Alison Spann was only 9 years old when she told the devastating news that her hero father had become the first American killed in the war in Afghanistan. What she found out 13 years later about the man reportedly behind the death of her father, a U.S. Marine and CIA operative, left her in “shock.”
The man who is reportedly responsible for Johnny Michael “Mike” Spann’s death is Mullah Mohammad Fazi. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he is one of the five Taliban commanders that President Barack Obama recently released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“My initial reaction was shock. I was shocked that our president would release five of the most high-risk prisoners being held in Guantanamo in exchange for one American,” Spann told FoxNews.com. “As a whole, my family was extremely upset and saddened that our government would do something like this, especially in light of the fact that it seems that people in the intelligence community are fairly united in their belief that these terrorists are likely to seek to further harm Americans in the future.”
Mike Spann was killed during a prisoner uprising at a compound in northern Afghanistan on Nov. 25, 2001. Mullah Mohammad Fazi was the “unquestioned leader of the prisoners at the compound,” according to FoxNews.com.
Spann said it’s “become harder and harder to have faith in an administration that is plagued with scandal after scandal.” She also dismissed claims that the released Taliban commanders may not return to the battlefield.
“You cannot release someone of such a high caliber within the Taliban community and expect him to suddenly emerge as a peaceful being. I would think now more than ever after being detained in Gitmo that he would seek revenge on America,” she said.
While she’s not willing to make a judgement on Bergdahl yet, Spann said she does not agree with the POW swap and argued that the “implications from this decision will be seen in the near future.”