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'American Taliban' Lindh released from U.S. prison amid concerns - Reuters

(Reuters) - John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, was freed early from federal prison on Thursday after serving 17 years, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said.

Lindh, who was 20 years old when he was captured, was released amid concerns about his rehabilitation.

Lindh, now 38, left the prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, Thursday morning. He had been sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty in 2002 to charges of supplying services to the Taliban and carrying an explosive during the commission of a felony.

Lindh is among dozens of prisoners to be released during the next few years after being captured in Iraq and Afghanistan and convicted of terrorism-related crimes following the attacks on the United States by al Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001.

His release brought objections from elected officials who asked why Lindh was being freed early and what training parole officers had to spot radicalization and recidivism among former jihadists.

Leaked U.S. government documents published by Foreign Policy magazine show the federal government as recently as 2016 described Lindh as holding “extremist views.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Lindh’s release “unexplainable and unconscionable.”

“There’s something deeply troubling and wrong about it,” he said on Fox News on Thursday morning.

“What is the current interagency policy, strategy, and process for ensuring that terrorist/extremist offenders successfully reintegrate into society?” asked U.S. Senators Richard Shelby and Margaret Hassan in a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The bureau said in a statement that it does not share details of specific inmates’ release plans but that it does have policies for monitoring parolees with ties to terrorism.

During his supervised release, Lindh will not be allowed to possess any internet-capable device with out prior permission from his probation officer, and any such device must be monitored continuously, according to court documents.

He is not allowed to hold a passport, communicate with known extremists or have any online communications in any language other than English unless otherwise approved. He also must undergo mental health counseling, court documents showed.

Lindh’s parents, Marilyn Walker and Frank Lindh, did not respond to requests for comment and Lindh’s lawyer, Bill Cummings, declined to comment.

U.S.-born Lindh converted from Catholicism to Islam as a teenager. At his sentencing in 2002, he said he traveled to Yemen to learn Arabic and then to Pakistan to study Islam.

Lindh said he volunteered as a soldier with the Taliban, the radical Sunni Muslim group that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, to help fellow Muslims in their struggle or “jihad.” He said he had no intention “to fight against America” and never understood jihad to mean anti-Americanism.

Lindh told the court he condemned “terrorism on every level” and attacks by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were “completely against Islam.”

But a January 2017 report by the U.S. government’s National Counterterrorism Center, published by Foreign Policy, said that, as of May 2016, Lindh “continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts.”

NBC News reported that Lindh wrote a letter to its Los Angeles station KNBC in 2015 expressing support for Islamic State, saying the Islamic militant group was fulfilling “a religious obligation to establish a caliphate through armed struggle.”

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His release is just in time for 2019 Memorial Day -- maybe he'll visit Mike Spann's grave …
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17 years ago he should have gone to the gallows.
Au contraire, he should have caught several .45ACPs right
between his beady eyes the moment the judge gaveled the
trial proceedings to a close. But a noose works as well just
takes a lot longer.
 
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The taxpayers' will have to pay for someone to monitor this prick. Wouda been cheaper to keep locked up and cheaper yet to exterminate.
 

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'American Taliban' Prison Letters Prove He Needs To Stay Locked Up
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However, at least one thing has changed. According to a report from 2017 in Foreign Policy, Lindh obtained Irish citizenship in 2013 through his paternal grandmother.

His father, Frank Lindh hoped his son could build a new life in a new country upon his release, though it wasn’t clear whether the United States would allow Lindh to leave the country immediately, or whether Ireland would even take him.

However, Foreign Policy noted that Lindh would “leave prison with Irish citizenship and a stubborn refusal to renounce violent ideology, according to the U.S. government.”
 

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I think the prison should provide him with a bus ticket to Ireland.
 

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Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)
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On Memorial Day, you might spare a thought for Americans like Mike Spann

Spann’s father, Johnny Spann, 70, talked about his son and Lindh to Martha MacCallum of Fox News.

“I’d like Americans to ask themselves, if every male American followed in the footsteps of John Walker Lindh and did the things he did, would you be free? I don’t think so.

“But if you follow in the footsteps of Mike Spann, you would be a free nation and you would continue to be free, and you wouldn’t have to sit down and tell your grandkids and great-grandkids years down the road, ‘This is what it used to be like to be free in America.’ ”
 

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Iam not sayin the guy looks like a fag..... I just sayin he wouldnt spit a dick out until it went soft....
 
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