Lindh’s early release angers world, state, local leaders

This image made from television footage made in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, Saturday Dec.1, 2001, shows John Walker Lindh at right, claiming to be an American Taliban volunteer calling himself Abdul Hamid. Lindh was among survivors of the fortress prison revolt driven from tunnels there flooded by the northern alliance. Man at left is unidentified. (AP Photo/APTN)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Much to the dismay of world, state and local leaders, John Walker Lindh, dubbed the American Taliban, was granted an early release from federal prison on Thursday, May 23, after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the release on Fox News Thursday, calling it "unexplainable and unconscionable.”
Senior United States Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama sent a letter to the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Monday, May 20, concerned that federal officials may not be prepared to keep Americans safe from Lindh and other terrorist offenders who are soon to be released.
“It's unacceptable that convicted American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh is scheduled to be released early from federal custody Thursday,” Shelby tweeted Monday. “Our highest priority is keeping America safe, secure, & free.”



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