An infamous traitor and Taliban sympathizer, John Walker Lindh, is making headlines. The former Islamic fighter is set to be released early from prison.
The news caused a massive controversy as soon as it was reported. Now, many are speaking out in opposition to the ruling. Lawmakers and officials are holding nothing back.
"Lindh, who is currently behind bars in Terre Haute, Indiana, is set to be discharged Thursday, several years before he would complete the prescribed 20-year prison sentence. The former Islamist fighter and enemy combatant, named “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, along with a group of Taliban fighters who were captured by U.S. forces," reported Fox.
“I recently received a letter from his daughter Allison that was just heartbreaking,” Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. said Wednesday. “It said: ‘I feel his early release is a slap in the face to my family, every person killed on September 11, the military, the intelligence services and millions of Muslims who don’t embrace extremism’”.
“We’re calling on the Federal Bureau of Prisons to explain why he is being released early, and then we are calling on law enforcement authorities to be watching him extremely closely,” Waltz said. “We need to keep a close eye on him.”
Lindh has also been blamed for playing a role in the death of a CIA operative and former marine Johnny sPan. He was the first American killed in combat in Afghanistan post 9/11. Officials have cited "good behavior" for Lindh's early release.
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