Quotes Monday after John Walker Lindh was spared life in prison under a plea deal.

 

"I provided my services as a soldier to the Taliban last year from about August to November. During the course of doing so I carried a rifle and two grenades." John Walker Lindh, describing his crimes to the court.

 

"The court finds John Lindh fully capable and competent." U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, ruling Lindh was permitted to make his guilty pleas.

 

"I'm proud to have him as a son." Frank Lindh, the defendant's father.

 

"I don't think it's a victory to the American people, to the ordinary people. I don't think it is a victory to my son, who gave his life." Gail Spann of Winfield, Ala., the mother of CIA officer killed in a Taliban prison uprising after interviewing Lindh and other prisoners.

 

"The U.S. government should not be able to plea out of its obligation under international law to protect those in U.S. custody from ill treatment. All allegations of abuse in custody should be investigated and the use of such methods should be strongly condemned." Vienna Colucci, International Justice Specialist for Amnesty International USA, speaking about allegations Lindh was mistreated in prison.