Lindh served 17 years of a 20-year sentence after he was captured in 2001 fighting in Afghanistan. He has spent most of the last 20 years behind bars in IN, however, after pleading guilty to assisting the Taliban while being investigated over a prison uprising that resulted in the death of Johnny Micheal Spann, a Central Intelligence Agency paramilitary operative who was the first American killed during the USA campaign in Afghanistan.
John Walker Lindh, now 38, was released on Thursday from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, under a series of post-release restrictions recently imposed by a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia.
If anything, Begg said, Lindh was imprisoned too long.
"Our safety depends on keeping risky terrorists where they can't harm Americans, but right now even unrepentant terrorists are eligible for early release from prison, sometimes for so-called 'good behavior, ' said Cotton". He admitted to participating in a Taliban uprising at a detention camp in northern Afghanistan that killed hundreds of prisoners and a Central Intelligence Agency officer, Johnny Michael Spann. Spann had been questioning Lindh at a prison, when his fellow prisoners staged a bloody revolt.
He will serve his supervised release under restrictions including monitoring of his internet devices and that he can not leave the country.
Lindh had no role in Spann's death - America's first Afghanistan war combat casualty - but became forever politically entwined in it.
The Taliban and foreign fighters who revolted at Qalai Janghi had been brought to the fortress after surrendering the northern Afghan city of Kunduz to northern alliance fighters.
'Don't turn him loose if there's reports out here that he's not being the model prisoner that ya'll say he is, ' the elder Spann said. He denied any role in the Central Intelligence Agency man's death but admitted carrying an assault rifle and two grenades.
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Earlier this week, Spann's father petitioned the court to review Lindh's release, based on the 2017 National Counterterrorism Centre report. Lindh initially opposed but eventually acquiesced to the restrictions, which include monitoring software on his internet devices; requiring that his online communications be conducted in English and that he undergo mental health counseling; and forbidding him from possessing or viewing extremist material, holding a passport of any kind or leaving the U.S.
"His more than 17 years in captivity seem, on the basis of this correspondence, to have converted Lindh from an al-Qaeda supporter to an Islamic State supporter", Mr Wood wrote.
Lindh was released Thursday from a facility in IN, having served 17 years of a 20-year sentence.
"Nobody really knows what his views are right now in 2019", he said.
Lindh's release has drawn criticism, including from Spann's family. When he was sentenced, Lindh said he never would have joined the Taliban if he fully understood what they were about.
"We are in prison due to our beliefs and the practice of our religion, not for committing any crime", Lindh wrote in a March 2014 letter, according to NBC4 Los Angeles.