John Walker Lindh, the captured Islamic militant who traveled to Afghanistan at age 20 to join the Taliban and fought alongside the terrorists in the days after 9/11, was released from a U.S. federal prison in Indiana on Thursday, his lawyer confirmed.
He was released after lawmakers’ expressed concerns about the “security and safety implications” of freeing an unrepentant terrorist who officials say continues to “openly call for extremist violence.”
Lindh had been serving his sentence at the Terre Haute, Indiana facility. He was discharged several years before completing the 20-year prison sentence he received for joining and supporting the Taliban. He was released for “good behavior.”
Lindh will have heavy restrictions placed on him. Some lawmakers, however, question whether the safeguards are strict enough.