‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh released from prison

John Walker Lindh, the Californian who joined the Taliban before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and who still is said to favor radical ideology, has been released from prison ahead of his 20-year sentence, reports the Associated Press.

Lindh, 38, was dubbed “American Taliban” by the press after his 2001 capture in Afghanistan. He served a little over 17 years of his sentence.

A judge recently imposed additional restrictions on his supervision, so Lindh will have monitoring software on his technology. He is required to remain in the US and to go to counseling.

There has been opposition to his release, including a letter by two US Senators to the Bureau of Prisons, which read, in part, “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.”

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