January 24, 2002
Now that you're back in the U.S., here's a reminder of what happened while you were away on your quest for spiritual fulfillment with the Taliban.
December 4, 2001
I AM APPALLED by the notion that an American could be swayed by the Taliban to fight for their cause. If this so-called American, "John Walker," is really an American, he deserves to die a traitor's death. All Americans home and abroad who conspire against this great nation should be executed and their bodies should not be allowed to be buried in the United States. There is plenty of land in Iraq or Afghanistan for these losers to be disposed of. Larry Collins, Philadelphia President Bush has repeatedly stated that anyone who harbors terrorists will be considered terrorists themselves.
December 20, 2001 |
ALL RED-BLOODED Americans hate the Taliban. But what did red-blooded Americans think of the Taliban seven months ago? That's about when John Walker, 20-year-old American citizen, disappeared from sight until he surfaced earlier this month in a prisoner-of-war camp for Taliban fighters. Now many Americans want Walker tried, punished, executed . . . nothing is too terrible to contemplate doing to this traitor who abandoned his country and joined up with that rats' nest of anti-Americanism, that oppressor of women, that harborer of terrorists: the Taliban.
May 13, 2011
John Walker, 67, the American-born musician who was the front man for the Walker Brothers, one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock and roll, died Saturday of liver cancer in Los Angeles. He had his greatest success as the guitarist and vocalist for the Walker Brothers, which produced such 1960s hits as "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "Love Her," "Make it Easy on Yourself," and "My Ship Is Comin' In. " While the Beatles were remaking the face of rock and roll during the British invasion of America in the mid-1960s, Mr. Walker moved from the United States to England.
January 4, 2002 |
NOW THAT THE Justice Department has listed the charges it is considering against John Walker, the 20-year-old American from California who joined the Taliban, it is possible to draft the outlines of a defense strategy. Against these charges, at least, Walker may be able to put on a surprisingly strong case in federal court. Making his case in the court of public opinion is another matter. The Justice Department has identified six crimes possibly committed by Walker: treason, murder of a U.S. government employee (Michael Spann, the CIA agent who interrogated Walker and was later killed when the Taliban prisoners at Mazar-i-Sharif revolted)
May 10, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - John Walker, the American-born musician who was the frontman for the Walker Brothers, one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 67. Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his personal assistant, Polly Klemmer, told the Associated Press. He had continued to work until just a few weeks ago, making his last concert appearance in Los Angeles in March, Klemmer said Sunday. Walker had his greatest success as the guitarist and vocalist for the Walker Brothers, which produced such 1960s hits as "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "Love Her," "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "My Ship Is Comin' In. " While the Beatles and other British groups were remaking the face of rock 'n' roll during the so-called British invasion of America in the mid-1960s, Walker moved from the United States to England.
January 18, 2002
HERE'S A terrifying thought: We applaud John Ashcroft. The attorney general was right to bring criminal charges against American Taliban John Walker Lindh instead of the military tribunal that could have led to the death penalty. It's not that we think Walker should be given an easy ride: to the contrary, we have already called for him to be tried for treason. But a treason charge would require two witnesses, and the criminal charge, which could carry a life sentence, would ensure due process for Walker and make it easier for the government to move forward on the case.
December 7, 2001
JOHN WALKER IS a gentle boy who was within his rights to pursue religious freedom when he converted to Islam and later, moved to Pakistan and then Afghanistan. That he was captured fighting with the Taliban could only mean he was brainwashed. Maybe, like Patty Hearst, he underwent conversion-under-duress that made him take up guns against his own country. But he committed no actual crime. Hell, even joining the Taliban wasn't against the law. In fact, joining the Taliban was his God-given (or would that be Allah-given?
April 16, 1990 |
Maybe it happened when he was modeling athletic shorts on the runway for Macy's, or maybe it happened when he was doing a test shoot for Calvin Klein underwear. Or maybe it was when he was standing in line for a K mart ad behind Rick Edwards, one of the top fashion models in the world. He isn't quite sure. But sometime in 1987, after a year in front of the cameras and circulating with America's beautiful people, John Walker, from a horse farm in Burlington County, decided to take the focus off himself and put it back on horses.
January 18, 1994 |
One North Philadelphia man was convicted yesterday of third-degree murder and a second was acquitted in the street-corner slaying of Robert Burns, whose death in July 1992 heightened racial tensions in Kensington. Rudis Moreira, 20, who witnesses said fired the gun that killed Burns, was convicted of third-degree murder, nine counts of reckless endangerment, possession of an instrument of crime and related charges. He was acquitted of nine counts of aggravated assault. John Walker, 22, who drove the car from which Moreira fired the fatal shot, was acquitted of all charges.