A U.S. federal prison is expected to give early release for good behavior to the “American Taliban,” unrepentant jihadist John Walker Lindh, on Thursday. Lindh, currently behind bars in Terre Haute, Indiana, will have served 17 years of his 20-year sentence.
U.S. troops captured Lindh among the terrorist Taliban in Afghanistan in late 2001. He has been accused of being complicit in the murder of Johnny “Mike” Spann, the U.S. Marine-turned-CIA operative who was the first American killed in combat in Afghanistan.
Lawmakers expressed concern for “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.”