Thursday, March 12, 2009

American Taliban Lawyer to head Obama's Justice Department Civil Division

H/T to Hotair, an excellent article by Lileks:

I’d have preferred his prosecutor got the job, but I’m vindictive like that

I know it’s old news, but it’s fascinating. Remember this guy?

John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban.” Caught in Afghanistan after the invasion while fighting on the side of the Taliban against the Northern Alliance; pled guilty to supplying aid to the enemy, and for possessing explosives during the commission of a felony.

Here’s the indictment. Of course, they can indict a ham sandwich, and say the ham sandwich was made by Hitler; they have to prove it. But if you want to return to those merry days of yore and remind yourself of the fellow’s particulars, read on:

8. In or about late May or June 2001, LINDH agreed to attend an al-Qaeda training camp for additional and extensive military training, knowing that America and its citizens were the enemies of Din Laden and al-Qaeda and that a principal purpose of al-Qaeda was to fight and kill Americans.

9. In or about late May or June 2001, LINDH traveled to a Bin Laden guest house in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he stayed for several days.


I mention this for one reason: Tony Ward is the President’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Division. If you want to know how far we are past 9/11, there’s your answer: John Walker Lindh’s defense attorney is going to work for Justice. I’m not saying he wouldn’t do a perfectly competent job.

It just seems like one of those things that might have stuck out, once upon a time.

Hope'n'change. What's next? Bin Laden himself working for the administration.

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