‘Detainee 001’ and the strange story of the American Taliban, John Walker Lindh

Political Theater, Episode 217

This combination of pictures of John Walker Lindh shows, at left, a police file photo of him made available Feb. 6, 2002, and a Feb. 11, 2002, photo of him as seen from the records of a madrassa in Bannu, Pakistan. (Tariq Mahmood/AFP via Getty Images file photos)
This combination of pictures of John Walker Lindh shows, at left, a police file photo of him made available Feb. 6, 2002, and a Feb. 11, 2002, photo of him as seen from the records of a madrassa in Bannu, Pakistan. (Tariq Mahmood/AFP via Getty Images file photos)
Jason Dick
Posted September 8, 2021 at 8:00am

Filmmaker Greg Barker’s new documentary, “Detainee 001,” comes at a turning point in U.S history, and its timing could not be more ideal. The story of John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban,” makes for a poignant narrative as the United States stands on the cusp of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and has ended its war in Afghanistan.

Barker discusses his film on this week’s episode of the Political Theater podcast.

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