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Omar Khadr Letter to Canadian Goverment

Let us help our brother Omar Khadr to get out of his U.S. imprisonment.
If you live in Canada, please send this letter to the following people, and make sure to put your name and address otherwise its not as effective.

[email protected]

The last contact address on there is the MPP for Mississauga East, you can put your own MP instead

Letter courtesy Obama Letter from Omar Khadr Project

Prime Minister of Canada, Right Hon. Stephen Harper
CC Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Cannon
CC Minister of Justice, Hon. Rob Nicholson
CC Liberal Leader of the Opposition, Michael Ignatief
CC Leader, New Democratic Party, Jack Layton
CC Liberal MPP, Missisauga East, Albina Guarnieri

Omar Khadr is a 22-year-old Canadian citizen who was detained by the United States at the age of fifteen and has been held in Guantánamo since 2002. He is currently facing charges under the Military Commissions Act for acts alleged to have occurred when he was a minor. He is the only citizen of a NATO-allied country still in detention at Guantánamo Bay, and to date he has spent 2,355 days in US custody without trial: nearly one-third of his life.

Given his age at the time of his detention, Omar should have been afforded the special protections to which children are entitled under both US and international law. Regrettably, he has been denied almost all of these protections. Omar was subjected to prolonged periods of solitary confinement as a minor, was never separated from adult detainees in Guantánamo Bay, and was not allowed to speak with a parent for the first five years of his detention. Moreover, since the Military Commissions have no special due process or sentencing procedures to deal with youth offenders, Omar is being tried as an adult.

Omar has also provided detailed accounts of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment during his detention, which include descriptions of severe sleep deprivation, prolonged detention in stress positions and short shackling, and the denial of medical treatment for very serious gunshot wounds. These accounts are consistent with admissions made by Omar’s interrogators, reports by the FBI and independent investigations by the United Nations. That such credible allegations of mistreatment have been raised by any detainee in US custody should be cause for serious concern. The fact that they have been raised by a child makes them that much more shocking. Clearly, this situation requires prompt attention.

The coming weeks mark a decisive turning point in Omar’s case. On January 26, 2009, Omar’s trial before the deeply-flawed Military Commission is scheduled to begin. Out of deference to the close ties between our two countries, the Canadian government has maintained that it will not ask for the repatriation of Omar while a judicial process is ongoing under the jurisdiction of the United States. It is therefore imperative that the US act first.

As such, we call on you to immediately take the necessary steps to prevent further violations of Omar’s rights and to afford him the protections to which children in armed conflict are entitled – namely, that Omar be promptly withdrawn from the jurisdiction of the Military Commissions Act and repatriated to Canada for rehabilitation and disposition within the Canadian justice system.

Respectfully yours,

My Name

My letter to Dell and Intel

To whom it concerns at Dell Canada,

I wanted to let you know that I was recently shopping for a Dell Laptop Machine and decided to not purchase your computer.
The reason for this is because you now exclusively use Intel based chips in your laptop computers.

Thus, I decided to buy an AMD based HP computer from FutureShop.

I hope you will reconsider your product line and offer AMD based laptops in the future.
I would recommend that in these difficult economic times, you consider what I am saying carefully as it will very much affect the bottom line of your business.

The reason for my deciding to not use Intel are outlined as follows:

  • Israel forced out the original inhabitants of Iraq Al-Manshiya and the near-by village of Al-Faluja after the 1948 war ended contrary to international law and an armistice agreement sponsored by the UN and which Israel signed.
  • Intel should not participate and allow Israel to have economic benefits from the illegal dispossession of Palestinians. Israel is denying Palestinian refugees their right of return to their lands and homes which it is occupying. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Law, and is supported by numerous UN resolutions.
  • Given Israel’s apartheid policies, continuing abuses of fundamental human rights, and violations of International Law, Intel should divest from Israel forthwith.

CC’d, Executive Vice President, Intel, [email protected] (email no longer active)
Sent to: DELL Canada Sales Department, [email protected]

For more information, see the Boycott Intel page.

Here is a link to the almost exact Dell laptop I nearly bought.

By the way, is boycotting effective?

I would say, definitely, yes. Take a look at what Starbucks is doing now, in order to get back some of the lost sales.

Boycotting is a non-violent way for us to get our message across and to apply pressure on companies that are contributing to the harm of the Muslims. Think about it, we have given up jihad, what do we have left? We have to struggle and find ways to stand up and respond to those harming us.

What do you think? Thank you for your comments, even if you disagree, I appreciate the discussion and the chance to discuss and learn from each other.

Update March 25, 2009 – Dell responded
What follows is their response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for contacting Dell online customer care.

Thank you for your valuable information and we sincerely appreciate your feedback.

Thank you for choosing Dell.


Kamal Akisetty
Canada Customer eCare
Dell Inc.
[email protected]

End of response

News Update Feb 2, 2010
Intel Israel Exports jump 145%

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s Israeli subsidiary said on Monday its exports surged 145 percent in 2009 to a record $3.4 billion and the company is hoping growth will continue with further expansion in the country.