The lawyers representing American Taliban John Walker Lindt are going to try to make the case that their client was mistreated by American officials when taken into custody in Afghanistan.
The prosecutors deny this, saying they snatched Walker from a mud wall prison where others like him had killed a CIA operative in a prison uprising.
Walker had spent some time talking about how dedicated he was to the Taliban and his personal struggle to put Islam on top. That's reason enough to keep the guy under close watch, strapped to a stretcher.
(And by the way, he didn't stay strapped to a stretcher for all that long. He was given some hospital scrubs and blankets. Eventually, Walker even got a heater.)
Today, Walker is looking healthy and clean-shaven. He's getting close to looking like the all-American boy he might have been had he not gone off the deep end.
Walker's lawyers argued before a judge that their client was not part of a conspiracy — Taliban or otherwise. The judge asked what the 20-year-old Californian native was then doing in Afghanistan? When he realized he was out of line, he took the question back.
But I'm not the judge, and I think the Walker defense team and John Walker himself have to answer that question.
If he was so innocent, what was he doing over there? If he says he was a student of sharia — Islamic law — how did he get to the Taliban front lines shooting at people he had to know were Americans.
Every other Al Qaeda and Taliban member seemed to know that the Northern Alliance didn't have the B-52's that were blowing up entire mountains.
Of course Walker knew he would have Americans in his gun sights. That's why his defense is trying to argue that he really wanted out of the whole deal, but that those mean old Talibans wouldn't let him run home to Marin Country.
Being with the Taliban is de facto being against America. And there you have your conspiracy... Mr. Walker.
It's just my guess, but I got ten bucks that says his confession comes in, the jury hears it, and the verdict comes back guilty ...after three hours deliberation, four hours tops.
That's My Word.
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