After the attacks of 9/11, American soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan captured an American fighting with them. His name is John Walker Lindh. He was brought back to the United States and given a 20 year prison sentence. Now he is slated for release in May and some people have concerns.
FOX News reports:
John Walker Lindh, American ex-Taliban fighter, to be released in May, hasn’t denounced Islamism
John Walker Lindh, a former American Taliban militant convicted in 2002 for supporting the terrorist organization, is due to be freed in May.
The former Islamist fighter, dubbed “Detainee 001 in the war on terror,” was arrested in 2001, just months after the Sept. 11 attacks and the start of the war in Afghanistan. Then just 20 years old, he was among a group of Taliban fighters who were captured by U.S. forces.
Within a year, Walker Lindh was convicted of supporting the Taliban and sentenced to 20 years in prison — even as some hardliners urged authorities to consider treason charges that could have resulted in the death penalty.
Walker Lindh’s release later this year is likely to be met with headaches for security services across the globe, especially since he has since acquired Irish citizenship and plans to move there — even though he hasn’t denounced radical Islamic ideology and has even made pro-Isis comments to the media.
Pete Hegseth of FOX News, who is a veteran who worked at Gitmo, says this is insanity:
Lindh acquired an Irish passport in 2013 and was able to do so because his grandmother was from there.
Irish Central reported in 2017:
American Taliban fighter plans to move to Ireland on release
The so-called “American Taliban”, John Walker Lindh, has announced that once free he plans on moving to Ireland.
Lindh, a California native, was infamously the first enemy combatant captured during the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
He was raised as a Roman Catholic but converted to Islam as a teenager and moved to Yemen to learn Arabic.
After 9/11 he helped the Taliban resist the US invasion but was captured and he became detainee #001 of the War on Terror.
After a trial by a Federal Grand Jury he was convicted of carrying explosives and aiding and abetting the Taliban for which he was sentenced to 20 years in jail; currently he is due to be released in 2019.
Now it’s emerged that Lindh plans on making a new life for himself in Ireland after he’s freed; his grandmother, Kathleen Maguire, was born in Donegal in 1929 and according to reports Lindh registered as an Irish citizen in 2013.
It’s stunning that he is even getting out of prison.