The ‘American Taliban’ will be free after 17 years. Is the U.S. ready to welcome him back?

Joshua Dratel, a lawyer who has defended suspected and convicted terrorists, told The Post that Shelby and Hassan were overreacting to Lindh’s early release. He called their letter “a solution in search of a problem” and likened it to fearmongering.

“Beyond John Walker Lindh, anyone whose offense involved actual violence is not getting out soon,” Dratel said. “In a certain sense, saying, ‘Dangerous terrorists are going to be out there’ is not true. These people were sentenced accordingly by judges.”

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Karen Greenberg