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)
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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