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US‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh released from prison after 17 years

17:01  23 may  2019
17:01  23 may  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

John Walker Lindh, American ex-Taliban militant, set to walk free Thursday

John Walker Lindh, American ex-Taliban militant, set to walk free Thursday The militant known as American Taliban is set to be released from a U.S. federal prison Thursday despite fresh concerns from lawmakers over the “security and safety implications” of such a move – as they say he continues to “openly call for extremist violence.” John Walker Lindh, who is currently behind bars in Terra Haute, Indiana, is set to be discharged May 23, several years before he would complete the prescribed 20-year prison sentence he received for joining and supporting the Taliban. The former Islamist fighter and enemy combatant, named “Detainee 001 in the war on terror,” was arrested in 2001, just months after the Sept.

John Walker Lindh , a California native who became known as the " American Taliban " after he was captured alongside Taliban militants in Afghanistan in 2001 will be released from an Indiana prison Thursday. Lindh , now 38 years old, has served 17 years of his 20-year sentence for providing

John Walker Lindh , also known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces, will go free after 17 years in prison . But conditions imposed recently on Lindh ’s release , slated for Thursday, make clear that authorities remain concerned about the threat he could pose once free.

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh released from prison after 17 years© J. Scott Applewhite/AP With his head shaved and his stare fixed straight, John Walker Lindh leaves jail in Alexandria, Va., in 2002 on the way to his first appearance in federal court. John Walker Lindh, the first person to be convicted of a crime in the “War on Terror,” left prison a free man Thursday after 17 years behind bars, his lawyer confirmed.

The Northern California native was captured months into the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a war that has now lasted longer than his incarceration. The revelation that a young American had joined the group that harbored the 9/11 terrorists was a national shock.

John Walker Lindh release -- Don't ask, 'now what,' ask 'so what?'

John Walker Lindh release -- Don't ask, 'now what,' ask 'so what?' John Walker Lindh, the former “American Taliban,” is almost back on the streets. Captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2002, he was convicted of providing material support to terrorism and has been in prison ever since. Now he is set to be released on Thursday, even though he has never denounced the Islamist cause. This has led many to ask, “Now what?” I’d respond with another question: So what? America is a nation of laws and the law must guide our treatment of Lindh. He was lawfully incarcerated. He’s now done his time, so he is due all rights consistent with the terms of his release.

After serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence, John Walker Lindh , the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and convicted of providing support to the Taliban , is set to be released from an Indiana federal prison on Thursday. Lindh was 20 when he was arrested.

The release of John Walker Lindh , captured during the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, is highlighting questions about his reintegration into society. On Thursday, that captive, John Walker Lindh , is scheduled to leave a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., released on probation after serving 17

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Lindh pleaded guilty in 2002 to aiding the Taliban and carrying weapons. Prosecutors were unable to prove, however, that he went beyond fighting the Taliban’s Afghan enemies by aiding terrorists or trying to kill Americans.

“I did not go to fight against America, and I never did,” Lindh told U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria at the time. “I have never supported terrorism in any form, and I never will. . . . I made a mistake by joining the Taliban. Had I realized then what I know now, I would never have joined them.”

'American Taliban' to be released from prison Thursday

'American Taliban' to be released from prison Thursday 'American Taliban' to be released from prison Thursday

John Walker Lindh , the American man captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and later convicted of providing support to the Taliban , is set to be released from an Indiana federal prison Thursday after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence. John Walker Lindh , left, in Afghanistan in 2001.

John Walker Lindh , Convicted Of Helping Taliban , Being Released From Prison Lindh has served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for being a Taliban soldier. In the coming years, dozens of Americans linked to extremist groups are in line to be released from U.S. prisons .

Lindh’s plea agreement capped his sentence at 20 years; he was released early for good behavior. Although that credit is built into the law for all federal prisoners, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) has called for Lindh to be kept in prison and said he had President Trump’s support.

The family of CIA operative Johnny “Mike” Spann, who was killed in a riot at the Afghan prison where Lindh was held, has been vocal in denouncing his release, although prosecutors and Ellis have said there was no evidence Lindh was involved in Spann’s death.

In a letter to the court Monday, Spann’s father asked Ellis to investigate a 2016 intelligence report that, according to the publication Foreign Policy, said Lindh has “continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts.”

NBC News on Wednesday reported that Lindh had written to a network affiliate in 2015 and said he believed the Islamic State was “doing a spectacular job.” The report said Lindh sent three letters to the station and in one said the terrorist group was “very sincere and serious about fulfilling the long-neglected religious obligation to establish a caliphate through armed struggle, which is the only correct method.”

'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh released from prison

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John Walker Lindh , a Californian captured in the Middle East, has served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for supporting the Taliban regime. American -born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh says a federal prison rule barring him and other Muslims from praying together daily is "absurd".

John Walker Lindh , the American who went to Afghanistan and wound up training with al Qaeda and fighting for the Taliban , was released this week after serving 17 years of a 20-year bid for his role in killing a CIA officer named Johnny Spann. This has aroused the customary consternation and

Lindh has served his time in a unit of Terre Haute Federal Correctional Institution in Indiana, where interactions are highly restricted and monitored.

Officials would not say what time of day he would be released. The morning release was first reported by CNN.

“For safety, security and privacy reasons, we do not comment on individual release plans,” a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons said. “Mr. Lindh is being released in accordance with applicable statutes and BOP regulations.”

In prison, he has remained religiously doctrinaire. Going by Yayyah Lindh, he successfully challenged a policy of strip-searching detainees in his unit before visits, because in Islam “a male person is prohibited from exposing the area of his body between the navel and the knees.”

He also won the right in court to cuff his pants above the ankles and participate in daily group prayer.

“This is mandatory and not optional,” he wrote in a 2009 letter to the prison authorities of his religious obligations.

Lindh now must serve three years of supervised release, during which he cannot hold a passport, use the Internet without monitoring, view extremist or terroristic material, communicate with known extremists or converse online in any language other than English without prior approval. He must undergo mental health treatment.

Trump very unhappy with 'American Taliban' fighter's early release

Trump very unhappy with 'American Taliban' fighter's early release President Trump said Thursday that he was very unhappy with the fact that "American Taliban" fighter John Walker Lindh was released early from prison. "What bothers me more than anything else, is that here's a man that has not given up his proclamation of terror and we have to let him out," Trump said. "Am I happy about it? Not even a little bit. The lawyers have gone through it with a fine-tooth comb. If there was a way to break that, I would have broken it in two seconds. I knew about it very well." Lindh was released two-and-a-half years before his 20-year sentence was set to end.

John Walker Lindh and other incarcerated American supporters of Islamic militants present a quandary with growing urgency: is the John Walker , the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban , will be released from a US federal prison on Thursday, three years early.

John Walker Lindh , the so-called “ American Taliban ” captured in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks, is due to be released on Thursday after 17 years in U.S. federal prison .

He initially opposed the imposition of those conditions but ultimately acquiesced without a challenge. They were requested by his probation officer, according to an order from Ellis, “given the rare nature of the defendant’s crime and his unique personal history and characteristics.”

Lindh’s family and attorneys declined to comment. But in a question-and-answer session after the guilty plea, defense attorney Tony West said Lindh wanted to get a college degree and doctorate.

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh released from prison after 17 years© AP/AP John Walker Lindh is seen in this undated photo from a religious school where he studied for five months in Pakistan. West also said prosecutors initially wanted to bar Lindh from ever leaving the country again. Lindh refused to sign any agreement that prevented him from making a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Lindh, 21 at the time of his arrest, was raised outside San Francisco by a Catholic father and Buddhist mother. He converted to Islam as a teenager after reading “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and went to the Middle East to study Arabic and religion.

He became increasingly fundamentalist in his views. Living in Pakistan, he wrote his family, “really makes me look upon American society with pity.” At a madrassa there, he later told CNN, his “heart became attached” to the Taliban. He joined the group in Afghanistan, committing to the fight against the Northern Alliance for a “pure Islamic state.”

He trained at an al-Qaeda camp where he met Osama bin Laden, but he told the FBI he declined to join the group or participate in attacks on the United States and Israel. His jihad, he said, was in Afghanistan.

“Bin Laden’s terrorist attacks are completely against Islam,” he said at his sentencing, “completely contrary to the conventions of jihad and without any justification whatsoever. . . . Terrorism is never justified and has proved extremely damaging to Muslims around the world.”

This is a developing story.

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Ellen Nakashima contributed to this report.

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