John Walker Lindh Biography
John Philip Walker Lindh (born February 9, 1981) is an American citizen. He was captured during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in November 2001 as an enemy combatant. He got arrested and detained in the fortress of Qala-i-Jangi, used as a prison.
Walker took part in the Qala-i-Jangi Battle, a violent Taliban uprising in which all but 86 of the estimated 300–500 inmates were imprisoned. All but 86 of the estimated 300–500 inmates and CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann were killed.John Walker Lindh
John Walker Lindh Early life
Lindh was born to Marilyn Walker and Frank R. Lindh in Washington, D.C [USA]. He is the middle of three children in the family. He was named “John” after John Lennon, who was killed two months before Lindh’s birth. John was baptized a Catholic and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. His family moved to San Anselmo, California when he was 10 years old.
Walker Lindh got baptized as a Catholic and grew up in Maryland’s Silver Spring. His family moved to San Anselmo, California, at the age of 10. As a child, he had an intestinal disorder. His health improved at 14 years of age. He was a freshman at Redwood High School. He studied world culture while there, including Sunni Islam and the Middle East. He then transferred to Tamiscal High School in the Tamalpais Union High School District.
Lindh dropped out of school and eventually earned a high school diploma by passing the California High School Proficiency Exam at age 16. As an adolescent, Lindh was involved with the IRC nickname Mujahid in IRC chat rooms. He became a dedicated hip-hop fan also engaged in extensive discussions about Usenet newsgroups. He sometimes pretended to be an African American rapper. Then would criticize others for “acting black.”
He was deeply impressed by Spike Lee’s film Malcolm X, which sparked his interest in Islam. At the age of 16, Lindh formally converted to Islam in 1997. He started to attend mosques in Mill Valley on a regular basis in nearby San Francisco. In 1998, Lindh traveled to Yemen and stayed in for about 10 months to learn Arabic.
He returned to the U.S. in 1999, living for about eight months with his family. In February 2000, Lindh returned to Yemen and left for Pakistan for a madrassa study. Lindh exchanged numerous emails with his family while abroad.
In one, his father told him about the USS Cole bombing, to which Lindh replied that the American naval destroyers in the Yemen harbor had been an act of war and that the bombing was justified. “This has raised my concerns,” his father told Newsweek.
“At the age of 20, Walker decided to travel to Afghanistan to fight against Northern Alliance fighters for the Afghan Taliban government forces. His parents said he was moved by stories of atrocities allegedly committed against civilians by the Northern Alliance army.
John Walker Lindh Family
The name of the mother is Marilyn and the father is Frank Lindh Walker. His parents were not divorced until 1999, but their marriage was in serious trouble throughout the teenage years of Lindh. His father often left his Marin residence to live with a male lover in San Francisco for extended periods.
Frank Lindh said that since 1997 he and Marilyn had actually been separated. He has two siblings namely: Naomi and Connel Lindh
John Walker Lindh Case
Walker Lindh was sentenced in 2002 for 20 years in prison. This was a result of pleading guilty of supporting the Taliban. The brutal Islamist group that harbored al-Qaeda in Afghanistan during the 9/11 attack planning.
His and capture that of the Afghan Northern Alliance forces on 25 November 2001 made him an international obsession. Owing to the surrender of his foreign fighters unit in Kunduz and the retreat from Takar. A year later, he told a federal judge he never backed terrorism and regretted joining the Taliban.
John even called the 9/11 attacks against Islam by Osama bin Laden on New York City and Washington. Lindh pleaded guilty to only two charges of a felony: to help the Afghan group and to carry a rifle and grenade. Philip was sentenced to 20 years, in Terre Haute, Indiana, a high-security federal prison.
Lindh was released from prison on May 23 before the end of his sentence of 20 years. Owing to his reform and good behavior. He had to accept several requirements for probation. Because of his continued support for Islamist ideology, it is possible that he could potentially plot to harm Americans or others by joining a terrorist organization or launching his own attacks.
That possibility led, among other reasons, the slain daughter of the CIA operative; to ask President Donald Trump not to let Lindh go.“Releasing him into our public is a danger to everybody,” Alison Spann told CBS News. She and members of her family continue to push for Lindh’s further punishment.
Neither the legal team ofWalker nor his family would say what he plans to do once he is out of jail. James Gordon Meek of ABC News reports that the former convict will initially live outside Washington, DC in the Eastern District of Virginia. What’s certain, though, is that many, including the U.S. government, will keep a close eye on him wherever he goes.
John Walker Lindh Release Date
He was released on May 23rd, 2019. Walker served a jail term of 17 years, only three years prior to completing his full sentence.
John Walker Lindh Documentary
The two-year-in-production” Detainee 001″, director Greg Barker’s account of John Lindh’s case, was announced by Showtime Documentary Films; following his release from prison this year. “Barker’s film confronts the unresolved issues at the heart of Lindh’s case from the battlefield to the courtroom, including his role in the uprising that led to the first Afghan war casualty, CIA officer Johnny Micheal Spann.
“Showtime said. “Even after nearly 20 years, clarity on justice remains elusive, leaving a nagging open sore in the heart of the American soul.”From the battlefield to the courtroom, Barker’s film confronts the unresolved issues at the heart of Walker’s case, including his role in the uprising that led to the first casualty of the war in Afghanistan, CIA officer Johnny Micheal Spann.
The film has been in production since 2017. It is being trumped as a definitive account of John’s story by the premium cable channel. With unrevealed details of his legal case. Showtime promises that the film “unpacks challenging truths and shifting allegiances behind one of the most compelling and unresolved post-9/11 age mysteries.”
Barker said in a statement, “Since my first trip to Afghanistan back in 2002, I have been intrigued by the story of John Lindh, as it has all the hallmarks of a great high-stakes drama. Played on the battlefield and in the courtroom. Now, from the point of view of time, it’s clear that this is one of those original stories that came to define an era and still resonates today.
He continued: “The rush of headlines surrounding the release of Lindh from federal prison early this morning is reminiscent of the intense news coverage of his capture back in 2001.” The director expressed gratitude to Showtime for putting his film back into production in 2017.
Vinnie Malhotra, Exec VP of Showtime Networks also stated: “Detainee 001 said, will be especially important in advancing the discussion of fundamental assumptions. In America’s politics, ideology, terrorism, and justice.” Passion Pictures produces Detainee 001 for Showtime. Managing director Barker, John Battsek and Tresha Mobile are among the producers.
John Walker Lindh Today
Since his release from prison, it was reported that the former convict will be residing in the eastern district of Virginia, outside Washington DC. Though to date very little is known about his whereabouts but we will soon update the information.