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Home Front: WoT
Re: John Walker Lindh out of prison. WoT continues.
2019-05-23
[Hot Air] Remember John Walker Lindh? One of America’s first detainees in the war on terror walked out of prison today after serving seventeen years of a 20-year sentence for terrorism. Reports that Lindh spent time in prison evangelizing for violent Islamist radicalism has some questioning why the federal government let him out ever:

John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban" whose capture in Afghanistan riveted a country in the early days after the September 11 attacks, has been released from prison.

After serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence, Lindh, the first US-born detainee in the war on terror, on Thursday walked out of a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, and will join the small, but growing, group of Americans convicted of terror-related charges attempting to re-enter into society.

Lindh will live in Virginia subject to the direction of his probation officer, his lawyer, Bill Cummings, tells CNN. But some are already calling for an investigation into his time in prison ‐ where he is said in two US government reports to have made pro-ISIS and other extremist statements ‐ that could send him back into detention.

Reports of Lindh’s maintained radicalization, detailed in two 2017 official counterterrorism assessments, are also driving questions about the efforts of the US government to rehabilitate former sympathizers like him, who are expected to complete prison sentences in waves in the coming years.

Lindh’s behavior must have been particularly good, at least from the prison system point of view. Federal guidelines require prisoners to serve at least 85% of their sentence regardless of their disposition while incarcerated, and that’s precisely what Lindh served. Even so, Lindh would have been released no later than three years from now regardless of his behavior, unless he committed other prosecutable crimes while in prison.
Posted by:Besoeker

#7  Ah - I see Johnny One Note has struck again...
Posted by: Raj   2019-05-23 23:41  

#6  We're still at war after the American Taliban finished his 20 year prison sentence. Jesus.

Wrong deity, Mr. McCoy. It’s Allah, and they’re still at war.. Not just with us, but with everyone who hasn’t submitted, everywhere in the world that they can reach. One hopes that the significant reduction in oil revenues will start to make a difference soon, but given that local groups tend to specialize in narcotics growth and transport, kidnapping, and other crimes, they tend to be mostly self-financing, while returning jihadis from Iraq/Syria and organized cross-training for cadres takes care of locals skills deficits, now that the Soviet Union isn’t providing that aspect of things.
Posted by: trailing wife   2019-05-23 23:35  

#5  Shhhh he's Virtue Signalling™
Posted by: Frank G   2019-05-23 19:04  

#4  Herb Islam had been at war with humans for over 1,400 years! It's got absolutely nothing, zero to do with the USA.
Posted by: Woodrow   2019-05-23 17:41  

#3  We're still at war after the American Taliban finished his 20 year prison sentence. Jesus.
Posted by: Herb McCoy   2019-05-23 16:37  

#2  These days he'll probably get his own "reality" show or a gig on CNN.....
Posted by: Mercutio   2019-05-23 10:40  

#1  Heard a short piece this a.m. on National Peoples Radio. "American Taliban". Early release is controversial. No mention of why he was jugged. No mention of Mike Spann.

Not everyone has forgotten.
Posted by: SteveS   2019-05-23 10:05  

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