John Walker Lindh’s early release is ‘absolutely outrageous’ because he is ‘a traitor,’ lawmaker says

Posted by $ mminnick 1 year, 9 months ago to News
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Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., made the comments on "Fox & Friends" a day before John Walker Lindh is expected to emerge from a federal prison in Indiana. Waltz, who also served as a counterterrorism adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, says “it’s bad enough that [Lindh] was only given 20 years” after being found guilty of joining and supporting the Taliban.
“He shouldn’t be on parole at all,” Waltz told ‘Fox & Friends’. “He should be in prison for life, he’s a traitor.”
Lindh, who is currently behind bars in Terre Haute, Indiana, is set to be discharged Thursday, several years before he would complete the prescribed 20-year prison sentence. The former Islamist fighter and enemy combatant, named “Detainee 001 in the war on terror,” was arrested in 2001, just months after the Sept. 11 attacks and the start of the war in Afghanistan, along with a group of Taliban fighters who were captured by U.S. forces.

Lindh should not be allowed out now or in the furture. He is a committed terrorist and wishes nothing but harm to American citizens anywhere and any time.

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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 1 year, 9 months ago
    It seems wrong to jail him even for that long. My understanding is he never hurt anyone directly. He joined the Taliban, after the US was at war with it, but for years before the US supported the Taliban with payments for the Taliban. The invasion happened b/c the Taliban wouldn't turn over suspects wanted in the 9/11 attacks. I suspect US may have been able to get the Taliban to turn over the suspects if they had assurances the suspects would receive a fair trial. But US wanted a war and was playing right into the criminals' hands, aggrandizing them as if they were a country.

    Given all that, I don't understand what he did that was worse than anyone who joins a criminal gang, such as a group of bank robbers, and never directly hurts anyone. That's a serious crime, but it plays into the criminals' hands to aggrandize it as being equivalent to directly perpetrating mass murder.
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    • Posted by $ 1 year, 9 months ago
      Joining the Taliban after we are at war with it is the very definition of Treason. It gives aid and comfort to the enemy.
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      • Posted by CircuitGuy 1 year, 9 months ago
        If he joined the Taliban after hostilities started, then you're completely correct. But I have an unusual view of the nation state. I see it as a relic. I'm a US citizen, but I see myself also as a citizen of the Enlightenment, reason, and pluralism. I see the Taliban as the opposite of that. I also think my way is so much better, someone who wants to join the Taliban as either mentally ill or a criminal wanting to join a gang of criminals for protection.

        I think you're right, though, given the world and law as it actually is rather than my unusual notions about it.
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