Some Senators Are Concerned Over The Early Release Of ‘American Taliban’ Fighter John Walker Lindh – By Kassy Dillon (Dailywire) / May 22 2019
“Our highest priority is keeping America safe, secure, and free.”
On Thursday, John Walker Lindh, also known as the “American Taliban” fighter, will be released after serving 17 and a half years of his 20-year sentence. In response, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) demanded answers in a letter sent to the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
In the letter, the senators requested information about “what steps the U.S. government is taking to ensure public safety,” citing a 2017 Foreign Policy article that claims Lindh fully intends to continue spreading his terrorist ideology after his release.
The senators also mentioned that 108 other convicted ISIS, al-Qaeda, or Taliban terrorists will soon be released from prison after completing their sentences over the next few years.
“Little information has been made available to the public about who, when, and where these offenders will be released, whether they pose an ongoing public threat, and what federal agencies are doing to mitigate this threat while the offenders are in federal custody,” the senators’ letter reads.
The letter also cited a report by the chief United States probation officer, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota’s Kevin Lowery, that suggests “that neither the Bureau of Prisons nor the Federal Judiciary’s Probation and Pretrial Services have sufficient nationwide programming to prevent incarcerated terrorist offenders from returning to violence upon completion of their sentences.”
The senators also cite a report from the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, and they posit that general sharing protocols among various federal agencies, courts, states, local law enforcement branches, and local service providers are “insufficient” and lack “nationwide institutionalization.” The report suggests there is no “coordinated federal approach to preventing convicted terrorists from returning to violence.”