Seen is the outpost where Former US Special Forces Sgt. Layne Morris and Canadian soldiers served from Afghanistan.
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OTTAWA - Public Safety Minister Vic Toews offered no comment Friday on whether the feds would consider charging Omar Khadr with treason after fresh revelations suggest the boy terrorist knew he was targeting Canadian soldiers.
Layne Morris, a former sergeant with the US special forces, told Ezra Levant on Sun News Network's program The Source that Christopher Speer, the US army medic killed by Khadr, was operating from an army outpost in eastern Afghanistan secured by Canadian soldiers. That would have been clear to anyone watching the base, as a Canadian flag flew prominently overhead.
Morris says Khadr would have known the IEDs he was building and planting would be targeting Canadians as well as Americans.
"I've often wondered when I heard that Omar engaged in those activities, I wonder if he was conflicted at all to look at Canadians running that base. And I wonder if he said to himself, 'wow, those are my countrymen. I shouldn't be engaged in this type of conflict against them,'" Morris said.
Asked about Morris' statement, Toews said Friday that Khadr was now in the hands of Corrections Canada and the National Parole Board, and any further legal proceedings are outside his jurisdiction.
University of Ottawa law professor Carissima Mathen said both the federal and provincial governments have the power to lay treason charges but that it would likely be a challenging case for the Crown to pursue.
"You can't just show he should have known (Canadian soldiers were there), you would have to show beyond a reasonable doubt he did know," she said.
Morris said Khadr had plenty of time to contemplate whether to keep fighting during the July 27, 2002, battle from the time U.S. forces surrounded the base until the compound was bombed and he was ultimately captured and sent to the US military base in Guatanamo Bay, Cuba.
"It was probably a good hour by the time the bombing ended and the team went in there. So Omar had a good hour in there by himself thinking and considering 'what do I do? Would now be a good time to quit? Or just what should I do?'," he said.
Morris, who was injured by shrapnel during the fight, said it was then that Khadr threw the grenade that killed Speer.
Then 15 years old, Khadr was severely wounded during the firefight and captured by U.S. soldiers.
"He asked them to kill him. He was belligerent. He wanted to die. He wanted to go out as a martyr, which, you know, that whole entire group had been trying to do," Morris said.
In 2010, Khadr struck a plea deal during his trial in return for an eight-year sentence for five war crimes, including Speer's murder. He was repatriated to Canada in September and is being held at Millhaven maximum security penitentiary near Kingston, ON.
Morris called Khadr's potential imminent return to freedom - he's eligible to apply for parole next spring - an "outrage."
"Why do you want to turn this man loose? It makes no sense," he said.
Morris added he's sympathetic to Canadians concerned about Khadr's return to Canada.
"Your countrymen need to watch their back and watch this man very closely in the unfortunate event of his being released," he told Levant, "because Omar Khadr is not finished."