U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the pending release on Thursday of John Walker Lindh, the American captured in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, and said he believed the decision needed to be reviewed.
"Notorious "American Taliban" John Philip Lindh, who was released from prison Thursday, has expressed support for ISIS, saying the terror group was "doing a spectacular job", according to a newly released letter".
"What is the current interagency policy, strategy, and process for ensuring that terrorist/extremist offenders successfully reintegrate into society?" asked US Senators Richard Shelby and Margaret Hassan in a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
On the eve of his release, USA television station KNBC said it had received letters from Lindh during his imprisonment in which he allegedly praised the Islamic State extremist group and called himself a political prisoner.
"I feel his early release is a slap in the face - not only to my father and my family, but for every person killed on September 11th, their families, the US military, USA intelligence services, families who have lost loved ones to this war and the millions of Muslims worldwide who don't support radical extremists", Spann wrote.
Spann's daughter Alison was only nine when her father became the first American to be killed in combat in Afghanistan.
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"In those moments, when he chose to stay silent, he sealed his fate as a traitor to the United States", Allison Spann said.
Lindh was 20 when he was arrested.
Lindh's release underscores the fact that, nearly two decades later, the US war against the Taliban continues.
He was 20 when he was caught and subsequently charged with conspiracy to murder American citizens and aiding and abetting al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
But a January 2017 report by the USA government's National Counterterroism Center, published by Foreign Policy magazine, said that as of May 2016, Lindh "continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts".
When he leaves lockup, Lindh, according to court records viewed by the Washington Post, will need permission to obtain Internet-connected devices, will not be allowed to talk online in any language but English and will be barred from having a passport, among other restrictions.