‘American Taliban’ Wants Prayer Group

    FILE - This Jan. 23, 2002 file photo provided by the Alexandria County Sheriff's Department in Alexandria, Va., shows John Walker Lindh. Lindh is expected to testify Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Indianapolis during the first day of the trial over prayer policies in a tightly restricted prison unit where he and other high-risk inmates have severely limited contact with the outside world. (AP Photo/Alexandria County Sheriff's Department, File)

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    The American who was allegedly captured fighting alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan has filed a lawsuit from his prison cell at a secret facility in Indiana seeking permission to hold group prayers. Lindh, who grew up in Northern California, remains a devout Muslim, and wants a change to the prison’s rules banning group prayers—a daily practice central to the Muslim faith. His lawyer, Ken Falk of the American Civil Liberties Union, says that the prohibition is a violation of the inmates’ rights—prison officials say it’s a measure necessary to cut down on violence between prisoners.

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