President Donald Trump destroyed the release of & # 39; American Taliban & # 39; John Walker Lindh – revealing he tried to prevent it, but promised to stay watch & # 39; watch & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I don't like it at all. This was a judge who gave a 17 or 20 year sentence and he was given some free time, & # 39; Trump said when a reporter asked him about the release of the Lindh during a Thursday at the White House.
Trump then revealed that he was consulting government officials about trying to reverse the situation, but was told that there is nothing that we are allowed to do.
Gel Believe it or not, about two weeks ago I went to the best lawyers in our country who work for the government, I said what can we do about this? Because I heard this two weeks ago, & # 39; Trump said.
He then referred to a beautiful & # 39; beautiful & # 39; letter he received from the daughter of Johnny & # 39; Mike & # 39; Spann, who was killed during an uprising in Afghanistan that Lindh did not warn against.
President Donald Trump said he has asked a government lawyer to keep John Walker Lindh in prison, but was told that there is nothing we can do & # 39;
& # 39; I received a nice letter from the daughter of the first man who, according to them, was killed in the CIA in Afghanistan. And I went and checked, & Trump continued.
& # 39; And he said from a legal point of view that there is nothing we can do, & # 39; said Trump about the unidentified lawyer. & # 39; Because if that were the case, I would have done it immediately & # 39; said Trump, who is currently fighting with Congress over multiple subpoena battles over Congress supervision.
The Trump has vowed on Lindh: & # 39; but we will keep an eye on him. We keep a close eye on him. & # 39;
& # 39; What bothers me most is that here is a man who has not given up his proclamation of terror. And we have to let him out. Am I happy with it? Not even a little bit. The lawyers went through it with a fine-toothed comb. If there was a way to break that, I would have broken it in two seconds. I knew it very well, & Trump decided.
Trump spoke after the family of Spann, a CIA officer who was killed in an attack in Afghanistan following the interrogation of & # 39; American Taliban & # 39; John Walker Lindh described his release from prison as a slap in the face.
Lindh, 38, was released from the FCI Terre Haute prison in Indiana on Thursday after serving 17 years of his 20-year sentence after being ordered to provide support to the Taliban.
He was captured by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in November 2001 and could not warn American troops of a planned uprising in the Qala-i-Jangi prison in Balkh, where he was being held.
CIA agent Johnny & # 39; Mike & # 39; Spann was killed during the uprising and Lindh was wounded. Spann was the first American to be killed in the Afghan war.
Spann, a three-year-old father from Alabama, had interrogated Lindh a few hours earlier, but the convicted terrorist chose not to warn him about the plans of the Taliban prisoners.
The family of CIA officer Johnny & # 39; Mike & # 39; Spann (left) who died in an attack in Afghanistan after he & # 39; American Taliban & # 39; John Walker Lindh (right) questioned, says his release from prison is a slap in the face
The CIA agent's family has fiercely opposed Lindh & # 39; s early release and his daughter Alison – who was nine when her father was murdered – said releasing Lindh was a slap in the face for her family.
& # 39; He is released early because of his good behavior in prison. For my family, terrorism is not the same as good behavior, & she said ABC news before his release.
In a letter to President Trump, Alison insisted on stopping Lindh & # 39; s early release.
& # 39; While my family is currently facing a life sentence, forever changed by the death of Mike Spann, John Walker Lindh was only sentenced to twenty years – a term that is now being shortened & she said.
& # 39; Lindh will not serve his full sentence and will be released in May 2019; the same month 27 years ago that Mike gave birth to a daughter he would never see grow up.
& # 39; I feel his early release is a slap in the face – not just for my father and my family, but for every person killed on September 11, his family, the US Army, intelligent services in the US, families who have lost loved ones to this war and the millions of Muslims worldwide who do not support radical extremists.
& # 39; Lindh was training with Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan while the September 11 attacks were scheduled, and he fought with them after the attacks were carried out.
& # 39; He is a traitor and should not be released. The American al-Qaeda hunter must be made to serve his full punishment – one that pales in comparison to those who have had to pay so many families in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism. & # 39;
Spann's daughter Alison and father Johnny are fiercely opposed to Lindh & # 39; s early release and wrote to President Trump urging him to intervene
Lindh ran out of mid-sized secure federal prison just after midnight local time and was met by his mother Marilyn Walker
Spann & # 39; s family – widow Shannon, daughters Emily and Alison and son Jake – are pictured visiting his grave at Arlington National Cemetery
Meanwhile, Spann & # 39; s father Johnny Spann urged President Trump to intervene in an interview with ABC News.
& # 39; Do not disconnect him if there are any messages here that he is not the model prisoner you say he is, & # 39; said the older Spann.
Spann & # 39; s father referred to reports, including a 2017 study by the Foreign Policy magazine and documents compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center, which stated that from May 2016, Lindh & # 39; continued to advocate global jihad & # 39 ;
The documents also claimed that Lindh said he would continue to spread violent extremist Islam on his release & # 39; and praised the activities of the Islamic State.
Lindh is one of the dozens of prisoners to be released in the coming years after being imprisoned in Iraq and Afghanistan and convicted of terrorism-related crimes following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
His release raised objections from elected officials who asked why Lindh was released early and what training parool officers should detect radicalization and recidivism among former jihadists.
Lindh was imprisoned with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2001 and could not warn American troops of a planned uprising in the Qala-i-Jangi prison where he was being held. Lindh is pictured in an army base hospital after the uprising that injured him
Lindh is believed to have been released from the medium-sized security federal prison FCI Terre Haute in Indiana (above) just after midnight local time on Thursday
Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday morning that Lindh & # 39; is still threatening the United States of America, still committed to the Jihad he hired and who killed a great American and a great CIA officer.
& # 39; There is something deeply disturbing and wrong about it. & # 39;
Senators Richard Shelby and Margaret Hassan sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons last week to question the decision to release him and to ask what strategies have been put in place to prevent him from further damage.
& # 39; What is the current policy, strategy and process of interagency to ensure that terrorist / extremist offenders successfully reintegrate into society? & # 39; they asked.
On Wednesday, Florida Republican delegate Michael Waltz, a former Green Beret who served in Afghanistan, described him as a & # 39; traitor & # 39; and said he had to be in jail for the rest of his life & # 39 ;.
Waltz added: “We call on the Federal Office of Prisons to explain why he is being released early, and then we call on law enforcement authorities to follow him very closely.
& # 39; We must keep a close eye on him. & # 39;
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