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    Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision

    Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision - Edmonton - CBC News

    In its split ruling, the appeals court set aside the military commission conviction of Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, a Guantanamo Bay detainee who did media relations for Osama bin Laden.

    In essence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the conspiracy case against al-Bahlul was legally flawed because conspiracy is not a war crime similar to arguments Khadr has made. The commission only had jurisdiction to try internationally recognized war crimes, the court said.
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    Re: Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision

    It does sound like a valid legal argument.

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    Re: Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision

    Pretty much everything about Guantanamo Bay, from it's inception, are our war crimes. So yeah, I agree with this, it's at least beginning to approach some rational thinking.
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    Re: Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Pretty much everything about Guantanamo Bay, from it's inception, are our war crimes. So yeah, I agree with this, it's at least beginning to approach some rational thinking.
    From what I understand this is not the 1st case that was overturned by courts.
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    Re: Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Pretty much everything about Guantanamo Bay, from it's inception, are our war crimes. So yeah, I agree with this, it's at least beginning to approach some rational thinking.
    You haven't thought about that very deeply, have you. But you do have an opinion. That is embarrassing.

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    Re: Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision

    We have a whole set of problems linked to having laws, conceptions of rights and international agreements in place that are not functional in the circumstances now prevailing. This is getting worse and will continue to do so until we have worked out a better set and a structure to deal with our new reality.

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    I'm not sure I understand this. Is the court saying that conspiracy to conduct a terrorist act is not a war crime? Or is it saying that the conspiracy is irrelevant to the crime? Can some of the Canadian legalese speakers explain this?
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    Re: Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I'm not sure I understand this. Is the court saying that conspiracy to conduct a terrorist act is not a war crime? Or is it saying that the conspiracy is irrelevant to the crime? Can some of the Canadian legalese speakers explain this?
    Its hard to imagine that conspiring to commit a war crime isn't a war crime, but that does seem to be what they are saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
    Its hard to imagine that conspiring to commit a war crime isn't a war crime, but that does seem to be what they are saying
    My own personal thoughts on the entire Omar Khadr case aside: Holy ****, that's ****ing ridiculous.
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    Re: Omar Khadr war crime convictions questioned after U.S. court decision

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I'm not sure I understand this. Is the court saying that conspiracy to conduct a terrorist act is not a war crime? Or is it saying that the conspiracy is irrelevant to the crime? Can some of the Canadian legalese speakers explain this?
    It goes to the authority of the Military tribunals. What they were permitted and what they were not.
    From what we have seen, they could not organize a cluster****.
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