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Dec072010

Director of National Intelligence: Gitmo Detainees Transferred Under Obama Administration Have Re-engaged in Terrorism

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A declassified summary of a report about detainees formerly held at Guantanamo Bay, written by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, reported that of the 66 former Guantanamo detainees transferred since President Obama took office, “two are confirmed and three are suspected of re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities.”

The Bush administration freed many more so-called recidivists, the report stated, having transferred 79 confirmed and 66 suspected of subsequently “re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer.”

As of October 1, 2010, the report stated, 598 detainees have been transferred by the Pentagon from Gitmo into the custody of other countries. “The Intelligence Community assesses that 81 (13.5 percent) are confirmed and 69 (11.5 percent) are suspected of re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer. Of the 150 former GTMO detainees assessed as confirmed or suspected of re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities, the Intelligence Community assesses that 13 are dead, 54 are in custody, and 83 remain at large.”

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes issued a statement in response to the report, saying that the "President and our military commanders agree that closing the prison at Guantanamo is a national security imperative in the war against al Qaeda. The President has also made it clear that he will move toward that goal in a way that best protects the American people. We take any incidence of recidivism very seriously.  We will deal with recidivists the way we deal with any individual who threatens our national security: by working to bring them to justice.”

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