Category Archives: The Clapper Memo

Fox News Reports More GITMO Detainees Return to Terror

Fox News Channel is generating a lot of buzz today with a report about sources saying 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees have returned to fight as members of terror groups after being released during the past two to three years.  You might want to file it under “old news.”

 

A U.S. Sailor, foreground, assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion conducts an early morning patrol while detainees stand by in the background at the recreation yard inside Camp Delta at Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, July 7, 2010. JTF Guantanamo provides safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, including those convicted by military commission and those ordered released by a court. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

A U.S. Sailor, foreground, assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion conducts an early morning patrol while detainees stand by in the background at the recreation yard inside Camp Delta at Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, July 7, 2010. JTF Guantanamo provides safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, including those convicted by military commission and those ordered released by a court. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

As the author of The Clapper Memo, a nonfiction book in which I reveal never-before-published details from individuals in charge of interrogating detainees at GITMO during the early years of the Global War On Terror, I’ve reported on this topic several times, often turning to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for information. And here I go again.

According to the latest Summary of the Reengagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba released last month, 107 of 620 individuals released from GITMO were confirmed as having returned to the fight as of July 15, while 77 others were suspected of doing so. Among those confirmed as returning to the fight, 23 are listed as “dead,” 25 “in custody” and 59 “not in custody.” Among those suspected of reengaging, 2 are listed as “dead,” 14 “in custody,” and 61 “not in custody.”

According to 2013 version of the same report, 100 of 603 individuals released from GITMO were confirmed as having returned to the fight as of July 15, 2013, while 74 others were suspected of doing so. Among those confirmed as returning to the fight, 2 were listed as “dead,” 27 “in custody” and 56 “not in custody.” Among those suspected of reengaging, 2 are listed as “dead,” 25 “in custody,” and 47 “not in custody.”

If the numbers given FNC reporters Justen Fishel and Jennifer Griffin by their sources are accurate, then they reflect a sizable increase in recidivism. If not, then it’s just old news being hyped to drive ratings.

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Nation’s Top Intelligence Official Blowing Smoke When It Comes to Plan for Tightening Security Clearance Process

I got more than I bargained for when I read the Federal News Radio article, Social media could become part of security clearance process. I learned that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. is moving forward with a system of continuous evaluation of security clearance holders and has no plans to forgo current tools, including interviews, polygraphs and reference checks.

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That news was delivered by National Counterintelligence Executive Bill Evanina, the policies expert inside the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, during a recent interview with FNR’s Emily Kopp. But that wasn’t all he shared.

According to the article, he said he expects DNI Clapper to launch the continuous evaluation system early next year, starting with top-secret clearance holders and eventually involving all five million clearance holders.

I can’t wait to see if DNI Clapper can pull it off, because the numbers, as I reported in my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, are against him.

According to a DoD report I cite in the book, polygraph examiners throughout the entire federal government conducted approximately 8,000 polygraph exams between Oct. 1, 1999, and Sept. 30, 2000. Then, almost one year later, the history-changing attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, took place. During the 10 years that followed those attacks, the number of polygraph exams conducted within the federal government skyrocketed. According to an Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) report I cite in the book, DoD polygraph examiners alone conducted more than 43,000 polygraph exams during the 12-month period ending April 30, 2011.

It took DNI Clapper’s folks ten years to ramp up their polygraph program from 8,000 to 43,000 annual exams. How he expects to ramp up to five million exams is beyond anyone’s comprehension. And how he expects to achieve worthwhile results with the polygraph, the same century-old technology that convicted spies such as John Anthony Walker Jr., Jonathan Jay Pollard, Ana Belen Montes, and other U.S. government employees subject to periodic polygraph exams as conditions of their employment to get away with their crimes. Some spied for years and years before being caught! And don’t forget Edward Snowden, the most recent example of an intelligence professional with a high-level security clearance to make reliance on the polygraph appear foolish.

See also: Intel Boss ‘Truly Insane,’ According to Former CIA Director

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