- Category : 1981-births
- Type : PE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 1
American citizen who moved to Afghanistan to become a jihad warrior with the Taliban, using the various named of Suleyman al-Faris, Abdul Hamid and John Walker. He grew up in Marin County, CA. As a kid, he rejected Catholicism and discovered Islam on his computer. He identified with alternate cultures, anything but his own, even calling himself black for a while (via computer). At age 16 he read "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and was drawn to the militant branch of Islam. He began to wear the long white robe and pillbox hat as a teenager.
His parents were permissive enough to allow him to explore his own realities, even paying for a trip to Yemen at the time they were separating, late 1998. After living in Yemen, John came back in 1999 to see his mom but went back, this time to Afghanistan. He gravitated to a Qaeda training camp where he learned to handle an AK-47, fighting with Pakistanis in Kashmir in Summer 2001. In November he ended up with several hundred other Taliban who surrendered and were herded into container trucks and shipped to a fortress prison near Mazar-e-Sharif. There was a revolt at Qala Jangi prison in which Walker was wounded, shot in the leg, and after six days, they surrendered in early December.
High ranking Americans called Walker a traitor and wanted to make an example of him but he is not a candidate for military tribunal. Others hoped that he could negotiate a plea bargain by giving information about the Al Qaeda's recruiting and training.
Walker was flown to the U.S. Navy ship Peleliu on 12/14/2001. On 10/04/2002, he was sentenced by a federal court in Alexandria, VA to 20 years for aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives while in Afghanistan.
"John Phillip Walker Lindh was born on Feb. 9, 1981 at the Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C. to parents Marilyn Walker and Frank Lindh" He was the 2nd of 3 children. He was named after Beatle John LENNON who was shot only 2 months earlier.