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1 in 7 freed detainees rejoins fight, report says

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Jordan55, May 20, 2009.

  1. Jordan55

    Jordan55 Active Member

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    By Elisabeth Bumiller NEW YORK TIMES

    An unreleased Pentagon report provides new details concluding that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the detention center 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.

    Obama to give speech Thursday
    The White House has said that Mr. Obama will provide further details about his plans for closing the prison there in a speech Thursday morning at the National Archives.

    Pentagon officials said there had been no pressure from the White House to suppress the report, and said they believed that the Defense Department employees, some of them holdovers from the Bush administration, were acting pre-emptively to protect their jobs.

    The report is the subject of numerous Freedom of Information Act requests from news media organizations, and Mr. Whitman said that he expected it to be released shortly. The report, a copy of which was made available to The New York Times, says the Pentagon believes that 74 prisoners released from Guantánamo have returned to terrorism, making for a recidivism rate of nearly 14 percent.

    The report was made available by an administration official sympathetic to its findings who said the delay was creating unnecessary “conspiracy theories” about the holdup.

    Hell release them and the torture pictures from 2004, let's do it right:rolleyes:
  2. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    I figured it would be a lot higher than that.
  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Those are just the ones we have some evidence on. You can be sure the actual number is higher.
  4. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    You know which ones are not rejoining the fight?

    The ones we killed in the field.

    Lets stop "detaining" them ...... that way there will be no more torture and no more political agendas.

    Leave every terrorist dead whenever they have the guts to fight us.
  5. Jordan55

    Jordan55 Active Member

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    Zrinkill, they are actually leaving us no other options, but to do exactly that otherwise we will have to start reading them their rights, are we screwed up or what?
  6. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    When 6 out of 7 of the so-called terrorists that have been held for years and then quietly let out by the back door do not openly join the terrorist ranks, you have to come up with something to expalin it, I guess.

    Last time I looked at this, they were including people speaking out or writing letters to the editor amongst the recidivists as well.
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    So argle you are so sure that six out of seven are harmless= volunteer to let some move in with you. I mean if they are so CLEARLY HARMLESS what is the worry?


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