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if you will, the opening phase of the civilian trial of John Lindh (known to the world as John Walker, the American Taliban). This
scene will likely take place in a crowded courtroom a year or so from
now somewhere far removed from New York (or any major metropolitan city
whose citizens may also have wondered if they were targeted on 9.11and
saved only because the Bush Administration grounded all commercial
flights nationwide preventing, terrorists like Mohammad Atta and Zacharias Mouusaouri (who had no interest in learning how to take
off and land a 757 or 767, but only how to take them over in mid-flight)
from crashing a gasoline-filled airliner into their busiest office buildings
as a day of terror progressed across the United States. Clearly, that
was the intent of Osama bin Laden who had 100 flight-trained
terrorists trained and ready to take over an additional 20 airliners across
the United States on September 11. By 8:30 a.m., the Islamic terrorists
from Egypt and Saudi Arabia had managed to hijack four. Eighty additional
terrorists were already checking in at other airports around the nation.
A Texas-based airline mechanic for American
Airlines told this reporter on September 20 that box cutters were found
on several grounded American Airlines jet airliners suggesting that had
all flights nationwide not been grounded by the Bush Administration that Los Angeles, San Diego and quite possibly Dallas, Houston and Fort
Worth would have served as additional terrorist targets, and thousand
more Americans would have died as the Islamic extremists of the world
declared war on America.
picture the courtroom. In the Midwest somewhere. A medium-sized city with
no tall buildings. It will be a culturally-diverse city with a small Asian,
Mideastern, Hispanic mix (but likely an even smaller African America population).
If this city has a Muslim community within it, it will be a much-respected
presence (Sunni instead of Shiite) with no strains of extremism
apparent to the observer. (More time will be spent by the defense team
searching for the ideal trial site than will actually be consumed by the
trial since it will be the pre-trial mindset of the jurors rather than
the evidence presented that will determine whether John Walker Lindh is found guilty, and of what charges he will be adjudged
guilty or found innocent.) The community they select and seek venue in
will likely be a city never visited by Al Sharpton or Jesse
Jackson or any other inflammatory racial equality bigot.
It will be a typical American community which has not felt the strife
of civil unrest. While the jury
pool will be tainted in the sense that it, like the rest of America, was
devastatingly affected by the events of September 11 that changed the
mindset of this nation for all time, it will be less biased due to the
lack of racial strife within that community, and the defense team that
will fight to get their client, John WalkerLindh,
acquitted of charges of treason, conspiracy to commit murder, and accessory
to the murder of CIA officer Johnny Mike Spann at the
Qala-i-Jangi prison fortress a few miles west of Mazar Sharif. Spann was killed within minutes of the questioning of Walker when the al
Qaeda prisoners, who had never been searched by the Northern Alliance captors, launched a counter attack from within the prison.
During the melee, Walker disappeared.
A week later, when American special ops
forces flooded the basement of the prison with freezing cold water Walker and 85 other starving, cold and wet al Qaeda prisoners came up
the stairs and surrendered. Once again the American Taliban was in the
hands of the U.S. military. This time, they would not lose him.
Initially it was believed that Walker was merely an American dissident. It would be several days before the
media uncovered the fact that while young Johnny Walker Lindh was raised in a very traditional Catholic home in Silver Spring, Maryland.
He was, for all practical purposes, a very normal American boy raised
in a very normal American home. Walker was remembered by his Silver
Spring neighbors as ...a very sweet, quiet boy. John was the
middle child, with an older and younger sibling (who have both managed
to avoid media attention).
Unlike most American families in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Marilyn
Walker (she never took her husbands name after their marriage)
could afford to be a stay-at-home mom since her husband, Frank Lindh was an attorney in the Department of Justice. While part
of the rapidly growing middle class during the Reagan years, the Lindhswho
were staunch liberals were very frugal. Rather than drive to the
Department of Justice Building each day, Lindh rode to work on
the MARC or Metro rail system, taking a Metro bus from Union Station to
the Justice Department. In 1991, disgruntled over George H.W. Bushs
handling of the Gulf War, Lindha Muslim with both extremist
and abhorrent tendencies of his ownleft his posh DC Justice Department
job and moved to San Anselmo, California where he took a job with Pacific
Gas & Electric. (Lindh, who was a closet homosexual, should
have waited around Washington for the much more morally diverse Clinton Administration that rewarded homosexuals who practiced
their deviant behavior within the offices of the Executive Branch with
career promotions and raises and politically-correct respectability.)
John Walker Lindh was eleven
when the family moved. It was at that point that his life turned topsy-turvey...and
it will be the events that transpired in Walkers life from that
point that will be used by Walkers defense attorneys to seek an
acquittal for their client. Not in the least surprising, America will
learn that Marilyn Walker and Frank Lindh are responsible
for the fact that John Walker Lindh became a Taliban terrorist.
While it is true that two very important
thingsone instigated by his mother and one instigated by his fatherhappened
during that period that changed John Walker Lindhs
life, Walker and Walker alone is responsible for the decisions
he made that led him first to Osama bin Laden and through bin Laden, to Mullah Mohammad Omar and into the Taliban.
First, and foremost, his motherMarilyn
Walkerbecame disillusioned with Catholicism and converted to
Buddhism. From that point, she encouraged all of her children to examine
and explore other religionsincluding Islam. John Walker Lindh became intrigued with the Muslim faith, but not so much that at that point
that he was willing to leave America and become a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.
Islam seemed to answer a lot of questions Walker had, but like
his mother, Walker became a Buddhist. Had the second event that
altered his life not happened, Walker would likely still be a practicing
Buddhist, or perhaps he may have ended up in one of the hundreds of California-based
pseudo-Christian or New Age religious cults.
In his examination of other
religions, John Walker Lindh read The Autobiography of Malcom
X. Time Magazine, in its December 17, 2001 edition claimed
it was the reading of that book that convinced John Walker Lindh to become a Muslim. Not true. It may be thats the story either Frank Lindh or Marilyn Walker told Josh Tyrangiel, the Time reporter, but the truth is Timewhich
is the most politically-correct news magazines
in Americawas wrong. During that period the marriage between Marilyn
Walker and Frank Lindh got in trouble. Walker learned that Lindh had taken a lover in California. Lindhs
lover was purported to be the owner of a San Francisco area gay bathhouse
where homosexuals congregate to enjoy deviant sex with members of the
same sexusually men they dont know and have never met previously.
His name was William Jones, a family friend. The relationship between Jones and Lindh was uncovered by P.J. Corkery of
the San Francisco Examiner on December 18. While Jones denied the relationship with Lindh, claiming that he merely rented
an apartment to Lindh after the marriage between Frank and Marilyn went on the rocks, Allen White (a member of a gay
church in San Francisco told the National Enquirer that
...Bill Jones is going to deny hes Franks
lover. He doesnt want to be known as the gay stepdad to the infamous
While Bill Jones might deny it...even
in light of the statements made by Allen White to the National Enquirer (which we all know is one of Americas
most credible and lucid newspapers) it is very likely this is going to
be the straw John Walker Lindhs lawyers
will grab in an attempt to convince a jury that it was the deviant lifestyle
choices of Walkers father that drove Walker into the
hands of Osama bin Laden.
After learning that his father was a homosexual, John Walker Lindh dropped his fathers surname and
took his mothers maiden name as his last name. Walker was
thunderstruckand sickened by his fathers lifestyle choice.
One of the things Walker found in his brief sojourn with Islam
was a condemnation of homosexuality. It was
this linkand this link onlythat pulled Walker into
the Muslim faith. It had nothing to do with the Malcom X. If it
had, logic suggests that Walker would have joined Louis Farrakhans
Nation of Islam instead of going to Yemen where he was recruited for
Walker turned to extremism to get
back at his father. However, once he created a personal website,
around age 16, and he began to wage his own personal war against homosexuality,
the extremism initially leveled against his father was now being redirected
against a nation that provided him safe haven during his growing years.
In one Internet tirade, the 16-year old Walker attempted to link J.
Edgar Hoover, a known homosexual, with Walt Disney, the creator
of Mickey Mouse because Disneyland sponsored gay day
around the time that Walker posted the defamatory article.
Had Marilyn Walker not been theologically-challenged
herself, she would have realized that the Catholic faith she left abhorred
homosexuality, as does every Bible-based Christian faith. (Note: Christian
faiths that accept homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle choice have
left Gods estate in favor of a mythical New Age Utopia that does
not, and will not, ever exist. Christian pastors have no eschatological
authority to accept a lifestyle choice which God abhors and expect to
escape His wrath.) Had Walker examined any of the Bible-based Christian
faiths, he would have discovered that all of them abhor and condemn homosexuality.
But, due largely to his mother, he found solace in Islam.
During that period Walker began attending
indoctrination at the Islamic Center of Mill Valley. The Mill Valley mosque
was comprised primarily of Muslims of India extraction. In 1998 Walker,
who had formed a close friendship with a 20-year old Indian Islamic named Abdullah Nana, took the name Sulayman al-Lindha surprising
decision since he held his father in such disdain. (It is likely that
Walker used his fathers name only to get money from him, because
when he arrived in Yemen, he signed into the Arabic language school as Sulayman al-Faris.) Graduating from an Islamic high school in 1998, Walker found an Arabic language school in Sana, Yemen on
the Internet and convinced his parentsMarilyn and Frank Lindhto pay the freight to send him to Yemen. The on again,
off again relationship between Lindh and Marilyn Walker ended permanently a year later, when Marilyn Walker filed for divorce.
On November 30, 2000 Walker arrived in Yemen. In May, 2001 Walker was
"taken under the wing" of the al Qaeda. On Dec. 1, 2001 Marilyn
Walker and Frank Lindh discovered that their son was
not only in Afghanistan, he was a member of the Taliban.
Those who have spoken with Walker say that Walker insists that while he was studying in Yemen he
met several al Qaeda officials including Osama bin Laden and
that bin Laden personally took him under his wing. While it does
not seem likely, on one hand, that bin Laden would be impressed
with a wet-behind-the-ears, snotty-nosed liberal from the United States,
it is likely that the worlds most wanted terrorist saw in Walker the same type of weapon that the al Qaeda saw in Richard
Colvin Reidthe shoe bombersomeone dumb enough to fall
on the sword of martyrdom, taking hundreds of Americans with them when
Walker, when he finally started spilling
his guts to the CIA, the NSA and the DoD admitted
that bin Laden tried to recruit him as a martyr prior to the World
Trade Center-Pentagon tragedies on September 11. Clearly Walker,
like Richard Reid (who apparently believed dirty, smelly bodies
are more welcome in Heaven than clean ones) would have attracted less
attention after September 11 than the 19 ethnic Arabs that boarded the
four United Airlines and American Airlines flights that
crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon,
and the 767 that crashed east of Pittsburgh, aborting the plans of the
terrorists to hit another target in the Washington, D.C. area.
Walker apparently felt he had more life to live and declined the offer to become
a martyr. The alternative was the Taliban. It is unclear if Walker was assigned to the Taliban before September 11 or if he arrived after
the attack on America. What is clear is that Walker knew about
the attack before it happened since he was offered a chance to become
a martyr with Mohammad Atta. Walker talked openly to his Taliban comrades
about his relationship with Osama in order, one imagines,
to enhance his own position among the Taliban.
How much of what Walker said is true,
how much is exaggeration and how much is pure fiction is anyones
guess. But what did interest the DoD was a statement Walker made that bin Laden bragged of having at least one suitcase nuclear
devise that he bought prior to 1998 (about the time the Soviet government
admitted that they may have lost several portable nuclear devises).
It is for that reason that John Walker Lindh was removed from the general prisoner population and transported
to a U.S. destroyer for interrogation. Clearly, if bin Laden did
take Walker under his wing and provide him with confidential
information that could throw a monkey wrench in his future terrorist plans
for America, and if Walker is now providing the military with crucial
information in exchange for leniency, Walkers life would
not be worth a wooden nickel in a general prison population. Due to the
fact that Walker is still under military protection, and is still
being questioned by the CIA, NSA and DoD, it is obvious
that the American government believes Walker had a close relationship
with the al Qaeda leadershipand has information that is needed
by the American government to catch not only Osama bin Laden (if he is still alive) and the al Qaeda leadership around the world...and
the heads of the al Qaeda terrorist training schools which are
now training over 1,000,000 future terrorists per year.
Walker could very well escape prosecution
if he did have a genuine personal relationship with bin Laden in
which the terrorist leaders shared too much confidential information with
himparticularly since, whether bin Laden is living or dead,
there are over one million new al Qaeda terrorist fanatics graduating
from terrorist schools all over the world every year. To end the War
on Terrorism, these schools must be located and destroyedalong
with the ad Qaeda instructors...and, unfortunately, the pupils
who were groomed only to hate Americans and were convinced that their
sole role in life is to become a martyr to the Jihad against America.
But, just in case John Walker Lindh does end up before a judge and jury (rather than a military tribunal where
he should be tried on civilian rather than military charges of treason
and as an accessory in the murder of Johnny Mike Spann if not as
an accessory before and after the fact of the September 11 tragedy) it
is clear that Walkers attorneys will argue that Walkers
parents are responsible for the fact that their son became a Taliban terrorist.
Marilyn Walkerthe attorneys
will arguetook a young, innocent, stable Catholic boy who was raised
with solid traditional American values and allowed him to experiment
with religious philosophies which he was not mature enough to understand. Marilyn Walker will willingly become the villainess who caused
a son in her charge to become confused about religion and as a result,
allowed him to misunderstand the benevolent nature of Islam. Marilyn Walker, the politically-correct liberal, will allow herself
to be used in order to try to save her son from prison.
politically-correct liberal attorneys will be even harder on Frank Lindh because he is a homosexual. Its always okay for liberals
to attack homosexuals for being homosexual if a bigger agenda is at stake.
And the bigger agenda, of course, is to minimize the fact that their client, John Walker Lindh is a terrorist who engaged in treason against
the United States of America. Using the moral frailties of Walkers
parents to obtrucate the reality of who John Walker Lindhor Sulayman al-Farisreally is and why he became a terrorist,
the legal team will try to elicit sympathy from a jury arguing that because
his parents were liberal fruitcakes John Walker Lindh is entitled
to a free pass in life.
Although the human bean counters, in their
efforts to minimize the loss of life on September 11 have eliminated all
duplicate names (as though there was only one John Smith or one Mary Smith
or one guy named John Brown working at the World Trade Center) have reduced
the death count to less than 3,000 human lives lost, the simple reality
is that the death toll in the undeclared war on America is greater than
death toll at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
There is no way
anyone can mitigate the role any of the terroristsAmerican, Egyptian,
Saudi, Kuwaiti, Yemeni, Iraqi, Syrian, Sudanese or Somolianplayed
in the planning or execution of the War on America. Those guilty of participating
in that war as an enemy of the United States of America need to be tried
by a military tribunal somewhere other than on the soil of the United
States. Those tribunals need to be private in order to prevent terrorist
repercussions against those who participated in the trial. If those tried
are found by that tribunal to be complicity guilty of performing terrorist
acts against the United States or any of its citizens, those found guilty
need to be summarily executed by firing squad.