USF Talk by Father of "American Taliban" Attracts Media Attention
Sept. 30, 2008 -- In a presentation at the USF School of Law Sept. 24, Frank Lindh, the father of John Walker Lindh, said his son is "not a criminal by any stretch of the imagination." John Walker Lindh was captured by American troops in Afghanistan in 2001 while fighting with the Taliban.
Rather, Lindh said, his son was a misguided youth who had recently converted to Islam and went to the Middle East to study the religion and learn Arabic. He ended up fighting with the Taliban in a deluded effort to help establish the country, but played no part in planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In the highly charged atmosphere after 9/11, Lindh said, his son was used as a scapegoat for the faults of the U.S. government. The younger Lindh, known as the "American Taliban," is serving a 20-year sentence for charges including conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens. Lindh gives the presentation regularly as part of his efforts to have his son's sentence commuted.
Listen to Frank Lindh speak below: