The daughter of the first American in the war on terror is calling for President Donald Trump to halt the release of “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh.
Alison Spann, a broadcast reporter, is speaking out after Lindh’s release date was moved to May 23, 2019, two years before the original date. According to Spann, Lindh was complicit in her father Mike Spann’s murder at the hands of prisoners in an Afghanistan prison shortly after 9/11.
Spann claimed that she was shocked by the news due to recent reports claiming that Lindh still holds his radical beliefs.
“I’ve spent 18 years without my dad. It never crossed my mind that the United States would let someone like this out early,” Spann said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “Lindh is a traitor, and I think his early release is a slap in the face.”
In a letter to President Donald Trump, Spann pointed out that her family is left with permanent scars, while Lindh will be able to walk free.
“While my family is currently serving a life sentence, forever changed by the death of Mike Spann, John Walker Lindh was only sentenced to twenty years — a term now cut short. Lindh will not serve his entire sentence and will be released in May 2019; the same month 27 years ago that Mike brought a daughter into the world that he would never see grow up.”
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I wrote this letter to @POTUS asking that the early release of John Walker Lindh be stopped. He’s going to be released on May 23, despite reports that he has continued to “advocate for global jihad.” This is not a reformed prisoner… pic.twitter.com/HVOryefVIE
— Alison Spann (@newsgirlalison) May 21, 2019
She also spoke on the difference her father made on the world, saying that he left a great legacy.
“Because Mike Spann made a positive impact on the world, both here in the United States and abroad. He is loved and remembered by two communities — his brothers in Afghanistan and his friends, family, and brothers here in the United States. He’s admired and respected not because of the way he died, but because of the way he lived his life.”
Spann sent the letter to members of Congress and President Trump as an attempt to gain attention about the release.
“Please do not let his sacrifice be in vain,” said Spann.
While she requested in the letter for no leniency on Lindh and for him to serve his full sentence, it is uncertain whether any action will be taken to prevent his release.