:52 PM ET
12 years ago

First trial of Gitmo prisoner under Obama administration to begin


Depending on the time devoted to a variety of motions, the trial of Canadian citizen Omar Khadr could begin as soon as Monday at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (CNN) - Final preparations were underway Sunday for what will be the Obama administration's first full military commission hearing, set to begin this week.

A few hours after an 8 a.m. recording of the national anthem that blared across Guantanamo's Camp Justice, attorneys for the Military Commission - both prosecutors and defense attorneys - met with judges to plot out the procedures and schedules of what could play out in the courtroom this week.

Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, the youngest detainee in the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was only 15. Now 23, he is set to go on trial, charged with terrorist acts for al Qaeda and the killing of a U.S. Special Forces soldier.

His Pentagon-appointed lawyer, Lt. Col. Jon Jackson, tried and failed to have the trial stopped - the Supreme Court denied his request Friday. And depending on the time devoted to a variety of motions, the trial could begin as soon as Monday.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Wait a minute....

    I thought Obama was closing he's running George Bush like military tribunals.

    Is this the change you voted for? You got suckered if you did.

    August 8, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Rick CT

    I thought Gitmo was closed this past January. St. Barack promised it would be.

    August 8, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Ernie DelFiacco

    Closing Gitmo has nothing to do with holding trails. If it were closed tomorrow there still would be trails. What is holding up Gitmo is finding a place to move them. In order to do that Congress must approve the funds to purchase or build a place in the U.S. In the end some of the prisioners at Gitmo will never be placed on trail because of security.

    August 8, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. mother and sister of soldiers

    Close Gitmo, house these terrorists on our soil at taxpayers expense and give them all the rights our country offers....I think not! Let them be tried by the very men they set out to kill regardless of citizenship or age!

    August 8, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Artie

    Oh heavens these poor old detainees getting beat up on by the wicked old USA !

    August 8, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    The party of NO blocks funding to transfer them out of GITMO – get the facts and stop the hate and fear propaganda.

    August 8, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Gaylon Barrow NOT ASHAMED for the truth!!!

    He won't do anything with these people except return them to their countries with a pat on the back. We have one more useless President sitting in the Oval Office disrespecting it with his feet upon a historical desk. Someone should knock his feet off that desk and spit in his face.

    August 8, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Steve in Denver

    @Wait a minute: Yes, this IS the change I voted for. It was wrong to put prisoners in Gitmo, deny them access to courts and international agencies. Obama promised to end it.

    Now, however, he gets in office and realizes that the problem is deeper than it appeared from the outside. So, with new knowledge, and now responsible for what happens to these people, he changes plans.

    Now, I want gitmo closed and the bush detainees there either prosecuted or released. However, this president studies issues before acting. This president takes his duty to protect America seriously, and alters plans when he sees they are unworkable.

    Unlike the last moron, who opened Gitmo and shredded the constitution, who only studied issues in his gut, and has us in a severe recession, fighting two wars, and with hundreds of people illegally detained, several of whom tortured, and a myriad of other major problems.

    No one could clean up all the shrub's failed policies in a year and a half.

    I have confidence that Obama is working to clean up this particular mess as best he and his administration can.

    Yes, this is the change I voted for. I'm mighty glad we went with the smart one this time.

    August 8, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Proud member of Global Zero

    I am glad this is finally going to happen. Close this prison. Put everyone that believes in torture into this prison, or send them to Arizona

    August 8, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Steve in Denver

    @Rick CT: Will you neocons ever think before you repeat a stupid comment? St. Barack? Your gods, limbaugh, hannity, the former half-governor of Alaska, and mcshame created the "annointed one" crap. None of the left sees him as a saint, savior, or anything else but an accomplished, thoughtful, gifted leader. Unlike you and your brain-dead friends' adoration to all things republican, we on the left disagree with some of Obama's policies. We believe in dissent. If Obama starts a war based on lies, tortures people, illegally wiretaps American citizens, I will be out to remove him from office.

    What's next? The teleprompter stuff (your saints rush and the coward hannity use teleprompters).

    So glad we went with the smart one this time!

    August 8, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. jim

    Didn't you get the memo.Gitmo has been closed since Jan,20 2010.HA!HA!..........

    August 8, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Lib Hunter

    Obama should just give the guy a job in "The Regime." He would fit right in.

    August 8, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. steve raymond

    so an executive order was made to close Gitmo............but nobody is going to jail for not closing an executive order is a good a a pile of dog $hit..............and that means our health care bill will fund abortions because the executive order to ban federal funding is as good a dog $hit.......

    this obama character is a a real good joke america..........but i am not laughing..........elect a real leader in 2012.......enough is enough

    August 8, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. New Age Independant

    And it only took two years...

    August 8, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Don Wuerl

    Trial? We could avoid this circus by executing via firing squad!

    August 8, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. Gil

    How would you feel towards the US if you had been held for 9 years and more without charges or a trial? We have stooped to a new low with our behavior and Gitmo needs to be closed forever. Shame on US.

    August 8, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Greg

    You cannot even fit his toe! poor frogs croaaack croaaak!

    August 8, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Al - Washington

    I predict the terrorist will go free. He has a brother in the White House who carries influence in the Nation of Islam (formerly America).

    August 8, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. canada guy

    you guys just dont get it..... a 15 year old boy spends 1/3 of his life in your hell hole without proof, trial or any kind of justice... hope you are all proud

    btw, canada will take its citizen in, if the US will release him


    August 8, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. Meka

    Thank you Mr. President!

    August 8, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |