American Taliban fighter fights prison prayer rule

By Charles Wilson

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Aug. 27 2012 4:55 p.m. MDT

Michael R. Smith, chief chaplain for the Bureau of Prisons, testified that officials decided group religious services must be supervised following a 2004 report by the Inspector General's Office on concerns about efforts to radicalize Muslim inmates after 9/11.

The lawsuit seeking to overturn the prison prayer rule was originally filed in 2009 by two Muslim inmates in the unit. Lindh joined the lawsuit in 2010, and the case has drawn far more attention since then. The other plaintiffs have dropped out as they were released from prison or transferred to other units.

Lindh was originally charged with conspiring to kill Americans and support terrorists, but those charges were dropped in a plea agreement. He is eligible for release in 2019.

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