Guantanamo's Final Days

America prepares to shutter the infamous prison camp, and jihad looms

Khadr's family has other plans. His mother recently said the family dreams of starting a farm upon his return. They will raise animals, she says, "far away from the pressure of the media and the pressure of the community who are so confused about our life."

Back in Salt Lake City, Layne Morris isn't buying any of it. He points out that one of Khadr's sisters has publicly advocated jihad and a brother has admitted to smuggling weapons to Al-Qaeda and plotting to kill the Pakistani prime minister. Most recently, Khadr's family showed up at a Toronto courtroom to show solidarity for a terrorist cell accused of planning to use truck bombs to blow up buildings in the city's downtown.

"People have a short attention span, I guess," Morris says. "9/11 was, what, seven years ago? And already we forget about what we lost. I'm not complaining. There's so many other guys who made greater sacrifices than I have. Christopher Speer had a wife and two very young children, and that speaks for itself.

Some of the worst abuses at
Guantánamo may have taken place in these hastily built plywood
interrogation rooms, next to Camp X-Ray, which housed the prison’s first detainees from January to April 2002. That camp and these rooms haven’t been used since.
Barry Bland
Some of the worst abuses at Guantánamo may have taken place in these hastily built plywood interrogation rooms, next to Camp X-Ray, which housed the prison’s first detainees from January to April 2002. That camp and these rooms haven’t been used since.
An unused
cell block
inside Camp 5,
Guantánamo Bay’s medium-security facility
Barry Bland
An unused cell block inside Camp 5, Guantánamo Bay’s medium-security facility

"Omar Khadr? People say he's a confused kid, but he knew exactly what he was doing. The way I see it, he should stay in jail for as long as he remains a threat to America."

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