Wednesday, April 25, 2007

and yet more news today...

Guantánamo Detainee Charged
Published: April 25, 2007

A Canadian detained in Afghanistan and held at Guantánamo Bay since 2002 was charged with murder. The detainee, Omar Khadr, 20, is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a Special Forces soldier while fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and planting mines aimed at American convoys. The military charged him with murder, providing support to terrorism, attempted murder, conspiracy and spying.

Can you imagine being arrested at the age of 16 and imprisoned with no charges brought against you for four years? Me, neither. On the other hand, at 16 I probably couldn't have found Afghanistan on a map, nor recognized a real hand grenade if it landed at my feet.

On a final note, three years ago today more than a million people descended on Washington, DC to participate in the March for Women's Lives, in a demonstration of solidarity to protect women's health and women's futures. Last week, five men decided they know better.

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