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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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  • Taliban John's Statements Are Key Issue in Pre-Trial Hearing

    07/15/2002 6:50:45 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 145+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | Monday, July 15, 2002
    <p>ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The fate of American-born Taliban John Walker Lindh could be determined this week, when his lawyers make a critical attempt to disqualify his own statements about Al Qaeda and Usama bin Laden from the case.</p> <p>While Walker's trial is not scheduled until Aug. 26, the indictment charging him with conspiring to kill Americans appears to rely mainly on his own statements while a captive in Afghanistan.</p>
  • Interviewer of Captured American Must Testify, Judge Rules

    07/12/2002 11:38:38 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 145+ views
    New York Times ^ | Saturday, July 13, 2002 | By NEIL A. LEWIS
    July 13, 2002 Interviewer of Captured American Must Testify, Judge RulesBy NEIL A. LEWIS LEXANDRIA, Va., July 12 — With critical legal arguments beginning next week in the government's case against John Walker Lindh, the judge ruled today that his lawyers should be able to question in court a reporter who interviewed Mr. Lindh shortly after his capture in Afghanistan. Judge T. S. Ellis III, who is presiding over Mr. Lindh's trial in Federal District Court here, ruled that the defense may call as a witness Robert Young Pelton, a writer who was working as a CNN correspondent when United...
  • Judge Rules Against Lindh Reporter (Robert Young Pelton)

    07/12/2002 5:11:08 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 222+ views
    Associated Press | July 12, 2002 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jul 12, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- A judge on Friday rejected a freelance reporter's effort to avoid testifying about his videotaped interview with American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh in Afghanistan last year. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled that journalists don't enjoy a First Amendment privilege to avoid testifying except in very limited circumstances involving protection of confidential sources or harassment. His ruling means that for the time being freelance reporter Robert Pelton is required to testify next week at Lindh's pretrial hearing. While refusing to grant Pelton's request to reverse his subpoena,...
  • Lindh Looks to Suppress Statements

    07/12/2002 11:55:37 AM PDT · by Jean S · 1 replies · 177+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | JULY 12, 14:12 ET | LARRY MARGASAK
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — John Walker Lindh's lawyers are waging their most important pretrial fight, hoping to keep jurors from hearing the U.S.-born Taliban soldier's statements about meeting Osama bin Laden and knowing of al-Qaida operations. The legal dispute, to be argued next week before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, could reverberate well beyond Lindh's case to other prisoners captured in the war on terrorism. Lindh represents a new breed of defendant — someone originally picked up as an enemy combatant in a war zone and later transferred to the civilian court system. Ellis must determine whether such prisoners...
  • Should the Marin Taliban walk? (barf)

    07/11/2002 11:51:37 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 22 replies · 245+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 07/11/2002 | Steve Baughman
    <p>Many Americans are convinced that John Walker Lindh, the former Marin County resident affiliated with the Taliban, is an accomplice in terror who betrayed his country. Some believe he deserves to die.</p> <p>These are understandable sentiments. After all, we have been told by our nation's top law enforcement official that Lindh dedicated himself to "killing Americans." Attorney General John Ashcroft went so far as to accuse Lindh of complicity in the atrocities of September 11, claiming at a press conference on January 15, that the filing of criminal charges against Lindh was compelled "by the inescapable fact of September the 11th. . . . We cannot overlook attacks on America when they come from United States citizens."</p>
  • More time requested to probe Lindh leaks

    07/11/2002 1:02:27 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 208+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/11/02 | Guy Taylor
    <p>The government yesterday asked a federal judge for more time to investigate whether Justice Department authorities leaked to the media e-mail messages sealed by the court in the pending trial of John Walker Lindh, an American accused of being a part of the Taliban.</p>
  • Government investigating leaks in Lindh case **[Newsweek under investigation]**

    07/10/2002 11:16:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies · 195+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7-10-02 | CHRISTOPHER NEWTON
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) --  The Justice Department is investigating whether any government officials leaked sealed documents to the media in the case of suspected American Taliban John Walker Lindh.</p> <p>Last month, the court asked the government to report whether there had been leaks after a Newsweek article on the Lindh case quoted a string of internal e-mails by Justice Department officials. The e-mails suggested Lindh might have a good argument in his motion to suppress statements he made just after his capture by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.</p>
  • Ashcroft's Vendetta: Lynching John Walker Lindh

    07/06/2002 8:16:51 PM PDT · by Aurelius · 115 replies · 418+ views
    Counterpunch ^ | July 4, 2002 | Steve Baughman
    The frenzied cry to string John Walker Lindh up by his thumbs is a fine example of America's determination never to let facts get in the way of a good temper tantrum. Attorney General John Ashcroft accuses Lindh of dedicating himself to "killing Americans," and a 10-count felony indictment includes allegations that Lindh committed "conspiracy to murder United States nationals." The Attorney General even went so far as to accuse Lindh of complicity in the atrocities of September 11. At his January 15, 2002 press conference Aschroft stated that the filing of criminal charges against Lindh was compelled "by the...
  • U.S. rebuts claim of torture made by Lindh's lawyers

    07/01/2002 11:00:06 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 197+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/02/02 | Jerry Seper
    <p>Federal prosecutors yesterday denied defense assertions that American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh was tortured, coerced or improperly questioned after his capture by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.</p> <p>In documents filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bellows said the 22-year-old Californian, now listed as an "unlawful enemy combatant," was treated with "exceptional regard for his health, his safety and his security."</p>
  • Government denies Lindh's torture claims, says he talked to ''anyone and everyone''

    07/01/2002 3:27:10 PM PDT · by GeneD · 4 replies · 221+ views
    AP via ^ | 7/1/02 | David Pace
    <p>ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) During the time American-born Taliban John Walker Lindh says he was being held in ''torturous conditions'' and denied access to a lawyer, he was telling his story ''to anyone and everyone who would listen,'' prosecutors said Monday.</p>
  • Lawyers Portray Lindh as Vulnerable and Delirious Prisoner

    06/14/2002 11:00:38 PM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 171+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6/14/02 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    ASHINGTON, June 14 — Wounded, starved, frozen and exhausted, John Walker Lindh was shocked into near silence by the accumulation of death around him in a battered mud fort in northern Afghanistan. It was in this state, his lawyers said today, that he was captured and interrogated by American military officials.In vivid detail, Mr. Lindh's lawyers argued in court papers today that he was oppressed, delirious and debilitated when he was taken into custody and interrogated — and that he was not advised of his legal rights as an American citizen. As a result, his lawyers said, the interviews...
  • American Taliban Says Interrogation Violated Rights (Barf Alert!)

    06/14/2002 10:05:10 PM PDT · by I_Love_My_Husband · 22 replies · 242+ views
    Reuters Via Netscape ^ | 6/14/02 | Deborah Charles
    American Taliban Says Interrogation Violated Rights WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials violated John Walker Lindh's Fifth Amendment rights by improperly interrogating him in custody, his attorneys said on Friday in arguing that incriminating statements made by the American Taliban should be thrown out.In court documents filed with the U.S. District Court, Lindh's lawyers said U.S. interrogators have failed to offer Lindh his so-called Miranda rights. The rights, which require all suspects be told they have the right to an attorney and to remain silent, are a bedrock of the American legal system.Lindh, a 21-year-old Californian captured in Afghanistan last year...
  • Defense Tries to Change Lindh Image

    06/13/2002 11:17:33 AM PDT · by kattracks · 22 replies · 180+ views
    AP | 6/13/03 | LARRY MARGASAK
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jun 13, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- John Walker Lindh left America, trained as a Taliban soldier, met Osama bin Laden and found himself in a war against the United States. That resume notwithstanding, defense lawyers want him seen as a misguided young man rather than a terrorist who hates his country. Lindh's physical image already has been transformed. The infantryman who had long, unkempt hair and a beard in Afghanistan now has a neat haircut and black-framed glasses. The tougher job for Lindh's defense team of former prosecutors is to cast doubt on the government's...
  • Taliban John: The Noose Tightens

    06/11/2002 12:27:01 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 10 replies · 185+ views ^ | June 11, 2002 | Henry Mark Holzer
    IF THERE HAS BEEN doubt in anyone's mind about the nature of the government's principal case against John Walker Lindh, last week's court filing by the United States Attorney should have dispelled it. To understand the significance of what the government's motion papers said, it's necessary to remind ourselves about what "conspiracy" means in federal criminal law, and then about what the indictment charges Lindh with having done. Conspiracy is proved by evidence showing an agreement (which can be tacit, so long as it is clear) to do something illegal (e.g., killing Americans in general, and/or CIA operative Mike...
  • Gov't: Lindh in Taliban for Violence

    06/06/2002 5:25:22 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 139+ views
    Associated Press | Thursday, June 6, 2002 | By LARRY MARGASAK
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - John Walker Lindh had no constitutional right to join the Taliban and his U.S.-granted freedoms were not violated when he was indicted for doing so, prosecutors argue. ``Lindh is not charged with joining a subversive political party, or with circulating incendiary handbills or religious material, or with exhorting an audience in a city park to oppose the government,'' prosecutors said in a written motion Wednesday. ``Instead, he is charged with undergoing weeks of training from the world's most lethal and accomplished terrorist group, arming himself with rifles and grenades, and spending several months as a jihadist...
  • Chilling Portrait of Lindh Drawn in Prosecutors' Pretrial Motions

    06/05/2002 9:24:52 PM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 173+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6/05/06 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    ASHINGTON, June 5 — The government painted a chilling portrait of John Walker Lindh this week, describing him in pretrial motions as someone who bears some responsibility for the Sept. 11 attacks and for the death of Johnny Micheal Spann, a Central Intelligence Agency officer, in a prison uprising in Afghanistan.Contrary to the depiction of Mr. Lindh, 21, originally from California, as an innocent abroad by his defense team, the government said that he was aware of plans for suicide attacks "even worse" than those of Sept. 11, that he could have alerted Mr. Spann that his life was...
  • Lindh tied to killing of CIA agent Prosecutors cite law of conspiracy

    06/05/2002 11:27:04 AM PDT · by EggsAckley · 48 replies · 562+ views ^ | 6-05-02 | Edward Epstein, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    <p>Washington -- For the first time, federal prosecutors explicitly accused John Walker Lindh on Tuesday of being partly responsible for the slaying of CIA agent Johnny "Mike" Spann during an Afghan prison uprising in November.</p> <p>In a bluntly worded 32-page motion, the prosecutors said the Marin County man accused of participating in a conspiracy to kill Americans overseas and of providing material support for terrorists can be blamed directly for Spann's death under the law of conspiracy.</p>
  • Prosecutors Want Lindh Trial in Va.

    06/05/2002 1:09:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 223+ views
    AP | 6/05/02 | LARRY MARGASAK
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jun 05, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- The government says the trial of an American-born Taliban soldier, John Walker Lindh, should stay in a Northern Virginia courtroom just miles from the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon. While pretrial publicity has been intense, Lindh's defense team is primarily responsible, prosecutors argued Tuesday in a written motion. An earlier defense pleading asked that the case be dismissed - on grounds Lindh could not receive a fair trial anywhere - or moved to another location. Lindh's lawyers accused Attorney General John Ashcroft and other officials of making public...

    06/05/2002 12:34:29 AM PDT · by kattracks · 62 replies · 246+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/05/02 | BRIAN BLOMQUIST
    <p>Interrogated Lindh.</p> <p>June 5, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - American Taliban John Walker Lindh played a direct role in killing heroic CIA agent Johnny Michael Spann by staying mum instead of warning him of an imminent deadly revolt, the feds charged yesterday.</p>
  • Gov't, Lindh Team Clash on Witnesses

    06/01/2002 1:02:25 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 185+ views
    AP | 6/01/02 | LARRY MARGASAK
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jun 01, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Lawyers for John Walker Lindh say seven U.S. military personnel who encountered the captured Taliban soldier should be required to testify in court, despite prosecutors' insistence they have no relevant information. The dispute, focus of a court hearing Friday, displayed the defense lawyers' mistrust of the prosecutors. The defense is searching for witnesses who could confirm their theory that Lindh was coerced into making damaging statements after his capture in Afghanistan. U.S. troops kept Lindh bound, naked and blindfolded, imprisoned him in a metal container and injected him with...
  • Lawyers for Lindh Disagree on Witnesses

    05/31/2002 2:36:04 PM PDT · by Jean S · 2 replies · 128+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | May 31, 2002, 5:16 PM EDT | LARRY MARGASAK
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Lawyers for John Walker Lindh insisted Friday they cannot trust the government's statements that the American-born Taliban soldier was treated well after he was captured in Afghanistan. U.S. troops kept Lindh blindfolded, imprisoned him in a metal container and injected him with morphine for a bullet wound, his lawyers say. They told a court hearing that they need to subpoena seven military personnel to determine whether Lindh made potentially damaging statements without coercion. The government contends they would be irrelevant as witnesses. Lindh is accused of conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals, providing services to al-Qaida and the...
  • Lindh Lawyers Can't Meet Prisoners

    05/29/2002 1:18:36 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 205+ views
    AP | 5/29/02 | LARRY MARGASAK
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 29, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- A judge won't allow lawyers for John Walker Lindh to interview his fellow Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners but says the defense can submit written questions that would be asked by military interrogators. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III on Tuesday said there was a security risk unless the government could review questions in advance, but he promised to intervene if officials improperly eliminated any defense questions. Military interrogators would question the captives, held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and send a videotape to the defense team later. The ruling only...
  • Judge Limits Guantanamo Questioning by Lindh Lawyers

    05/28/2002 11:13:23 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 140+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/29/02 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    LEXANDRIA, Va., May 28 — The judge in the case of John Walker Lindh worked out a complex process today by which defense lawyers will be able to put questions about Mr. Lindh to 19 prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but not in face-to-face interviews.The defense maintains that some of the prisoners may be able to clear Mr. Lindh of even so much as any aggressive actions he might have taken while serving alongside them in Afghanistan. If his lawyers are successful in that effort, the case against Mr. Lindh, who is charged with 10 counts including conspiring to...
  • Lindh's Plea in Afghanistan: 'Please Don't Kill Me'

    05/24/2002 2:10:13 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 15 replies · 273+ views
    AP ^ | Published: May 24, 2002 | By Larry Margasak Associated Press Writer
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - As U.S. troops transferred him to a metal prison container at a primitive base in Afghanistan, captured Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh pleaded, "Please don't kill me," a defense motion says. Lindh was told by a Marine to shut up, a response delivered with an expletive, according to the motion filed Thursday. The defense motion was based on information provided to the government by military guards, and then turned over to the defense under a court order. The defense team wants to subpoena the Marine guard who heard Lindh's comment, along with other U.S. military and...
  • Lindh a Helping Hand in the War on Terrorism

    05/22/2002 10:52:32 AM PDT · by sheltonmac · 21 replies · 235+ views
    Ever Vigilant ^ | 05/22/2002 | Lee R. Shelton IV
    John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban," will soon stand trial. In January, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced the charges against Lindh: Conspiracy to kill nationals of the United States of America overseas; namely, U.S. nationals engaged in the conflict in Afghanistan.Providing material support and resources to designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, including al Qaida.Engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban. According to the U.S. Code, treason is committed when anyone, "owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere." These charges against Lindh...
  • The Case Of John Walker: THE DESPARATE DEFENSE

    05/16/2002 7:00:41 PM PDT · by PhilDragoo · 21 replies · 424+ views ^ | 5-16-02 | Henry Mark Holzer
    TALIBAN JOHN: THE DESPERATE DEFENSE Henry Mark Holzer It’s obvious that despite its bravado, the John Walker Lindh defense camp is desperate. First, we saw two examples of “graymail,” a tactic used by defense lawyers in national security cases. The idea is for the defense to seek in the discovery stage of the case highly sensitive documents and testimony so that the government is put on the horns of a dilemma: comply with the request, and risk compromising important secrets (which the government, understandably, is loathe to do), or refuse to comply, and risk dismissal of the case (which the...
  • Lindh lawyers cite Second Amendment

    05/16/2002 4:05:00 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 20 replies · 189+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/16/02 | New York Times
    <p>Washington -- Lawyers for John Walker Lindh, the Californian accused of fighting with the Taliban, sought Wednesday to dismiss firearms charges against him based in part on the Justice Department's new interpretation of the Second Amendment.</p> <p>In papers filed in federal court, the lawyers said that charging Lindh with firearms violations would violate his Second Amendment right "as an individual" to use and possess a firearm. They are seeking the dismissal of a charge that Lindh used firearms and "destructive devices" in crimes of violence. In a recent filing with the Supreme Court, the Justice Department argued that the Second Amendment conferred a broad right to bear arms.</p>
  • Lawyer: Trial Impossible for Lindh (Wants trial moved from Alexandria to Northern California)

    05/16/2002 3:26:35 PM PDT · by Jean S · 9 replies · 148+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | May 16, 2002, 5:44 PM EDT | LARRY MARGASAK
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- U.S.-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh cannot receive a fair trial anywhere, and especially not in a courtroom only 10 miles from the Pentagon, his lawyers asserted Thursday. Lindh's attorneys asked in a written motion that Lindh's indictment be dismissed, and, alternatively, suggested that his trial be moved from Alexandria to Northern California where he grew up. The motion was part of a series of pleadings filed this week asking for dismissal of the charges, including conspiring to murder U.S. nationals and providing services to al-Qaida and the Taliban. "Here, where the tragedy of Sept. 11 carries...
  • Lawyer: Lindh Just Soldier

    05/14/2002 2:17:40 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 160+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/14/02 | Greg B. Smith
    American Taliban John Walker Lindh was merely doing his duty as a soldier and can't be prosecuted for conspiring to murder U.S. troops, his attorneys said yesterday. In papers filed yesterday, Lindh said he deserved "combat immunity," a quirk of military law that says a soldier can't be prosecuted for being a soldier."Members of the forces of the state of Afghanistan, which included Mr. Lindh ... are lawful combatants who benefit from the principle of combat immunity," court papers state."Soldiers cannot be criminally prosecuted simply for taking part in an armed conflict. They can be prosecuted only for defined war...
  • Lawyers for Lindh Ask Court to Dismiss Several Charges

    05/13/2002 11:27:50 PM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 155+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/14/02 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    ASHINGTON, May 13 — Lawyers for John Walker Lindh, the Californian accused of fighting for the Taliban, today sought the dismissal of 5 of the 10 counts against him.In papers filed at the United States District Court for the Eastern District in Alexandria, Va., they said the court should dismiss one charge that Mr. Lindh engaged in conspiracy to commit murder and four charges that he provided services to the Taliban and Al Qaeda, which the United States said was responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks. They said the court should dismiss the charge of conspiracy to commit...