Omar Khadr says just wants to be "the next Joe on the street" but after 13 years in prison that will be easier said than done.
"For the longest time I thought that's what happened; whether it did or not, I don't know."
Father, family, and al-Qaeda
Khadr said that he doesn't believe his father, who was responsible for bringing him to Afghanistan, was directly connected to al-Qaeda.
He also had this to say about the rest of his family:
They have said things that was not very smart — that they shouldn't have said. They're very opinionated. I think that they are good people, (but) they haven't been able to deal with the past and the present.
They're really struggling. Some of my siblings have completely cut off their pasts and some of them are living in the past and not accepting the present.
Fighting alongside jihadists
Khadr said he was young and trying to mimic and fit in with the people he was surrounded by in Afghanistan and elsewhere:
I was just a mess. I would be around a bunch of people, I would start acting like them and talking like them, just doing everything they were doing, and then they'd move me to a different (part of the prison) and I'd just adapt.
Adjusting to life out of prison
Khadr's case is a divisive one, with some arguing he should have been classified as a child soldier at the time of his capture.
Others, like Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, have deemed him a convicted terrorist and threat to public safety. A recent poll showed a slim majority of Canadians think Khadr is still a threat, the National Post reported.
Khadr said he's out to prove those people wrong.
"I don't wish people to love me. I don't wish people to hate me," he said. "I just wish for people to give me a chance."
Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows — a collaboration between the Star, CBC and White Pine Pictures — is the first time Khadr has told his story, at length, in his own words. The documentary will air on CBC at 9 p.m. Thursday.