May 21st, 2009
05:11 PM ET
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Source: 1 in 7 Gitmo detainees may have returned to battlefield

More than 14 percent of detainees released from Guantanamo Bay are expected to have returned to terrorism activities, a source tells CNN.
More than 14 percent of detainees released from Guantanamo Bay are expected to have returned to terrorism activities, a source tells CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Preliminary intelligence assessments show more than 14 percent of detainees released from Guantanamo Bay have returned or are suspected of having returned to terrorism activities, an administration official with knowledge of the Defense Department's information told CNN.

That number, which reflects data through the beginning of 2009, has gone up slightly from statistics compiled through the end of 2008, when the recidivism rate was considered to be 11 percent, according to the administration official. It had been at 7 percent in earlier years, but the Pentagon has not disclosed what time frame that encompasses.

The official emphasized the latest data is still being verified within the military intelligence community, but it appears likely to show that the rate of recidivism has now reached more than 14 percent.

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  1. m smith

    Why sould we expect the rest of the world to take our detainees? I guess our own prisons are not safe enough. Is that what they are saying? Does this mean that if we have 3 murders all in the same prison area they will influence each other to commet more murders. The same with drug dealers. What a joke. We keep people in prison all the time. This is just politics on both sides of the isle. If they don't trust our own prison system then we are in real troubel and not just from terrorist.

    May 21, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. lb

    Fair is Fair-
    What would it solve to try those terrorists picked up on american soil in our judicial system? Kahlil Sheik Mohammed was picked up on our soil after his first bombing of the trade towers, deported by Clinton and looked what happened. I think it is time for the media to tell the truth about terrorist actions on this soil. There IS a story to be told and then, the people would change their minds about their terrorists and Obama's solution.

    May 21, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Not afraid..

    I am the mother and grandma of four. I live in the USA. Im not afraid of dying for my country. Its a struggle everyday. But I havent given up living here in the USA. Get a real plan that works for ALL Americans then maybe Ill listen...

    May 22, 2009 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  4. skyhawkdriver

    When are we going to stop calling them detainees and call them what they are??..prisoners of war!!..all you blind sheep liberals just can't stand to see anyone in prison..even the perpetrators of violent crime in this country..fire up old sparky and ask them to take a seat..if most of you had your way the four clown just arrested in new york city would be released..how soon will it be before the ACLU starts representing these four??..and to you steph..you must be an earth bound misfit

    May 22, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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