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Gitmo Detainee ‘Recidivism’ Rate Now Up To 29%

From the Weekly Standard:

More Former Guantanamo Bay Detainees Return To Terrorism

By JERYL BIER | September 9, 2013

An unclassified version of a September report from the Director of National Intelligence reveals that another five former Guantanamo Bay detainees have either been confirmed as reengaging in terrorism or are suspected of doing so. The report comes just as a judge in Algeria has approved parole of two detainees recently transferred to Algerian custody from the Cuba-based detention facility.

Of the 603 former detainees tracked by US intelligence services, a total of 100 have now been confirmed as reengaging in "terrorism" or "insurgent" activities, while another 74 are suspected of reengaging.  This brings the total rate of recidivism to nearly 29 percent, up from 28 percent as of the last report six months ago…

We thought we had to close Gitmo because it was being used to recruit terrorists. Isn’t that what Obama told us?

We would bet that the 603 detainees we have released that have gone back to terrorism dwarfs the number of people who took up terrorism because of Gitmo.

Two of the detainees suspected of reengaging in the last six months are among those transferred since President Obama took office in 2009.   Of the seventy-four detainees transferred since January 22, 2009, seven are either confirmed or suspected of reengaging, up from five in the prior report, raising the recidivism rate of those transferred during the president’s time in office from 7 percent to 10 percent.

The two men transferred to Algerian custody on August 28 are Nabil Hadjarab and Motai Sayab, according to the Miami Herald. Both had been cleared for release years ago and had been part of the hunger strike at Guantanamo. There are still 90 or so detainees that have similarly been cleared for release but are still in custody pending arrangements with countries who will receive them subject to conditions…

We wonder how much the US has to pay these countries to take them back?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Gitmo Detainee ‘Recidivism’ Rate Now Up To 29%”

  1. Astravogel says:

    That rate could have been cut a lot if they’d
    been given a taxi in New York City to operate.

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