He should have been charged with treason, since treason is quite obviously what he was engaged in. He was fighting for the Taliban against American troops. But instead, he will be out in two years, with his “cautious support” for ISIS, and will then no doubt he hailed as a hero by the Leftist intelligentsia, and will likely become a key figure of the “Islamophobia” victimhood network.
In October 2001, nearly a month after the 9/11 attacks, the US invaded Afghanistan. The Americans were surprised to discover a 19-year-old countryman fighting for the Taliban
Dubbed the ‘American Taliban’, the bearded teen John Walker Lindh became ‘Detainee 001’ in America’s war on terror. In October 2016, The New York Times carried an op-ed by Paul Theroux urging the then US president Obama to commute his sentence on compassionate grounds. In an earlier op-ed in the same paper, Lindh’s father compared his son’s actions to Ernest Hemingway’s during the Spanish Civil War…
He later moved to Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban’s vision of sharia before being caught in Kunduz. Lindh, Georgelas and the Islamic State Has Yahya Lindh, as he calls himself now, repented? Graeme Wood, who has spoken to Lindh, writes he has “spent his sentence studying Islam”.
Lindh has expressed cautious support for the IS. “More than a decade in prison appeared to have the same effect on Lindh that 34 months in jail were to have on (US-born IS leader) John Georgelas: not a softening of jihadism but a confirmation of it,” writes Wood in The Way of the Strangers
Most sentences for terror-related cases involving US citizens in the post-9/11 era “are ripening into release just now,” the Foreign Policy magazine’s website quotes a lawyer as saying. “Now it will be up to President Trump to decide one of the trickiest legacies of the war on terrorism: how to treat homegrown terrorists after they’ve served their time,” it adds.