“New numbers are out on what U.S. officials consider “terrorist or insurgent activities” by former Guantanamo captives after their release.
At first glance, there appears to be a slight increase in confirmed cases compared to six months ago.
But closer examination of the Director of National Intelligence’s semi-annual reportreveals that the 17.3% to 17.9% uptick was caused entirely by detainees released from Guantanamo during the George W. Bush administration. And even that increase appears to be based almost entirely on shifting previously suspected recidivists into the category of confirmed recidivists.
The grand total in the DNI’s latest report of suspected and confirmed cases of freed detainees is 185, one more than the 184 reported last September.
In contrast, the recidivism rates of detainees released from Guantanamo during the six years of the Obama administration have actually declined over the past six months. Twenty-seven more detainees were released during that half year and no new cases of recidivism have been reported.”
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