Former Taliban militant John Walker Lindh is set to be released from prison in just over a month, even though he’s reportedly still an advocate for global jihad.
Lindh, a California native, was captured as a 20-year-old by U.S. forces in 2001 just months after the 9/11 terrorist attack. He was convicted in 2002 for supporting the terrorist organization and sentenced to 20 years in prison, Fox News reported.
There were calls at the time to charge him with treason, which could have resulted in the death penalty, according to Fox News.
A CIA officer was killed on November 25, 2001, in an uprising of Taliban prisoners in which Lindh reportedly took part in just after being captured.
The former Islamist fighter is being held at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana and is scheduled to be released in May after spending 17 years behind bars.
And there appears to have been no rehabilitation of his radical views.
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The National Counterterrorism Center penned a document dated Jan. 24, 2017 claiming the former Taliban fighter remains as radicalized now as he was in 2001.
As of May 2016, John Walker Lindh (USPER) — who is scheduled to be released in May 2019 after being convicted of supporting the Taliban — continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts,” the Foreign Policy magazine reported.
The report added Walker Lindh told “a television news producer that he would continue to spread violent extremist Islam upon his release.”
If there is a silver lining for the U.S., the former jihadist is looking to move across the pond to Ireland, having acquired Irish citizenship.
“I don’t really know what to expect from the Irish government,” he told London-based CAGE, an apologist organization for extremism and terrorism.
“I know virtually nothing about them,” Lindh continued. “I think the only reasonable way to present my case to them is to explain my unique circumstances that make my survival in the US practically impossible.”
Saying he is seeking asylum in a country where he’s also a citizen, Lindh said, “The worst they can do is decline my request. I figure it is worth at least trying.”
But it doesn’t appear that Ireland will reject him, according to the London Times.
“Irish citizens are not subject to immigration control,” an Ireland Department of Justice spokesperson told the paper. “Therefore, if a person has Irish citizenship and presents their Irish passport on arrival, they will not be refused entry to the state.”
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