'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh to be released

American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released from Terre Haute prison Thursday John Walker Lindh  file

American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released from Terre Haute prison Thursday John Walker Lindh file

The California man who became known as the "American Taliban" after his capture on an Afghanistan battlefield in late 2001 has been released from prison.

His early release has sparked fierce criticism, with many believing he still harbours extremist views. He is being released from his sentence early for good behavior.

The Bureau of Prisons said Lindh rejected an interview request submitted by The Associated Press, and his lawyer declined to comment.

Spann is said to have interrogated Lindh just hours before the revolt, but the terrorist didn't warn him about the prisoners' plans. By the middle of 2001, he had joined the Taliban.

Television footage of a bearded, wounded Lindh captured among Taliban fighters created an worldwide sensation, and he was brought to the U.S.to face charges of conspiring to kill Spann and providing support to terrorists.

Under restrictions imposed by a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, Lindh's internet devices must have monitoring software; his online communications must be conducted in English; he must undergo mental health counseling; he is forbidden to possess or view extremist material; and he can not hold a passport or leave the US.

Probation officers never explained why they sought the restrictions but it is clear that authorities retain misgivings about Lindh.

Foreign Policy magazine leaked a memo from The National Counterterrorism Center written in January 2017 that highlighted concerns over recidivism in violent extremists in general.

Now 38, Lindh is among dozens of prisoners set to be released over the next few years after being captured in Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. forces and convicted of terrorism-related crimes following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Fighters stormed the compound where Lindh was being held and killed Johnny Spann, an undercover CIA Officer, from Alabama.

NBC News reported Lindh wrote a letter to its Los Angeles station KNBC in 2015 expressing support for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), saying the militant group was fulfilling "a religious obligation to establish a caliphate through armed struggle". "For my family, terrorism does not equal good behavior", she told ABC News ahead of his Thursday release.

Alison added that Lindh, whom she called a "traitor", was training with al-Qaeda* in Afghanistan when the 9/11 attacks were planned, and he was fighting on their side after the horrifying attacks were carried out, therefore he should not be released.

Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday morning that Lindh 'still is threatening the United states of America, still committed to the very jihad that he engaged in that killed a great American and a great Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Some US lawmakers fear Lindh remains a security risk.

Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo who now serves as director of outreach for London-based CAGE, which supports the rights of those accused of terror-related crimes, said the criticism over Lindh's early release is misguided.

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