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Terrorist Compensation Underscores Two Problems

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Horrible precedent set by Canadian government with payment to terrorist


With the announcement that the government of Canada will be compensating suspected and admitted terrorist Omar Khadr a sum totaling over $10 million, the controversy surrounding the decision highlights the problems on both sides.

Creating an unnerving precedent, the government of Canada has shown its desire for political correctness by the move. And with more known terrorists being held in places like Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it opens the door for not only more use of taxpayer funds but also their return to extremist ways.

Conversely, with men and women of the US military charged with overseeing Gitmo and no end in site for the judicial process to begin to charge the remaining detainees, it warrants discussion about the future of those at the Naval Station.

Ultimately, it is the victims of their attacks who deserve to see justice served.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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