December 19, 2005


Terror suspect in Canada allegedly confesses: Affidavit: Police say man admitted buying weapons for al Qaeda (AP, 12/19/05)

A man accused of purchasing weapons for al Qaeda confessed to U.S. and Canadian authorities that he bought the firearms for use against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

In an affidavit submitted to the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, where Abdullah Khadr appeared at a preliminary hearing, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Konrad Shourie said Khadr admitted his ties to senior al Qaeda members. Shourie said Khadr confessed to having purchased guns and rocket launchers and his role in a plot to assassinate the Pakistani prime minister. [...]

On Sunday his lawyer, Dennis Edney, accused the U.S. of participating in the "abuse of Mr. Khadr for the past 18 months in a Pakistani prison." He said the United States had pressed Khadr for "evidence against persons of interest to the U.S., people whom he didn't know."

If we're pressing admitted terrorists for information then who among us is safe?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 19, 2005 4:23 PM

First they came for the weapons dealers...

Posted by: Timothy at December 19, 2005 4:31 PM

And assassins....

There was a funny bit this weekend with some lefty demanding that all the names of folks the NSA was listening to be released so we could see the "scope of the violations of our privacy...."

You have to be pretty nutty to think the release of a few hundred Arabic names is going to harm the Administration.

Posted by: oj at December 19, 2005 4:36 PM

Canaduh, you say? Well, who'd a thunk it from such a loyal ally!

Posted by: obc at December 19, 2005 5:14 PM

Obviously, the confession was obtained through Canadian torture methods at some isolated RCMP post in Yellowknife of Whitehorse. Where the heck is the Canadian Civil Liberties Union when you need it?

Posted by: John at December 19, 2005 11:43 PM


Darn right. We don't mess around up here. Seventy-two hours of this at high volume and they'll confess to anything.

Posted by: Peter B at December 20, 2005 6:52 AM

I think I'm starting to see it: we keep talking about Canuckistanis because they're so much funnier than Latvians.

On the serious side, the underlying prosecution illustrates the legal consequence of being part of a criminal organization such as al Qaeda. Subject to the laws of the jurisdiction from which the weapons were obtained, it could not be considered criminal to procure weapons for a lawful belligerent.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 20, 2005 7:10 AM

Peter --

Does Don Cherry sing it?

Posted by: John at December 20, 2005 9:57 AM