TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Tonight many eyes are on Terre Haute’s Federal Prison. John Walker Lindh also known as the American Taliban is scheduled to be released from the prison tomorrow.
Lindh served 17 years behind bars. ABC News says that this is not an early release, but probation. His sentence was cut three years due to “good behavior.” Lindh was arrested when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. He pleaded guilty to fighting for the Taliban after the 9-11 attacks. When Lindh was sentenced he told the court if he knew back then what he does now of the Taliban, he would have never joined. There are conditions to Lindh release aside from three year of supervised probation:
- He isn’t allowed to have an internet capable device without probation permission
- He can’t view extremist or terrorism videos
- He can’t communicate online in any other language than English
- He has to undergo mental health counseling
- He can’t leave the U.S. without permission from the court.
The father of slain CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann petitioned for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to investigate the actions of Lindh prior to his release. That’s following a report that came out by the National Counterterrorism Center.
We have those documents and will bring you a full report tomorrow upon Lindh’s release from federal prison.