Lindh’s case gained notoriety in November 2001, just a few months after the historic 9/11 attacks. He became the first American to be arrested on Afghan soil for joining the ranks of a group that only a few months previously had declared jihad on his country of birth.
Several years earlier, as a teenager, inspired by Spike Lee’s film ‘Malcolm X’, Lindh had decided to leave his Catholic upbringing behind and embrace Islam. he travelled to Pakistan where came into contact with the Taliban.
Shortly after, he moved to Afghanistan, just a few months before the 9/11 attacks, and got to know its mastermind, Osama Bin Laden.
During his time behind bars, Lindh became an activist who fought quite successfully for the rights of Muslim prisoners. Among other achievements, he got the authorities to allow those who profess this religion to exercise their right to pray in a group. He also managed to put an end to the custom of strip searches to which those who visited prisoners were subjected.
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