July 23, 2009
John Walker Lindh
Captured in Afghanistan in 2001, the California native was charged with conspiring to kill Americans and aiding terrorists. He pleaded guilty in 2002 to lesser offenses and is serving a 20-year sentence at a prison in Indiana.
Arrested in 2002 and initially accused of plotting with Al Qaeda to detonate a “dirty bomb,” he was held for years as an “enemy combatant.” Padilla, of Chicago, was convicted in 2007 of terrorism support charges. He’s now serving a 17-year sentence at the federal Supermax prison in Colorado.
Born in California, he has appeared in Al Qaeda videos as a propagandist. Indicted on a charge of providing material support to terrorists, he’s been sought since 2004 by the FBI, which offered a $1-million reward for his capture.
Source: Times research
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