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Taliban jihadist freed early on good behavior, Pompeo calls it a threat to America

Taliban jihadist freed early on good behavior, Pompeo calls it a threat to America

MAY 25, 2019 10:13 AM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS49 COMMENTS

American Taliban Fighter John Walker Lindh will be set free after 17 years in jail. His early release for ‘good behavior’ shows just how ill equipped authorities are in protecting the public from jihadists. Lindh does not believe he did anything wrong. He says “we are in prison due to our beliefs and the practice of our religion, not for committing any crime”. He sees himself as a devoted religious adherent who was wronged, not the fact that he was a Taliban jihadist. If a dangerous Western offender justified his actions and indicated a high probability of re-offending, he or she will likely not be released.  Lindh has also stated that the Islamic State was “‘doing a spectacular job‘ after the Islamic group beheaded U.S. journalists.” That included James Foley.

Lindh has given every indication that he is a threat to public safety, but he is still being released into an American community. From there, he will find like-minded jihadists and continue to expand his jihad mission as an enemy of America. In a Reuters report  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized Lindh’s release and expressed the belief that the decision should be reviewed. Pompeo called the decision to release him  “Unexplainable and unconscionable, and warned that Lindh “still is threatening the United states of America, still committed to the very jihad that he engaged in that killed a great American and a great CIA officer. There’s something deeply troubling and wrong about it.”

More “war on terror” jail releases are soon to come.

“Revealed: John Walker Lindh said in 2015 ISIS was ‘doing a spectacular job’ after it beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley as outrage grows over American Taliban’s release from prison on Thursday”, by Ariel Zilber and Keith Griffith,  Daily Mail, May 22, 2019:

John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban who is set to go free on Thursday after spending 17 years in prison, said in 2015 that ISIS was ‘doing a spectacular job’ after the Islamic group beheaded U.S. journalists.

Lindh expressed support for ISIS in a series of letters he wrote from prison to a producer at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.

Lindh, who is originally from Marin County, California, was asked about his reaction to ISIS beheadings of Americans, including journalist James Foley.

‘We are in prison due to our beliefs and the practice of our religion, not for committing any crime,’ Lindh wrote from the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, in a March 2014 letter.

On August 19, 2014, ISIS circulated a video online showing the moments before the beheading of Foley, who was in Syria covering the civil war for Agence France-Presse and GlobalPost.

Lindh, the U.S. national who joined the Taliban and was captured by American forces during the invasion of Afghanistan in November 2001, was asked his response to the beheadings of Foley and others and whether ISIS represented Islam.

‘Yes, and they are doing a spectacular job,’ he wrote in February 2015.

‘The Islamic State is clearly very sincere and serious about fulfilling the long-neglected religious obligation of establishing a caliphate through armed struggle, which is the only correct method.’

Lindh’s letters to KNBC-TV have national security officials worried that after his release from prison, he will pose a threat.

In 2016, the National Counter Terrorism Center prepared a memo which found that Lindh ‘continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts.’

Government officials have read similar reports about Lindh in recent weeks, according to NBC News.

Outrage is mounting on the eve of Lindh’s release.

Foley’s mother appeared on Fox News on Thursday and said she does not believe a man who supported her son’s killers should walk free…..

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