The Water Cooler – American Taliban John Walker Lindh

May 23, 2019 12:00 pm · 48 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

John Walker Lindh, the Bay Area man who fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, was released today from a federal prison in Indiana.

Lindh, 38, was released after serving 17 years of his 20-year sentence for supplying services to the Taliban and carrying explosive devices — a rifle and two grenades — while doing so. The release after 17 years resulted from credit for good behavior.

QUESTION: Do you think John Walker Lindh’s citizenship should have been revoked since he was fighting with the enemy?

Talk about it.

DJ May 23, 2019 at 12:07 PM


Pony May 23, 2019 at 12:08 PM

Yes. He should also be deported to Afghanistan

chuckie the troll May 23, 2019 at 12:11 PM

His earthly citizenship and passport should have been revoked! Allowing confirmed terrorists to live free among us is insane.

Sign from Above May 23, 2019 at 12:16 PM

In war time, treason carries a penalty of death……..Just saying. We haven’t seen the last of him!

America May 23, 2019 at 12:16 PM

Without a doubt ! He is a traitor and does not deserve to be an American, he can go live with his friends in Afghanistan !

Up to Here May 23, 2019 at 12:16 PM

I agree with DJ

Sunshine May 23, 2019 at 12:22 PM

I read he applied for citizenship in Ireland after he’d been caught. He should just go there. I’m fairly certain he will not be welcomed in too many places here. Then again I’m always surprised at our ability to forget the bad things people do & how we let them loose to continue their mission.

Ricardoh May 23, 2019 at 12:27 PM

This traitor should have faced a firing squad. Who knows how many American deaths he caused? Pc madness strikes again.

Foonman May 23, 2019 at 4:44 PM

100% correct by my standards…..where’s the House UnAmerican activities committee? or do we still have one?

Dorothy May 23, 2019 at 12:28 PM

Yes. And register as a hostile combatant.

Hayden Barsotti May 23, 2019 at 12:29 PM

I believe people like this should be executed for treason. He should have never gotten out.

Simonpure May 23, 2019 at 12:29 PM

That’s a tough one. I did not agree with the light sentence to begin with. He did however complete the punishment we handed him so I guess not, but some are already calling for an investigation into his time in prison where he is said in two US government reports to have made pro-ISIS and other extremist statements that could send him back into detention.

Ben Backwireds May 23, 2019 at 12:31 PM

Yes, fighting for the enemy is treason.

the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.

Steven Powers May 23, 2019 at 12:37 PM

Yes without question

HappyPappy May 23, 2019 at 12:45 PM

Send him to GTMO for life.

Ricardoh May 23, 2019 at 12:58 PM

What good is revoking his citizenship. All that would do is let him start trouble somewhere else. He should have been shot.

dinkydau May 23, 2019 at 1:03 PM

I agree too. A traitor.

tired of taxes May 23, 2019 at 1:07 PM

Yes. HBO series titled “Homeland”

Barbosa May 23, 2019 at 3:08 PM

Actually its on Showtime. First season of that show was awesome!! Highly recommended.

tired of taxes May 23, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Thanks for the correction! I must still have GoT on the brain.

The Wizard May 23, 2019 at 1:10 PM

He should have got a bullet in the head.

ClayDen May 23, 2019 at 1:16 PM

Why is this even a question? He should be in prison for the rest of his life as the bare minimum for his actions.

Silva May 23, 2019 at 1:45 PM

I think we need to keep close track of him. I don’t really care who he belongs to. That’s probably much easier done right here, though.

Frank May 23, 2019 at 1:52 PM

Yes, he should have his citizenship revoked.

Dawg May 23, 2019 at 2:07 PM

He hates the United States and he hates Americans. Deportation would be the same as granting him absolute freedom to do as he wishes. Firing squad would have been a more appropriate punishment but since that wasn’t his sentence, keeping an eye on him and with all the restrictions they placed on him is better than setting him free in another country.

Dorie May 23, 2019 at 2:16 PM

I think he should put in front of a firing squad

The Fractionator May 23, 2019 at 2:27 PM

He should be convicted of treason against the U.S. and executed. One day we will hear about him after he kills numerous people when he plants a bomb or drives through a crowed. Doesn’t matter how many rules of who he can associate with, computer use or who watches him. These are unforceable and look at our record with radicals who were on the “watch list” and committed mass murders.

Sam malone May 23, 2019 at 2:57 PM

Traitor. Send him to where he can do no harm and give a taste of his own medicine. Anyone hear the Libs or Dems say anything about punishment or him and his lawyer father paying the system back for what he cost the counrty. I think not.

The Wizard May 23, 2019 at 3:02 PM

Hang him high and let the Vultures pick at his carcass.

DVC Student May 23, 2019 at 3:41 PM

No – It’s better to keep him here in America so we can monitor his movements & communications. If he’s deported, he will go right to the Middle East & ISIS will artificially inflate his status & make him a martyr.

I think he will violate his parole within the 3 years for secretly communicating with terrorists & he will be sent back to prison.

Be patient!

DVC Student May 23, 2019 at 4:12 PM

Here are the restrictions while he’s on parole:

– Monitoring software on his internet devices be installed
– His online communications be conducted in English
– Must undergo mental health counseling
– Forbidden from possessing or viewing extremist material
– Forbidden from holding a passport of any kind
– Forbidden from leaving the U.S.

S May 23, 2019 at 7:03 PM

those of his ilk are extremely patient. he got out early for good behavior, so don’t be surprised if he toes the line while on parole. then he will go about his business of jihad.

RANDOM TASK May 23, 2019 at 4:16 PM

your dem political standard agenda
every criminal illegal combatant terrorist is allowed to do as they please under the protection of dem politicians

when history reads back at the demise of America it will read
Clintons …obamas…Pelosi….kamala…and Loretta Lynch,

who used a fake name to cover up an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server. Who met with Clintons husband on a run way for a private conversation then recused herself of any actions accepting a FBI narrative hours before they even came to a conclusion

Job Description of an Attorney General. In the United States, the office of the attorney general acts as the chief legal officer for the state or territory, and one attorney general acts on behalf of the federal government. An attorney general advises his/her government’s top executive and >>>>represents the government in civil and criminal legal matters.<<<

history is never wrong and sees through scandal like a hot knife through

Me May 23, 2019 at 6:09 PM

You are So obsessed with Democrats. I’m going to guess they occupy 40% of your brain. Literally every post.

Barbosa May 23, 2019 at 9:00 PM

He hijacks every post to go on his rant. It’s people like him that give conservatives a bad rep.

Original G May 23, 2019 at 4:54 PM

He should stay in America, in years to come he may well look back upon his incarceration as the good years. According to to at least one political cartoonist his job prospects are bright.

Concord74 May 23, 2019 at 5:24 PM

I totally agree with Ricardoh and “Sign From Above” .

His lawyer father petition the Federal government to keep him close to home so they could visit him. CRAP!! What about all those soldiers and Americans killed by his cohorts??
Being ex-military, there is a Code of Conduct that you must abide. One of them is any treason action is subject to a firing squad or execution in the field.

As for the poster at time 12;51, WHY DON’T CRAWL BACK INTO YOUR SAND DUNE!??

ConcordMike May 23, 2019 at 7:03 PM

In the good old days, the CIA would have eliminated this problem before anyone ever heard about it.

Bad Nombre May 23, 2019 at 7:43 PM

Taliban (“students”) is the plural of Talib (“student”). One guy can’t be plural. Journalists who get this wrong should have their credentials revoked.

The fearless Spectator May 23, 2019 at 8:14 PM

All this because he had trouble meeting girls…….

Gittyup May 23, 2019 at 10:06 PM

He’s better off where they can keep an eye on him. He was terribly young when all this happened and may have been easily influenced. Has he changed is ways? They’ll be monitoring him to find out, no doubt.

Silva May 24, 2019 at 4:09 PM

He’s still an avowed jihadist.

From the NYT; “A 2017 report by the National Counterterrorism Center titled “U.S. Homegrown Violent Extremist Recidivism Likely” said without elaboration that as of May 2016 Mr. Lindh “continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts.”A 2017 Federal Bureau of Prisons intelligence assessment, which included a photograph of Mr. Lindh with a shaven head and a bushy brown beard, said he had earlier made supportive statements about the Islamic State. ‘“From all I’m hearing inside of government, he is still as radical as he went in,” said Seamus Hughes, who is the deputy director of George Washington University’s program on extremism.”

Michael May 24, 2019 at 6:12 AM

Yes. He will find a way to manipulate our 1st Amendment rights and continue spreading his beliefs.None of the restrictions I have seen will will keep him from buying a burner phone and continue to be a conduit of information. Bin Laden ran his entire network without ever having an internet connection.

The similarities to what he has done and what Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City Bomber) did are no different. McVeigh was executed for his crimes against the people and government of the United States. I still don’t understand how it was Lindh received such a light sentence.

RANDOM TASK May 24, 2019 at 7:58 AM

he should have been stripped of any rights in America and sent to Guantanamo for life

or maybe just gave him a fake Hawaii birth certificate and made him potus same results either way

Dennis May 24, 2019 at 9:20 AM

No doubt! He should have been executed by now.

East bay Native May 24, 2019 at 11:06 AM

This parasite should be behind bars in Leavenworth until his 90s.

FBR May 24, 2019 at 12:23 PM

The CIA needs to take one for the team and Sicario him.

Jim May 24, 2019 at 3:19 PM

Seriously? Please give an example….. that’s just ridiculous.

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