US: ‘American Taliban’ is getting out of prison this week
The Muslim terrorist who became known as the “American Taliban” is set to be released from a US federal prison Thursday despite lawmakers’ concerns about the security and safety implications of freeing an unrepentant terrorist who continues to openly call for the mass murder of non-Muslims.
John Walker Lindh was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to supporting Muslim terrorists who harbored al-Qaeda as it planned the attacks of Sept. 11, following his capture in Afghanistan in November 2001, along with a group of Taliban terrorists.
The Muslim jihadist will be released from federal prison on Thursday, three years early, federal officials said.
“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,” Sens. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., wrote in a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons late last week that was obtained by the Washington Post.
About 500 federal prisoners have been sentenced for terrorism-related crimes, and about a fifth will be released within five years, 62 of them US citizens, researcher Kevin D. Lowry wrote in the Journal for Deradicalization in 2018.
With Lindh’s release, and with inmates who have ISIS ties nearing the end of their sentences, there may be a new focus on culling extremist beliefs before prisoners head back into civil society. But time is nearly up for many. “The offenders about to be released would receive resources at the end of their sentence,” Clifford said.