GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- In a curious twist, the Pentagon called a specially trained Army interrogator to defend the treatment of Canadian captive Omar Khadr in U.S. custody -- and the decorated soldier didn't recognize the accused terrorist Tuesday as he sat in the war court just a few feet away.
Interrogator No. 2, testifying in the U.S. Army uniform of a master sergeant, said he had questioned Khadr once on Aug. 12, 2002, in the company of other interrogators at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. His credentials included special training at the Army's Intelligence School, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., a bronze star and tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
But the soldier said he did not see the man he had interrogated in the room.
Khadr, 23, had shown up again for the so-called suppression hearings on Tuesday, and was the lone detainee in the room. He was clad in a white prison camp uniform, worn by cooperative captives at Guantánamo.
So instead, the Pentagon's chief prosecutor, Navy Capt. John F. Murphy, pulled out what looked like a 2002 era mugshot from the time of the Toronto-born teen's capture, severely wounded, near Khost, Afghanistan.
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