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Outrage is mounting on the eve of the release of American Taliban John Walker Lindh, who will walk free from federal prison on Thursday after serving 17 years.
'He shouldn't be on parole at all,' said Rep. Michael Waltz, a Florida Republican and former Green Beret who served in the War in Afghanistan, in an interview on Wednesday with Fox & Friends.
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'He should be in prison for life, he's a traitor,' Waltz said.
'We're calling on the Federal Bureau of Prisons to explain why he is being released early, and then we are calling on law enforcement authorities to be watching him extremely closely,' Waltz said. 'We need to keep a close eye on him.'
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Waltz is not alone in expressing outrage at the release of 38-year-old Lindh, who became known as 'Detainee 001' in the war on terror after 9/11.
In a letter this week to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, two senators asked how he would be contained, citing allegations that he continues to 'openly' support extremist violence.
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'We must consider the security and safety implications for our citizens and communities who will receive individuals like John Walker Lindh,' they said.
The quiet son of a middle-class couple living north of San Francisco, Lindh converted to Islam at age 16 after seeing the film 'Malcolm X', and traveled to Yemen in 1998 to study Arabic and the Quran.
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In November 2000, he went to Pakistan and from there made his way to Afghanistan.
He joined the Taliban and was with them on September 11, 2001, when al-Qaida terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
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The U.S. attacked Afghanistan after the country failed to turn over al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Lindh was captured in a battle with Northern Alliance fighters in late 2001. He was present when a group of Taliban...
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