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5/22/2019

‘American Taliban’ to be released from prison Thursday

Filed under: Terrorism — DRJ @ 2:00 pm



[HEADLINE from DRJ]

REUTERS: ‘American Taliban’ to be released from prison Thursday

John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban and vilified as a national traitor, is to be released early from a federal prison on Thursday while some U.S. lawmakers worry he still poses a security risk.

Lindh served 17 years of a 20 year sentence.

— DRJ

8 Responses to “‘American Taliban’ to be released from prison Thursday”

  1. This will not end well.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  2. Trump wants to make sure there’s prison space available for his opponents next year.

    nk (dbc370)

  3. Wasn’t this the fellow some referred to as “Johnny Jihad”?

    I don’t know who is more stupid, this guy, or a U.S. soldier who would voluntarily decide to go live in North Korea.

    norcal (ce7ce7)

  4. Kevin M — his sentence has run, more or less; under the normal rules for early release, he qualifies.

    What should we do with him? Declare *him alone* to be outside the normal rules for early release? Detain an American citizen indefinitely despite his sentence having been served?

    The power to detain a citizen indefinitely, without prosecution and conviction for a crime, or beyond the end of a sentence for a crime, isn’t a power we should be willing to grant the government, in my opinion. It’s an absolute certainty that the power will be abused at some point.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  5. “Detain an American citizen indefinitely despite his sentence having been served?”
    aphrael (e0cdc9) — 5/22/2019 @ 5:31 pm

    Let’s get Johnny Spann’s take on this.

    Munroe (14a24e)

  6. Deserved the death penalty.

    NJRob (a5e74b)

  7. Detain an American citizen indefinitely despite his sentence having been served?

    Just declare him a sex offender, then you can effectively imprison him for life.

    Kishnevi (acea15)

  8. Kishnevi — I don’t think that’s constitutional, or good policy, either.

    Munroe — I have no faith that, if the principle is broken in a case like this, the tiny little of a sliver of a wedge that this case represents, with its extreme facts, won’t be used as the precedent that opens the door to a gigantic hole being ripped into it.

    We can all agree Lindh’s a bad guy. Will we agree about the 10,000th citizen detained forever after their criminal sentence ends?

    aphrael (3f0569)


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