An American man from California, better known as the “American Taliban,” was captured by U.S. and British forces during a four day shootout on an Afghanistan battlefield in 2001. John Walker Lindh was willingly fighting for the Taliban, becoming a traitor to his country, putting American lives in immediate danger. Lindh, was released from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Iniania, on Thursday, and now will be back out walking our streets…
John Lindh, who is now 38 years old, spent the last 17 years inside a federal penitentiary after pleading guilty to providing information and support to the Taliban. Lindh was scheduled to serve 20 years but according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he was released three years early because of “good behavior.” Via the AP.
When troops captured Lindh back in 2001, they battled in Qala-i-Jangi, which located a prison camp that housed hundreds of different ranking Taliban prisoners. After a revolt from the Taliban inmates inside the prison, American CIA Agent Mike Spann was killed as a result. This marked the first American casualty in Afghanistan during the War on Terror time period. Hundreds of Northern Alliance soldiers and Taliban prisoners were killed during the four day battle as well. Via the Daily Caller.
A judge ruling on the case recently imposed additional restrictions on the “American Taliban's” post release supervision, with lingering concerns Lindh may still align himself with radical Muslim ideology.
According to the AP, “Lindh initially opposed but eventually acquiesced to the restrictions, which include monitoring software on his internet devices; requiring that his online communications be conducted in English and that he undergo mental health counseling; and forbidding him from possessing or viewing extremist material, holding a passport of any kind or leaving the U.S.”
Back in 2017, Foreign Policy magazine cited a report from the National Counterterrorism Center, which concludes that Lindh, “continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts” for the Taliban and other Terrorist organizations.
The release of John Walker Lindh has sparked loads of criticism from Americans across the entire country, especially from Mike Spann’s family. His daughter, Alison Spann, continues to fight for her father’s name, saying on twitter that she asked President Trump to block the release of Lindh, calling the man a traitor, and his release was “an insult” to Spann’s “heroic legacy and his remaining family members.” Via the AP.
Spann’s mother, Gail Spann, spoke to reporters about the actions of Lindh, saying he could have saved her son’s life by warning those about the upcoming prison revolt which he knew about.
“He chose not to because he was a Taliban. He’s a traitor to our country. He could have had an opportunity to save a great man that actually saved a lot of lives that day,” Gail Spann said.
Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan have both criticized the release of Lindh, expressing their concern in a letter to the Bureau of Prisons. Via the AP.
“We must consider the security and safety implications for our citizens and communities who will receive individuals like John Walker Lindh who continue to openly call for extremist violence.” Said the senators letter.