Newly Released Prisoner Known as the ‘American Taliban’ Is Focus of TV Project

May 23, 2019  •  Post A Comment

On the same day that the California man known as the “American Taliban” was released from prison, Showtime announced the production “Detainee 001,” chronicling the case of John Walker Lindh.

Lindh, who was released today after 17 years in prison, continues to adhere to his extremist views, according to media reports. After being convicted of providing support to the Taliban, he was reportedly released three years early for good behavior.

The showtime documentary comes from Emmy-winning director Greg Barker and Oscar-winning producer John Battsek.

“The film, which has been in production since 2017, gives the definitive account of Lindh’s story with never-before-revealed details from his legal case and unpacks challenging truths and shifting allegiances behind one of the most compelling and unresolved mysteries of the post-9/11 age,” Showtime says in the announcement. “Lindh’s case set a precedent for how Americans caught up in the War on Terror were prosecuted, and the film examines how American military and justice systems have grappled with the two decades since his detention.”

Click here for more in Showtime’s full announcement.

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