Tuesday, December 20, 2005

American Taliban Petitions For Reduced Sentence


A U.S. Justice Department spokesman said today that federal officials are still reviewing a commutation request submitted to President Bush last year by former Taliban fighter John Lindh...

One of his lawyers, James Brosnahan of San Francisco, announced today that Lindh submitted a renewal of his petition to the president on Monday after not having received a response to the original filing...

Lindh was the first person to be charged in a U.S. court in the post-Sept. 11 war on terrorism...

Lindh's attorneys contend his sentence is unfair and excessive in comparison with the treatment of other suspects in the war on terrorism, including Yaser Hamdi, an American citizen who was released last year after less than three years in custody.

Brosnahan said, "Justice and fairness require that Mr. Lindh's 20-year sentence be commuted."

Brosnahan said Lindh's conduct was "materially the same" as Hamdi's...

The attorney said Lindh "never fought against Americans in any way, shape or form and never participated in any terrorist activities against this nation or any other country."...

Let's face it. This guy got screwed. He was just a kid on a spiritual quest who got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There never was any evidence the public has been made aware of that he played any role in planning or carrying out any terrorist attack or that he ever fought against Americans.
If we are going throw Americans in jail for hanging out with the Taliban how about starting with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

Rohrabacher on left posing with Afghan fighters 1988

And just what was Rohrabacher doing going on a secret mission to meet with the Taliban, a govt the US did not recognize, 5 months before Sept 11??? It doesn't pass a smell test.


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