The "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh released after 17 years in prison

The “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh released after 17 years in prison


“American Taliban” John Walker Lindh was released on Thursday, May 23, after seventeen years in prison for fighting alongside insurgents in Afghanistan. Today, 38, he left Terre Haute prison in Indiana early in the morning, said the Washington Post and CNN, citing his lawyer, Bill Cummings. John Walker Lindh was captured in late 2001 in Afghanistan. His release is “inexplicable and beyond comprehension,” according to the head of the American diplomacy, Mike Pompeo.

Still suspected of extolling extremist ideas, he is scheduled to move to Virginia, where he will be placed on strict parole, said Cummings. Its activities on the internet will be monitored in particular; it will not be able to communicate online in a language other than English without permission, and will not be able to come into contact with extremists or consult “content conveying extremism or terrorist opinions”. He will not be able to travel abroad without the permission of a judge, although in 2013 he obtained Irish citizenship.

  • “He is still threatening the United States of America”

His release is “inexplicable and beyond comprehension,” responded in the wake of the head of American diplomacy, Mike Pompeo. “From what I understand, he still threatens the United States of America and he still believes in the jihad he led that killed a great American and a great officer,” the elite agent of CIA Johnny Spann, regretted the Secretary of State on the Fox News channel. “There is something deeply troubling and bad about it. ”

John Walker Lindh was captured at the end of 2001 during the US military offensive in Afghanistan. After his capture, he was detained with other Taliban in a prison near Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of the country. The young man was then interrogated by Johnny Spann, who was killed shortly after a riot of prisoners, becoming the first American to die in the “war on terror” launched by George W. Bush.

Wounded in the riot, John Walker Lindh was sent back to the United States for trial and sentenced to 20 years in prison in October 2002. He pleaded guilty to “rendering services to the Taliban” and fighting alongside the insurgents, while assuring that they did not take up arms against their own country. Converted to Islam, he admitted to making “a mistake” in joining Islamist fighters and condemned “unambiguously” terrorism at his trial.

“I headed the CIA. Johnny Micheal Spann was one of us, an incredibly honest and courageous man, “added Mike Pompeo. “Now, we allow the release from prison of someone who was involved in his death after a relatively short sentence,” he protested, calling to “review all this.”

  • “Like a slap”

Two days before the release of the “American Taliban” from prison, Johnny Spann’s daughter, Allison Spann, had written a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to “block the early release of John Walker Lindh,” which she qualifies as a “traitor”.

“I feel this early release as a slap – not only for my father and my family, but for every person killed on September 11th, their families, the US military, the US secret service, the families who have lost loved ones in this war and the millions of Muslims around the world who do not support radical extremists. ”

In 2017, Foreign Policy magazine quoted a report by the National Counterterrorism Center stating that in March 2016 John Walker Lindh “continued to advocate the global holy war and write and translate violent extremist texts.”

According to Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, a specialist in extremism at George Washington University, he moved closer to Ahmad Musa Jibril, a Salafist preacher who had been incarcerated for several years in Terre Haute. NBC also revealed on Wednesday evening, the content of a letter written by John Walker Lindh in February 2015, in which he claimed that the Islamic State group was doing “incredible work”.

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