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The Enemy Within: Terror, Lies, and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr [Hardcover]

Ezra Levant
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Jan. 9 2012
A controversial look at the headline-making story of the last Western prisoner at Guantanamo Bay and the larger implications to national security, justice, and international relations.
Omar Khadr is the last Western prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He has been held at the American naval base since October 2002, accused of killing a U.S. sergeant in Afghanistan. Khadr was fifteen at the time. His defence team argued that their client was a child soldier and should be treated as a victim. After several years of procedural wrangling, Khadr went before a U.S. military court. In October, he pled guilty, in an agreement that allows him to be transferred to Canada after one year.
This controversial new book will be published to coincide with Omar Khadr's return to Canada in late 2011. It will include shocking information about the Khadr family, Khadr's psychological assessment, and his trial that has often been ignored in the mainstream media. Challenging the conventional wisdom about the Khadr case, The Enemy Within is a provocative look at the definition of "child soldier," life at Guantanamo Bay, the media coverage of the case, a tainted plea bargain, and the Canadian government's plan for Omar Khadr's rehabilitation upon his return to Canada.
In this hard-hitting book, Ezra Levant also uses Khadr's story to address larger questions about how Canadians view immigration, terrorism, law and justice, and Canada's relationship with the United States.

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"...puts everything on the line the way the best Canadian journalists always did."
Ottawa Citizen
"Ezra Levant is the epitome of the crusading journalist - fearless, persistent, inventive, brimming with energy."
National Post
"Ezra Levant is the No.1 advocate for, and defender of, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of thought in modern Canada."
—Rex Murphy, Globe and Mail

About the Author

EZRA LEVANT is a lawyer, journalist, political activist, and host of a talk show on SUN TV. He is the author of five books, including most recently Ethical Oil and Shakedown: How Our Government Is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights, which won the Writers' Trust and Samara's Best Canadian Political Book of the Last 25 Years.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, actual journalism in Canada Jan. 30 2012
It is with profound sadness that professional journalism has become so rare in Canada. This book is a model of journalism and can't be considered "controversial" to anyone willing to objectively evaluate facts, logic, reason and evidence. Because it is proper journalism it necessarily exposes the complete and total failure of Canadian journalism that created the myth of Omar Khadr in the public consciousness. If you've navigated to this book, you know the subject matter by now. A book like this can't say what it says without proof. Mr. Levant provides footnotes and source material for everything documented here. Canadians are generous and trusting. The good qualities of Canada and Canadians are now and will continue to be exploited by evil men like Khadr. The book documents just one example. Canada must be kind, but cannot be naive. I hope this book is a wake-up call for some. Especially in government. I somehow doubt that the deal Khadr struck to return to Canada can be undone by a book. But the effort alone is a remarkable attempt. It's a ripple of hope that good journalism is valuable and can make a difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lies Damned Lies and the Media Feb. 4 2012
By Freedom
Thank you Ezra for documenting the outrageous lies, spin and propaganda surrounding these Canadian terrorists known as the Khadrs. How refreshing to finally get the other side of the story complete with documentation and verified facts. Unlike most reporters, lawyers, special interest groups and deluded leftists who rely on emotion and political spin. The truly sickening thing is he lives better than some Canadians and gets much better medical care than all but the most wealthy.

Thanks Ezra and keep up the good work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. April 27 2013
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I learned more about Omar Khadr and his terrorist family than I thought the book would supply. Very well written.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ezra the Rant March 21 2012
I have had the opportunity to read excerpts from this book. I have also spent precious time watching Ezra "rant" on Sun Media television. I first came across the name Ezra Levant while investigating the term "Public Lending Right". I will not take the time to explain what that is because it would be good for anyone reading this review to find out for themselves. But Ezra's name came up during that little research project. He held himself in high regard that he did not agree with that aspect of library usage. And yes, this is more a review on Ezra, rather than his writing skills.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A polarising book, a call to action for his supporters Jan. 27 2012
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Ezra provides an argument as to the nature of the self-admitted terrorist Omar Khadr and for the likely outcomes of Omar being repatriated from the Guantanamo Bay prison to the Canadian justice system in the near future. Ezra has provided copious references notes supporting his thesis that occupy almost 20% of the book, yet instead of being a stuffy academic treatise the book retains Ezra's talent for mocking an opposing point of view in an entertaining way.

Without doubt, you are going to feel strongly about this book, as it brings up issues that divides the western world into different camps on philosophy and politics. Issues such as personal responsibility, what constitutes treason, what the social contract is for citizenship, hypocrisy in justice and politics, propaganda, torture, international law, and media bias. It also should raise questions in the reader as to their own beliefs, biases and prejudices, whichever side you are on.

For those who haven't been intently following the Omar Khadr case in Canada, the book lays out who Omar Khadr is, his formative influences, his family, and even hints at what his current mental disposition and ideology is (as well as could be gleaned from psychological and behavioural reports can). Much of the most damning evidence is taken from his guilty plea confession, one that some readers may be inclined to dismiss if their personal philosophy is that all such confessions are invalid due to the claim of duress under the circumstances. Ezra is hoping to convince you that Omar's behaviour is wilfully treasonous and will continue to be treasonous and thus a danger to Canada and her citizens. Prisoners of war are normally released at the end of a war: what happens if the western world thinks the war has ended but the Islamists believe they are in a war that will never end?

At the end of the book Ezra makes a call for action on the reader: to mitigate the injustice that is likely to happen if nothing is done - if you support Ezra's point of view. Even if you absolutely disagree with Ezra's arguments in this book, you should read it for within it lies many key issues that Canada needs to resolve. Ezra is shamelessly pushing his own agenda, but if he is right, this is nothing compared to the overwhelming uncritical support Omar has enjoyed from much of the Canadian media as well as institutions such as the Canadian Bar Association.

Ultimately this book is not just about Omar himself, but it is more that his particular case raises many questions about the Canadian (and other western) societies. For Ezra's theme is that we seem overeager to provide resources to people who hate us, would see us dead and our society demolished and yet vehemently demand the benefits and protection that this very society has provided. For Canadians, and to a lesser extent all non-Islamists, you might be justifiably concerned that your safety may have been traded for political expediency.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deception and Self-Deception by "Progressives" July 24 2012
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Ezra Levant's purplish flourishes throughout this book make it a fun read for those, like myself, who sympathize with his point of view. For a lot of other readers, however, it could get in the way of its substance. Even so, it is a devastating portrait not just of a cold-blooded, hardened terrorist but equally, of the willful blindness of the horde of "progressive" liberals who dominate the pages of the mainstream media and university faculty lounges on both sides of the 49th parallel. Their relentless campaign to foist upon Canada one of al-Quaeda's bloodthirstiest operatives, now at the point of success, says far more about their character than they would like.
4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the paper its written on April 6 2012
By Frank Shepherd - Published on
A hate fueled tirade with lots of right-wing opinion and little factual evidence. Ezra Levant is full of hot air and nonsense. Don't waste your time on this junk.
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