William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

(Says Snowball Call Unfair?)

Terrorist Omar Khadr’s down in Guantanamo Bay
and they can bloody well keep him there
that’s what my Canadian buddies all say
He killed US Medic, Christopher Speer
he saw the red cross, it was very clear
he listened to his Al Qaeda boss and tossed
the grenade at the cross
killing a healer – that was a great loss

Unfortunately, no virgins he got
‘cause he survived when he was shot
and now he lives in Guantanamo Bay
he stays in his cell each and every day
Is his lawyer free? Does the Al Qaeda pay
to help this murderer get away?
Lawyer Richard Wilson he knows all
about Khadr’s snowball call!

When he throws lump feces at his guard
that can make Omar’s life extremely hard
his privileges they will take away
for this breach of rules he has to pay
the guards ask for the psycho doc on call
to attend for a code word named snowball!
Khadr’ll stay in cells for many’s the year
for murdering medic, Christopher Speer!


Can West News Service

OTTAWA — Psychologists punish terrorism suspects jailed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for acting out by taking away their clothes, Korans and all other possessions for extended periods of time, according to the only Canadian detainee held there.

Omar Khadr, 18, recently told his American lawyers he mistrusts the U.S. military psychologists charged with assessing his mental health, because he believes they are directly connected to interrogators.

Khadr said when staff at the United States installation call in a psychologist, they use the code word “snowball.” In a declaration filed in U.S. district court. Khadr’s lawyer, Richard Wilson, said the teen described this process as a pretext when a detainee is accused of doing something wrong.

Examples of misbehaviour cited include spitting on a guard, throwing urine or faeces, aggressive actions, or harming oneself. Khadr said psychologists have two options when a detainee becomes a danger to himself: medicate, or remove all his possessions for at least five days.

“During this time the detainee is left with only his underpants, even in the exercise yard, and with no personal items (thick sleeping mat, toothbrush and tooth-paste, slippers. Koran, outer clothing including pants, cotton shirt and T-shirt) reads Wilson’s declaration.

It adds if detainees don’t act out or harm themselves after five days, a psychologist will instruct a guard to return one item per day until they are restored in full. “The psychologists tell the detainees that this is for their own protection, but all of the detainees experience this as punishment.”

Omar Khadr, son of now-deceased Canadian al-Qaeda financier Ahmed Said Khadr, was only 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan in 2002, following a shootout with U.S. troops. The teen was shot three times after allegedly throwing a grenade and killing American medic Christopher Speer.

Last Monday, the Ottawa Citizen reported that two recent psychiatric evaluations of Khadr suggest he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and may be at risk of suicide. The assessments were based on notes and questionnaires administered by Khadr’s lawyers during visits to Guantanamo Bay in November 2004 and April 2005.

The United States government has dismissed these evaluations and insists its own reviews of Khadr have shown he is in good health. The teen’s co-counsel argued tactics like “snowball” lead his client to mistrust military psychologists and render their diagnoses unreliable, however.

“[Khadr] doesn’t trust anyone down there, and nor should he,” Muneer Ahrnad said in an interview.

“The mental-health staff there is seen not as there to help, but really as a pre-text for punishment,” he added. “So the guards call a snowball, and they know the result is to provide a predicate or basis for removing some of the very few items the detainees have.

A Pentagon spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment, but the American Justice Department recently submitted an affidavit describing conditions at Guantanamo and defending its medical staff.

Cmdr. John Edmondson, who is directly responsible for medical care at Guantanamo Bay and oversees operation of the detention hospital, said detainees always have access to doctors or nurses, including those attached to a 21-person behavioural sciences section.

“Medical care is not provided, denied, or affected by a detainee’s co-operation [or not] in interrogations,” Edmondson said in the document.

“Further, medical records of detainees are not available to interrogators, and interrogations are not permitted to interfere with medical needs of detainees.

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