John Walker Lindh, 'American Taliban' Released from Prison


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John Walker Lindh, 'American Taliban' Released from Prison

Allegedly Converted Inmates to Radical Islam While Imprisoned

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John Walker Lindh, the captured Islamic militant who at age 20 traveled to Afghanistan to join the Taliban and fought alongside the terrorists in the days after 9/11, was released from U.S. federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana Thursday - despite lawmakers' concerns about the “security and safety implications” of freeing an unrepentant terrorist who officials say continues to “openly call for extremist violence," according to Fox News. Lindh, dubbed the "American Taliban," served only 17 years of a 20-year sentence. 

As he reintegrates into American society, Lindh will have a set of heavy restrictions placed on him. He will need permission to obtain Internet-connected devices, will not be allowed to talk online in any language but English and will be barred from having a passport, among other restrictions.

Some lawmakers, however, question whether the restrictions placed on Lindh will be enough.

In 2017, the National Counterterrorism Center, according to documents obtained by Foreign Policy and cited by Fox News, underscored that Lindh continued to "advocate for global jihad and write and translate violent extremist texts."


"Reports say he was helping to convert other inmates to radical Islam. The conditions of release say you're not permitted to do that anymore, so I'm a little curious as to how he managed to earn parole. How can you get released for good behavior when you're doing that? And he only received 20 years. Sounds to me like maybe he was under charged."


"Right. How are you the first person taken into custody after the September 11th attacks and only serve 20 years? You could get busted with a bag of coke on Monument Circle and potentially serve a longer sentence than this guy served. And media reports indicate that this guy is still radicalized."

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