'American Taliban' released from prison

John Walker Lindh was freed after serving 17 years of his 20-year sentence.
2:56 | 05/23/19

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His nickname is the American Taliban and now after more than seventeen years behind bars. John Walker Lindh has been released from prison. This is two and a half years before completing his full twenty year sentence if you remember he faced charges of providing support to terrorists. Following the 9/11 attacks I want to go to whit Johnson is an Indiana with more. Went there is a lot of people especially families who had victims in 9/11. These attacks that aren't OK with him being released so what are they what are they telling you. We'll Kimberly that's right there's been plenty of controversy surrounding the release of John Walker Lindh. Even before he walked out of that prison behind me an early morning hours in the most. Vocal opponents the family of Mike Spann is that CIA agent. Who was killed in Afghanistan back in 2001 in a prison uprising there that prison of course is where Lindh was staying. And about an hour or earlier before that revolt. Spann is seen on video interrogating land asking him questions they'll ultimately Lindh was never charged. In stands death he pleaded guilty to providing arms support to the Taliban. But we're also getting information from several government reports and ABC news sources telling us that they believe Linda. It's still radicalized. Still hold extremist views and even at one point. Suppressed express support. For crisis that information has outrage spans family his father and sister. Appealing directly to president trump and lawmakers to intervene they say the fact that Lindh was. Actually let out of prison about three years orally. Feels like a slap in the face Kimberly do we know why he was released early. It's a good question we've been following it basically the Bureau of Prisons says that they followed it. The rules and regulations. Of Lin's sentencing. They say that because of his good conduct he was able to get out early the Department of Justice did not oppose his release. Now a judge did impose some some tough restrictions as part of his probation which is a three year term. And for those restrictions he basically can only use limited and monitored approved Internet access. He has to communicate in English he can't have a passport he can't leave the country without permission. Also he is he's expected we know moved to Northern Virginia outside of DC sometime in the near future. Irate when Johnson we appreciate that thank you so much. And guys it's worth taking a look at just where we stand in this war in Afghanistan Lynn was captured in 2001. The US still has 141000. Troops in Afghanistan. Over 2000 US soldiers have died since the start of the war. Over 20000 troops have been wounded. And the cost of the war has been 773. Billion dollars America's longest war continues.

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