Friday, April 06, 2007

Suleyman al-Faris Wants a Presidential Pardon?!

Suleyman now prefers to go by Hamza Walker Lindh, but because the media is afraid to equate Islam and know him as John Phillip Walker Lindh.

"...The lawyer and parents of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh asked President Bush to commute his 20-year prison term, citing the case of an Australian man who was sentenced to less than a year for aiding terrorism.

"It is a question of proportionality. It is a question of fairness, and it is a question of the religious experience John Walker Lindh had," attorney James Brosnahan said. "And it was not in any way directed at the United States."

Lindh converted to Islam and went to Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban against the Northern Alliance, which received U.S. backing.

"In the atmosphere of the time, the best John could get was a plea bargain and a 20-year sentence," said Lindh's father, Frank Lindh. "We love our son very much. He was wrongly accused when he was found in Afghanistan."

The White House referred telephone calls to the Justice Department, which declined to comment because it had not received Lindh's petition." (source)

What gall. We have two border patrol agents being accosted in prison for doing their job and seven Marines in Camp Pendleton for doing theirs and this little snot-nosed rich kid wants a pardon? Wrongly accused? How was someone wearing a keffiyeh, carrying a gun and hanging with the Taliban wrongly accused? Instead of pardoning Suleyman, maybe we need to incarcerate his parents for their deplorable parenting.

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