Editor’s Note – Despite the recidivism rate among Guantanamo detainees, and the fact that the Libyan attack at Benghazi involved Sufyan Ben Qumu, a former detainee, why is it important now to release one-third of the remaining detainees at Guantanamo?
In a summary report, the office of the Director of National Intelligence said that 27.9 percent of the 599 former detainees released from Guantanamo were either confirmed or suspected of later engaging in militant activity.
The figures represent a 2.9 percent rise over a 25 percent aggregate recidivism rate reported by the intelligence czar’s office in December 2010. (Read the rest here.)
Again, a simple why? Is this a final try at living up to one of his famous campaign promises to quell his base and energize them to get out the vote? While American flags are supplanted by the black al-Qaeda flag across the globe, and his own lame campaign flag appears that looks like it was made by a set of bloody fingers and had the stars replaced by his logo, along with the death of Ambassador Stevens and three others, why are we releasing known enemies now?
Here is an example of one of these detainees, click here.
By Awr Hawkins – Breitbart
President Barack Obama is about to release or transfer 55 Gitmo prisoners, despite reports that the Libyan believed to be behind the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was a former Guantanamo inmate transferred to Libyan custody.
The large percentage of those scheduled to be released are Yemeni, according to a list made public by the Obama administration.
Obama stopped the release or transfer of Yemeni inmates in 2010, because the conditions in the country were viewed as too “unsettled” at the time.
A release or transfer of 55 inmates means Obama is moving out one third of the prisoners at Guantanamo. And while it doesn’t represent a shutdown of the facility, it’s certainly indicative of a move toward that end.
Could it be that Obama is trying to set himself up to campaign as the man who is taking steps to finally close Gitmo, just as he recently reversed the Afghanistan surge in order to campaign as the man who’s winding down the war in the Afghanistan?
The ACLU has praised the releases as “a partial victory for transparency.”