DNI Report on Guantanamo Detainees Who Returned to Terrorism
Here's the summary of the new report of the Director of National Intelligence on the number of detainees released from Guantanamo who returned to terrorist associations and activities.
Since President Obama took office:
[O]f the 66 former Guantanamo detainees transferred since President Obama took office, “2 are confirmed and 3 are suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities.”
Under former President Bush: [More...]
The Bush administration freed many more so-called recidivists, the report stated, having transferred 79 confirmed and 66 suspected of subsequently “reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer.”
It's interesting the DNI released only the summary of the report. Maybe because the 2009 report claiming a similar high rate was thoroughly debunked by several organizations. Here's one example. Here's another.
There's good reason to be skeptical of the report.
[T]he government has previously included detainees "writing anti-U.S. books or articles, or making anti-U.S. propaganda statements" on lists of "recidivists." But any time the government is asserting numbers in matters relating to Gitmo "recidivism," that can't be independently checked, there's reason to be skeptical.
Even the use of the word "recidivist" shows bias, considering most of the detainees were never convicted of committing a crime in the first place, so it's more than a bit of a stretch to describe them as returning to crime.
I'll wait to read what Seton Hall's Mark Denbeaux, the ACLU and the CCR have to say before commenting further. Right now the lack of transparency (by releasing only the summary and not the report), the failure to provide names, and the inability to check their figures, renders the report meaningful only to those who want to use it as support for their indefensible agenda of keeping all terrorist suspects in indefinite detention for life. Where did all these Henny Pennys come from?
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