As told to Verne Strickland / November 21, 2011
American Traitor John Walker Lindh
He could have said to Mike – look, I’m an American and I’m in the wrong place at the wrong time. There’s going to be an uprising here and our lives are in jeopardy. I don’t know what’s going to happen. But he never said that. He never said anything.
Nobody could have even heard what he was saying. The only reason we know what he was trying to say is that the video man was shooting video and recorded it.
Entry from Wikipedia:
On February 5, 2002, Lindh was indicted by a federal grand jury on ten charges:
- Conspiracy to murder US citizens or US nationals
- Two counts of providing material support and resources to terrorist organizations
- One count of supplying services to the Taliban.
- Conspiracy to contribute services to Al Qaeda
- Contributing services to Al Qaeda
- Conspiracy to supply services to the Taliban
- Using and carrying firearms and destructive devices during crimes of violence
John Phillip Walker Lindh (born February 9, 1981) is a United States citizen who was captured as an enemy combatant during the United States' 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. He is now serving a 20-year prison sentence in connection with his participation in Afghanistan's Taliban army. He was captured during the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi, a violent Taliban prison uprising during which Central Intelligence Agency officer Johnny "Mike" Spann was killed.
At Lyndh's trial, Michael Chertoff, then head of the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, directed the prosecutors to offer Lindh a plea bargain, to which, Lindh would plead guilty to two charges: — supplying services to the Taliban ( , , 31 C.F.R. 545.204, and 31 C.F.R. 545.206a) and carrying an explosive during the commission of a felony ( ).
He would also have to consent to a gag order that would prevent him from making any public statements on the matter for the duration of his 20-year sentence, and he would have to drop any claims that he had been mistreated or tortured by U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan and aboard two military ships during December 2001 and January 2002. In return, all other charges would be dropped. The gag order was supposedly at the request of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Lindh accepted this offer. On July 15, 2002, he entered his plea of guilty to the two remaining charges. The judge asked Lindh to say, in his own words, what he was admitting to. Lindh's allocution went as follows: "I plead guilty", he said. "I provided my services as a soldier to the Taliban last year from about August to December. In the course of doing so, I carried a rifle and two grenades. I did so knowingly and willingly knowing that it was illegal."
Lindh further commented that he "went to Afghanistan with the intention of fighting against terrorism and oppression," fighting for the suffering of ordinary people at the hands of the Northern Alliance.
On October 4, 2002, Judge T.S. Ellis, III formally imposed the sentence: 20 years without parole.[30
NEXT: FINAL INSTALLMENT -- MIKE SPANN'S FATHER CONCLUDES THIS TRAGIC SAGA WITH SOME STRAIGHT TALK FOR THE WHITE HOUSE: 'THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT THEY NEEDED TO IN 1992.'