Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story Of Omar Khadr

by Michelle Shephard

John Wiley & Sons | April 16, 2010 | Hardcover

5 out of 5 rating. 3 Reviews
A prize-winning journalist tells the troubling story of Canadian Omar Khadr, who has spent a quarter of his life growing up in Guantanamo Bay.

Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in July 2002 at the age of 15. Accused by the Pentagon of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. soldier Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, Khadr faces charges of conspiracy and murder. His case is set to be the first war crimes trial since World War II.

In Guantanamo''s Child, veteran reporter Michelle Shephard traces Khadr''s roots in Canada, Pakistan and Afghanistan, growing up surrounded by al Qaeda''s elite. She examines how his despised family, dubbed "Canada''s First Family of Terrorism," has overshadowed his trial and left him alone behind bars for more than five years. Khadr''s story goes to the heart of what''s wrong with the U.S. administration''s post-9/11 policies and why Canada is guilty by association. His story explains how the lack of due process can create victims and lead to retribution, and instead of justice, fuel terrorism.

Michelle Shephard is a national security reporter for the Toronto Star and the recipient of Canada''s top two journalism awards.

"You will be shocked, saddened and in the end angry at the story this page turner of a book exposes. I read it straight through and Omar Khadr''s plight is one you cannot forget."
-Michael Ratner, New York, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights

"Michelle Shephard''s richly reported, well written account of Omar Khadr''s trajectory from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the cells of Guantanamo is a microcosm of the larger "war on terror" in which the teenaged Khadr either played the role of a jihadist murderer or tragic pawn or, perhaps, both roles."
-Peter Bergen, author of Holy war, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I know

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: April 16, 2010

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0470841176

ISBN - 13: 9780470841174

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Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story Of Omar Khadr

Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story Of Omar Khadr

by Michelle Shephard

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: April 16, 2010

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470841176

ISBN - 13: 9780470841174

About the Book

A prizewinning journalist looks at one of Al-Qaeda's newest and deadliest recruits

Involved in a firefight in Afghanistan that killed a decorated U.S. medic, Al-Qaeda-trained Omar Khadr now faces charges of conspiracy and murder. Sent to Guantanamo at only 15, Khadr belongs to "Canada's first family of terror," a dubious distinction that has made him a folk hero to radicalized young Muslims the world over, while fueling hatred for both the U.S. and Canada. In Guantanamo's Child, veteran reporter Michelle Shephard examines the frightening phenomenon of home-grown terrorists, their process of radicalization, and the significance of commonly held notions of law, such as due process and protection of individual rights, in cases such as Khadr's.

Michelle Shephard (Toronto, ON, Canada) is a national security reporter for the Toronto Star and the recipient of two of Canada's top journalism awards.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Author''s Note.

Chapter One. "Shoot Me".

Chapter Two. Al Kanadi.

Chapter Three. the Khadr Effect.

Chapter Four. Flight or Fight.

Chapter Five. "Don''t Forgat Me".

Chapter Six. The Elephant and the Ant.

Chapter Seven. "We Are an al Qaeda Family".

Chapter Eight. "It''s Destroying Us Slowly".

Chapter Nine. "There Are No Rules".

Chapter Ten. Law and Disorder.

Afterword.

Appendix: List of Principle Characters.

Notes.

Select Bibliography.

Index.

From the Publisher

A prize-winning journalist tells the troubling story of Canadian Omar Khadr, who has spent a quarter of his life growing up in Guantanamo Bay.

Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in July 2002 at the age of 15. Accused by the Pentagon of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. soldier Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, Khadr faces charges of conspiracy and murder. His case is set to be the first war crimes trial since World War II.

In Guantanamo''s Child, veteran reporter Michelle Shephard traces Khadr''s roots in Canada, Pakistan and Afghanistan, growing up surrounded by al Qaeda''s elite. She examines how his despised family, dubbed "Canada''s First Family of Terrorism," has overshadowed his trial and left him alone behind bars for more than five years. Khadr''s story goes to the heart of what''s wrong with the U.S. administration''s post-9/11 policies and why Canada is guilty by association. His story explains how the lack of due process can create victims and lead to retribution, and instead of justice, fuel terrorism.

Michelle Shephard is a national security reporter for the Toronto Star and the recipient of Canada''s top two journalism awards.

"You will be shocked, saddened and in the end angry at the story this page turner of a book exposes. I read it straight through and Omar Khadr''s plight is one you cannot forget."
-Michael Ratner, New York, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights

"Michelle Shephard''s richly reported, well written account of Omar Khadr''s trajectory from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the cells of Guantanamo is a microcosm of the larger "war on terror" in which the teenaged Khadr either played the role of a jihadist murderer or tragic pawn or, perhaps, both roles."
-Peter Bergen, author of Holy war, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I know

From the Jacket

An excerpt from Guantanamo''s Child:

Omar had been through the drill many times before. The guards would arrive early in the morning, shackle him, and cover his eyes and ears for the drive to camp Iguana, where he would wait for his visitors while chained by the ankle to a hook bolted to the floor. that morning, he remained there for hours until Edney and Whitling were led in. the Edmonton lawyers had been fighting for Omar for four years but had never met him. They could hardly believe they were standing in front of him.

Omar smiled. His family had written to him about h is Canadian lawyers and had sent a picture they had taken during one visit, so Omar know the men before him were Dennis and Nate. But his family hadn''t prepared him for Edney''s accent. Omar had been exposed to many languages inside Guantanamo and had even picked up a Saudi accent, but he had never heard anything quite like Edney''s Scottish brogue. Omar began laughing as Edney talked, cutting through the tension.

For two days, Edney and Whitling tried to get to know Omar. Together they ate the picnic lunch of olives, cheese, bread and candies that they had brought, Edney tussling with Omar to make sure he received his fair share of the sweets. Edney talked almost as much as he listened. He told stories about Omar''s family and told him about Kareem and Abdullah. "Your sister Zaynab is always trying to bully me," Edney said and flashed a smile. Edney told Omar about his sons and showed him pictures. "You''ve got to have hope, Omar," Edney told him just before he left. "Without hope, we all die."

"I wont'' give up on you," Omar replied, "but you''ll give up on me. Everyone does."

Omar hugged them and asked Edney if he could keep a photo of Edney''s son Duncan in his hockey uniform. then he gave whitling a paper origami bird and asked him to give it to his wife as a present.

"You will be shocked, saddened and in the end made angry at the story this page-turner of a book exposes. I read it straight through, and Omar Khadr''s plight is one you cannot forget."
-Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York

About the Author

Michelle Shephard is National Security reporter for The Toronto Star and has covered the story of Oamr Khadr since he was captured in July 2002. During her ten years in journalism she has won Canada''s top two newspaper awards: the National Newspaper Award for investigations and the Governor General''s Michener Award for public service journalism.
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