Former Gitmo Inmates Returning To Terrorism; Obama Administration Supresses Report

Here is something that every American should be aware of when it comes to the issue of releasing terrorists back in the world. A report describing how these former detainees are going back to militant and radical terrorist groups was supposed to be released back on February 2, 2009. It has not yet been released and according to the New York Times, Obama administration officials were the ones behind keeping the report under wraps:

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.

And writing for the Weekly Standard, Thomas Joscelyn has this:

But the contents of the report deal with a hotly contested issue–one that is being debated throughout the media and is not going away any time soon. Therefore, the public has a right to know the facts and evidence accumulated by the DOD regardless of the implications for the Obama administration.

This is especially true because the Pentagon had previously released a similar report on June 13, 2008. The report we’ve been expecting since earlier this year, and which only the New York Times now has a copy, is merely an update of that June 2008 report, which is freely available online. There is no good reason the updated report, as well as further updates, cannot be released in a similar fashion.

Indeed, the differences between the June 2008 report and its successors are especially troubling. Perhaps those differences explain why an updated version of the June 2008 report would be especially problematic for the Obama administration as it attempts to close Gitmo.

The June 13, 2008, report noted that 37 former detainees were “confirmed or suspected” of returning to terrorism. On January 13, 2009, seven months later, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said that number had climbed to 61. Now, according to the Times, the DOD has found that same metric has risen further to 74–exactly double the Pentagon’s estimate just 11 months ago.

Critics point out that even with 74 recidivists the total number of former detainees who have returned to terrorism is “only” 14 percent of the 534 total detainees who have been released from Guantanamo. But this ignores the fact, as explained above, that the recidivism rate is continuously increasing.

And what would be the main reason for this recidivism rate increase? Simple. Terrorists no longer fear what the American government will do to them if captured. No, this didn’t start with the Obama administration.

Democrats had been working to undermine the anti-terrorism efforts of the Bush administration long before Obama got elected. Those efforts are now paying off for the terrorists who see a Democrat-controlled U.S. government that is weak on terrorists, but hard on those who would protect us from terrorists.

Not only have the Democrats been undermining those would who protect us from terrorists, but they are also undermining our security by pretending that such terrorists are not that big of a threat to us. Hence, the supressed report.

Any Democrats reading this blog can feel free to defend their party by commenting on this post.

You can access the original Weekly Standard article on-line here:

See No Evil
Thomas Joscelyn
The Weekly Standard
May 20, 2009

And you can access the original New York Times article on-line here:

Later Terror Link Cited for 1 in 7 Freed Detainees
Elizabeth Bumiller
New York Times
May 20, 2009

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5 Responses

  1. I cannot agree with your main reason for the recidivism rate increase, that terrorists don’t fear what America will do to them. First, most Gitmo detainees aren’t terrorists but Afghans that resisted the U.S. invasion. Second – and most obvious – is that terrorists don’t care what America will do to them. Why would a suicide bomber fear death?

    • Because these detainees are not suicide bombers. In fact, most terrorists are not suicide bombers. If they were, we’d be seeing mass suicide bomber attacks.

      The vast majority of terrorists are human like you and me and they have no desire to die. Further, they have no desire to spend long periods of time incarcerated in an American detention camp.

      But now, because of the Democrats’ and the Obama administration’s weakening of our stance aganst terrorism, the terrorists are becoming emboldened again. Any gains we made under the Bush administration will be lost and we will have to start back at square 1 again.

      BTW, check your demographics concerning the nationalities of these detainees. They’re not all Afghans.

      • Perhaps my points weren’t made as clearly as I thought.

        I certainly didn’t say all detainees were Afghans.

        My reference to suicide bombers is an extreme example of how little the fear of America affects the behavior of those who take up arms in the Middle East. Soldiers throughout history have willingly given their lives when motivated by powerful beliefs. Their willingness to do so is directly proportional to their enemy’s attempts to intimidate them. There are many examples of this in the U.S.’s own War of Independence, when Britain could have won the colonies back with a few concessions but instead responded with cruelty and intractability.

        The more America relies on fear and injustice to fight terrorism, the more terrorists it creates and the more emboldened they become. The only gains we made during the Bush administration were in the number of our enemies.

        You employ the word terrorist a lot. By any definition I can find, there are few terrorists at Gitmo. There may be a lot of potential terrorists there, but that’s the Bush administration’s fault. By keeping them at Gitmo, we only compound the wrong and fan the flames of anger among their friends and families in the Middle East.

        Releasing them or at least getting them out of Gitmo and into the justice system may not be a pleasant choice. But in a world where we must do as we would have others do, it’s the only right choice.

        I know you won’t agree with my conclusion but I appreciate the opportunity to comment and respect your willingness to post them.

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