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  • Report: Lindh attacked by jail inmates

    03/06/2003 6:52:30 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 174 replies · 905+ views
    <p>VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for helping the Taliban, may have been attacked by one or more white supremacists at a federal prison in this desert community northeast of Los Angeles, it was reported Thursday.</p>
  • Parents' grief for American Taleban - family tells story on BBC

    11/15/2002 10:44:32 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 19 replies · 201+ views
    Parents' grief for American Taleban Posted by on Saturday, November 16 2002 @ 04:05:02 CET Friday, 15 November, 2002, 12:17 GMT How does a quiet teenager growing up in a wealthy California suburb end up being captured while fighting for the Taleban in Afghanistan just a few years later? This and other questions about John Walker Lindh are set to be answered for the first time on television as his family tell their story in a BBC Two programme. The film charts John Walker Lindh's path from child to convert and then his decision to become a...
  • Walker Lindh: Al Qaeda planned more attacks (Full story)

    10/03/2002 12:30:13 PM PDT · by GeneD · 21 replies · 329+ views ^ | 10/3/02 | Henry Schuster
    <p>ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- John Walker Lindh told military and FBI questioners he believed the September 11 attacks were the first of three waves of terrorist strikes against the United States, according to secret documents obtained by CNN.</p> <p>Walker Lindh, the first American taken prisoner in Afghanistan as a Taliban fighter -- and scheduled to be sentenced Friday -- also said he turned down an offer to take part in suicide attacks against the United States, and that he believed as many as 50 operatives had been sent on missions against the United States and Israel.</p>
  • Jerusalem by Steve Earle--Editorial Reviews (BARF ALERT)(FREEP THEIR RATINGS)

    09/27/2002 6:43:14 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 54 replies · 535+ views
    Amazon.Com ^ | Anders Smith Lindall
    On 1997's El Corazón, Steve Earle wished for the return of Woody Guthrie to a world sorely lacking voices of righteous dissent. Here, Earle stops pining for ghosts and gruffly makes his own claim to the agit-folk crown. The controversial "John Walker's Blues" drew attention to the album and the ire of many who misunderstood it, but it's only one of many topical tunes on a disc that issues a kind of call to arms: over the distorted guitars and garbage-pail drums of "Amerika v. 6.0" and in the spare and creepy satire "Conspiracy Theory," Earle rallies listeners to resist...
  • Justice OKs Spann's testimony

    07/29/2002 11:49:52 PM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 144+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/30/02 | AP
    <p>The Justice Department won't object to a request by the father of slain CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann to testify at American Taliban John Walker Lindh's sentencing hearing, department and congressional officials said yesterday.</p> <p>Attorney General John Ashcroft told Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, of the decision yesterday during a phone conversation, Justice spokeswoman Barbara Comstock said.</p>
  • Lindhs' blind devotion ill-serves errant son

    07/22/2002 12:27:55 PM PDT · by gubamyster · 12 replies · 197+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/22/2002 | Cathy Young
    <p>THE BIZARRE CASE of John Walker Lindh, the young American who fought for the Taliban, achieved a legal conclusion last week when he pleaded guilty to charges of providing support to terrorists and carrying and using firearms and explosives during crimes of violence. Lindh will receive a 20-year prison sentence, of which he will have to serve at least 17 years.</p>

    07/22/2002 1:34:07 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 207+ views
    New York Post ^ | 7/22/02 | BRAD HUNTER
    <p>July 22, 2002 -- The lawyer for American Taliban John Walker Lindh says his client views terror master Osama bin Laden as a "false prophet" whose twisted interpretation of the Koran is an affront to Islam.</p> <p>San Francisco lawyer James Brosnahan, who negotiated the Californian's plea deal, has unveiled a different portrait of the young man who has become a byword for treason.</p>
  • The Pushover

    07/17/2002 2:10:32 PM PDT · by GeneD · 6 replies · 278+ views ^ | 7/17/02 | Dahlia Lithwick
    Today's editorial pages are giddy with delight at the plea agreement reached yesterday in the John Walker Lindh case. Lindh agreed to plead guilty to two charges—aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives while doing so. The bargain was good for everyone. The government dropped all the serious charges, including its claim that Lindh had anything to do with the death of Mike Spann, the CIA officer killed in the prison uprising at Mazar-e-Sharif on Nov. 25. Lindh gets more jail time than the flimsy evidence against him warranted, and the government is spared an embarrassing trial and ugly disclosures about...
  • Taliban John: Journey's End

    07/17/2002 2:04:23 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 13 replies · 310+ views ^ | July 17, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    On July 15, 2002, Taliban John Walker Lindh pleaded guilty to criminal charges levied against him for his association with the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Heralded as a "surprise deal" by the Associated Press, Lindh's capitulation was anything but a surprise — not to me, nor to readers of Front Page Magazine. Ever since Lindh was flushed out of that prison basement in Afghanistan, I've been predicting that he'd cop a plea because of the strength of the government's case and the lack of a defense. For example, in February I wrote a piece entitled "Reading Brosnahan's Mind," and said: The...
  • Spann widow criticizes deal with Lindh as too lenient

    07/16/2002 10:41:54 PM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 138+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/17/02 | Frank J. Murray
    <p>The widow of the CIA officer fatally shot moments after questioning American Taliban John Walker Lindh criticized yesterday the deal that ensures that her husband's prisoner will be freed as he reaches middle age.</p> <p>"We as a family believed in the charges that were laid against Mr. Lindh. We believed in the government's case. And we felt strongly that if they had pursued those charges that they would have been able to convict him on the ones that were laid," said Shannon Spann, who met and married Johnny "Mike" Spann while both were training as CIA agents.</p>
  • The Lindh plea

    07/16/2002 12:10:07 AM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 198+ views
    <p>John Walker Lindh's guilty plea and minimum actual time in prison sentence of 17 years fully meet the demands of justice and the rightful anger of patriotic Americans. At this point, only the prosecuting attorney has been in a position to fully assess all the elements of the case against the despicable Lindh. Those who were expecting full prosecution on all counts and a minimum life in prison sentence should be assuaged by the reputation and track record of the prosecuting attorney, U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty. He is a known and admired quantity in activist conservative circles. As a former senior legal policy adviser to House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde, Mr. McNulty has been well-known as a tough, intellectually rigorous leader of conservative legal activism. If a better result were legally available, Mr. McNulty was the man to see that process through.</p>
  • Lindh Journey Leads to Imprisonment

    07/15/2002 11:30:12 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 133+ views
    AP | 7/16/02 | CALVIN WOODWARD
    WASHINGTON, Jul 16, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- John Walker Lindh took a journey, first in spirit, then in the physical world, that will keep him behind bars for what's left of his youth. He was a dream chaser from an early age. When he liked hip-hop in his early teens, he collected 200 albums. When he turned to Islam, he was transformed and went abroad, alone, to soak himself in the faith. All before age 18. On Monday he spoke as he usually seems to do, quietly, in addressing a judge. "I plead guilty," he said. "I...
  • Lindh guilty plea useful for precedents not set

    07/15/2002 10:55:40 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 168+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Tuesday, July 16, 2002 | By Warren Richey and Mark Sappenfield | Staff writers of The Christian Science Monitor
    By entering into a plea bargain with accused "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, US prosecutors have gained guaranteed punishment in prison for Mr. Lindh and a pledge that he will cooperate with American intelligence agents seeking to head off future terror attacks. But perhaps most significant, federal prosecutors avoid establishing a series of legal precedents about how American citizens caught up in the war on terrorism should be treated under the US justice system. Noncitizen enemy combatants are being held indefinitely in a military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. One other noncitizen, Zacarias Moussaoui, a French national, is slated to...
  • A Plea Suited to Both Sides

    07/15/2002 10:28:02 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 151+ views
    New York Times ^ | 7/15/02 | DAVID JOHNSTON
    ASHINGTON, July 15 — When John Walker Lindh was charged in January with conspiring with the Taliban to kill Americans, Attorney General John Ashcroft pronounced it a critical case in the nation's fight against terrorism. He asserted that Mr. Lindh chose to become a fanatical follower of the Taliban and never wavered in his allegiance to terrorism.But today, as Mr. Lindh sat in a federal court in Virginia to accept a plea bargain, the case of the thin and clean-shaven Californian had long since lost its symbolic standing as the government's most high-profile effort to bring the Taliban to...
  • John Walker Lindh Pleads Guilty

    07/15/2002 8:26:47 PM PDT · by Conservative Chicagoan · 14 replies · 893+ views ^ | July 15 | Brian Carnell
    John Walker Lindh Pleads Guilty John Walker Lindh Pleads Guilty By Brian CarnellMonday, July 15, 2002 So John Walker Lindh plead guilty today to two separate charges that will land him in jail for at least 17 years. I wonder what its like to go from being part of one of the most extreme religious/political movements to getting your lawyers to weasel a deal from the Great Satan so you don't die in jail. And what kind of life will this guy have when he's released? The Washington Post quotes Lindh's father Frank as saying, Never once did he say...
  • Taliban John Pleads Guilty to Two Charges

    07/15/2002 9:24:26 AM PDT · by Minutemen · 17 replies · 196+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/15/02
    <p>ALEXANDRIA, Va. — John Walker Lindh, the California man captured while fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to two charges Monday in a surprise deal that will spare him from spending the rest of his life in prison.</p>
  • Taliban Johnny Pleads Guilty - Agrees to help against Al Quada

    07/15/2002 8:22:20 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 53 replies · 533+ views
    AP | July 15, 2002 | Larry Margasak
    John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan fighting for the Taliban, agreed Monday to plead guilty to two charges in a surprise deal with prosecutors that spared him from life in prison. The deal, which caught even the trial judge off guard, was announced on the first day of what was supposed to be a weeklong series of hearings at which defense lawyers hoped to get statements Lindh made to investigators thrown out of his trial. ''There is a change in plea,'' defense attorney James Brosnahan told U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III at the outset of Monday's proceeding...
  • U.S. Taliban Fighter Pleads Guilty to Charges - CNN

    07/15/2002 8:11:17 AM PDT · by the bottle let me down · 19 replies · 262+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/15/02 | Reuters
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - John Walker Lindh, an American captured by U.S. forces during the war in Afghanistan ( news - web sites), has agreed to plead guilty to aiding the Taliban fundamentalist movement and carrying explosives, CNN said on Monday. CNN said the plea deal was announced at a hearing at U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, where Lindh's case was being heard. Lindh had originally pleaded not guilty to a 10-count indictment charging him with conspiring with the Taliban and Osama bin Laden ( news - web sites)'s al Qaeda network, blamed by the United States for the...
  • John Walker Lindh to Plead Guilty [Complete story]

    07/15/2002 7:46:47 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 25 replies · 159+ views
    AP ^ | Monday, July 15, 2002 | By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jul 15, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan, has decided to plead guilty to charges he aided the Taliban and al-Qaida, his lawyer told a court Monday. "There is a change in plea," defense attorney James Brosnahan told U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. Brosnahan told the court a deal was completed late Sunday night, on the eve of a hearing that was going to determine whether statements Lindh made to interrogators after his capture would be admissible in court. Brosnahan did not immediately detail the specific pleas to each...
  • Lindh Decides To Plead Guilty To Charges, Attorney Says

    07/15/2002 7:15:46 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 152 replies · 312+ views
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