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1 In 7 Freed Detainees Back At Terrorism

From a suddenly concerned New York Times:

Released detainee Said Ali al-Shihri is now an al-Qaida commander in Yemen.

1 in 7 Detainees Freed Returns to Terrorism, Pentagon Says

By ELISABETH BUMILLER

May 21, 2009

WASHINGTON — An unreleased Pentagon report provides new details concluding that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has returned to terrorism or militant activity, according to administration officials.

The conclusion could strengthen the arguments of critics who have warned against releasing any more prisoners as part of President Obama’s plan to shut down the prison by January 2010. Past Pentagon reports on Guantánamo recidivism, however, have been met with skepticism from civil liberties groups and criticized for their lack of detail.

The Pentagon promised in January that the latest report would be released soon, but Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said this week that the findings were still “under review.”

Two administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said the report was being held up by Defense Department employees fearful of upsetting the White House, at a time when even Congressional Democrats have begun to show misgivings over Mr. Obama’s plan to close Guantánamo

A Defense Department official said there was little will inside the Pentagon to release the report because it had become politically radioactive under Mr. Obama.

“If we hold it, then everybody claims it’s political and you’re protecting the Obama administration,” said the official, who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. “And if we let it go, then everybody says you’re undermining Obama.”

On Thursday, Michele A. Flournoy, the under secretary of defense for policy, reminded reporters that many of these now expressing reservations about the transfer of prisoners from Guantánamo had also called for the closing it.

“I think that there will be some that need to end up in the United States,” she said.

Among the 74 former prisoners that the report says are again engaged in terrorism, 29 have been identified by name by the Pentagon, including 16 named for the first time in the report. The Pentagon has said that the remaining 45 could not be named because of national security and intelligence-gathering concerns…

“It’s part of a campaign to win the hearts and minds of history for Guantánamo,” said Mark P. Denbeaux, a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law who has represented Guantánamo detainees and co-written three studies highly critical of the Pentagon’s previous recidivism reports. “They want to be able to claim there really were bad people there.”

Mr. Denbeaux acknowledged that some of the named detainees had engaged in verifiable terrorist acts since their release, but he said his research showed that their numbers were small. “We’ve never said there weren’t some people who would return to the fight,” Mr. Denbeaux said. “It seems to be unavoidable. Nothing is perfect.”

Terrorism experts said that a 14 percent recidivism rate was far lower than the rate for prisoners in the United States, which, they said, can run as high as 68 percent three years after release. The experts also said that while Americans might have a lower level of tolerance for recidivism among Guantánamo detainees, there was no evidence that any of those released had engaged in elaborate operations like the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks

Isn’t it funny how we seldom heard such reports before?

Of course it wasn’t that the Pentagon hasn’t been saying this for years.

But when Mr. Bush was President our watchdog media never bothered to report what the Pentagon said.

But now that they need to justify Mr. Obama’s change of view, they can’t mention these things enough.

(Thanks to Melissa for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “1 In 7 Freed Detainees Back At Terrorism”

  1. canary

    Which civil liberties groups have never heard a percentage of criminals always return to crime, many committing worse crimes.
    Guess that finger pointing thing is a muslim trait.

    • Liberals Demise

      That finger, my friend, is called a booger picker………..um…er….. NYT fact finder!

    • Liberals Demise

      I forgot to add …………………..
      ……………… toilet paper!!

  2. Dangerous

    It’s good to see that the MSM is already paving the way to make up with Harry Reid after his public punishment for holding back the funding to close the place. I hate to see lovers quarrel.

  3. proreason

    “about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has returned to terrorism or militant activity”

    What did they do, take a poll?

    So the others returned to being barbers and cab drivers I suppose.

    Or maybe they have gone back to hanging-out around battlefields collecting the shrapnel for re-cycling.

    • heykev

      ” they have gone back to hanging-out around battlefields collecting the shrapnel for re-cycling.”

      Too Funny Pro, almost fell out of my chair I laughed so hard. But it’s nice we have eco-friendly wannabe terrorists.

      I believe the remaining 6 just haven’t been caught . . yet.

  4. Fuzzlenutter

    Yes, the official US policy from now on should be dictated by a killer song on Megadeth’s Rust in Peace album…

    “Take No Prisoners, (Take No Sh*t!)

  5. To parlor room liberals like a Seton Hall professor, this death struggle between us & them is nothing more than fodder for impressing your students and colleagues with snarky remarks and know-it-all commentary: “It’s part of a campaign to win the hearts and minds of history for Guantánamo,” said Mark P. Denbeaux, a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law who has represented Guantánamo detainees and co-written three studies highly critical of the Pentagon’s previous recidivism reports. “They want to be able to claim there really were bad people there.”

    I wish we could force these pussies into uniform to see how long they last–either with our own soldiers, or against the enemy.

    • Liberals Demise

      Why fight there on the battlefield when they can destroy young minds here on the “Fields of Academia” and then go home and puff on a bong. Write some stupid ass book and rub shoulders with other libtards in gay bars.

  6. jrmcdonald

    In NYT speak, the other six are only ‘Actively Hostile.’

  7. Reality Bytes

    This guy should adopt the Clinton Thumb Point. He’d win over more liberals.




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