John Walker Lindh, the hot tub terrorist from Marin County who decided in high school to turn his back on bourgeois America and travel to Afghanistan to take up arms with
various human rights groups the Taliban, is back in the news.
Lihdh was originally captured after he participated in a failed prison break for Taliban inmates. During the break, a CIA officer, Johnny "Mike" Spann, was killed, but the government was unable to prove Lindh's involvement, so he was not charged.
Lindh agreed to a plea bargain in which he pled guilty to to supplying services to the Taliban and carrying an explosive during commission of a felony. He also agreed to a 20 year sentence, which was imposed on him in my old stomping grounds, the Eastern District of Virginia, in October 2002. In exchange, the government dropped charges that could have sent Lindh to prison for life.
That was then. Now, in the pages of the
Onion New York Times, Lindh's father writes that, with Osama now sleeping with the fishes, we can take a pass on the agreement, let his kid out (no doubt to collect fat fees on the lecture circuit) and, you know, give peace a chance.
Papa Lindh's letter forms, from the Times' point of view, a nice bookend to its publication of the letter from Osama's kids demanding an international investigation of the legal basis for killing him, available through Kent's post here.
The NYT is headed for bankruptcy, but I'll miss it when it goes. You can't get its degree of hatred for the United States just anywhere.
(Hat tip to federalist for alerting me to this story).