May 21st, 2009
05:11 PM ET
9 years ago

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. skyhawkdriver

    I don't care if it is 1 or 100 being is too many..bush locked them obama wants them released..makes real sense to,where did I put my 30-06 ?

    May 21, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Steph

    Is anyone going to give this administration credit for getting the terrorists today? I call that keeping America safe...and no torture was needed. Since Cheney can claim victory for preventing terrorists attacks (though they were in office for almost 9 months before 9/11), everyone should be cheering President Obama for stopping this plot 4 months into his term. Where is your patriotism?

    May 21, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. JLS

    Truthsayer, you've got to be kidding about CNN in with the GOP. Didn't you know CNN=CLINTON NEWS NETWORK.

    May 21, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Jason

    Bitter republican, I love your comment, typical blame everything on the GOP as a way out. Now you are all over Bush for releasing prisoners after you based him from holding them. You can't have it both ways. You just want to spew hate and point fingers, real productive.

    May 21, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Kelby In Houston, TX

    republicans are afraid. They want you to be afraid too. They want you to feel the fear. If you are not afraid like they are, they think you are foolish. Fear leads to hate. They will project their hate on to you and say the craziest things.
    They fear terrorist. They fear that if they are here on US soil that they will somehow break free and kill again or worse, recruit Americans to their cause. This fear is un-realistic.

    May 21, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. nick

    As it has been said often enough for any news agency to take note and take action, CNN is becoming part of the Fox news agency.
    Just as the prior Republican Adminstration paid no attention to warnings about the potential for a9-11 attack, CNN is ignoring the voices of their viewers and readers. If CNN does not heed the warning signs, their viewers may just as well view Fox News.

    May 21, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    @ DaBird, who said "1 in 7 are going to try and kill your family."

    That indeed may be true, but it is NOT a justification for imprisoning all 7 without representation, a fair trial and conviction. You guys are such pansies...can't even stand up for our founding principles and values like a true patrioit would because you're so weak-kneed and scared. Go hide in your closets and let the big boys handle this.

    May 21, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Vic

    I have just had a major change of heart and mind today. When Dick Cheney took the stage and sarcastically attacked our new president, I say it's time to start legal proceedings against the one who lied and lied and whose lies haven't stopped even though he is OUT! It's always been clear that the Cheneys are the most sarcastic and (I'm better than you are) arrogant, but this is ridiculous, and I challenge every American to send this man a message that it's time to go on to his HomeInWyomin'. No, I did not vote for Obama, but he deserves to be able to carry out his job as he sees fit. Goodbye Dick!

    May 21, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Moderate Democrat

    Ahh...don't tell me: They tortured some prisoners to get the info, and it will turn out just as accurate as the weapons of mass destruction they tortured someone into telling us about. How did that turn out again? oh yea, FALSE!

    The Republicans are cowardly dirt bags. They hide under rocks when it comes time to live up to the ideals and morals that this nation was built upon.

    With citizens like the GOP, who needs terrorists? And with a person like Dick Cheney, who needs Hitler?

    May 21, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. donttreadonme

    This is the same liberal mentality that failed to act against Al-Qaeda even after the USS Cole attack, the Embassy attacks in Kenya and the first world trade center bombings.

    But please dem libs tell us how to secure the nation.

    May 21, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Steph

    FYI, they were released under the Bush administration....get your facts straight.

    May 21, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Kevin B

    Why is it the GOP's play book only consist of irrational fear and boogy men? What ever happened to reasonable republicans like Mr Reagan or Eisenhower or even Nixon.

    The new version of the GOP consist of mindless fearful chicken hawks looking for someone or something to demonize or scare.

    GOP just doesn't get it, most americans are not as cowardly as they wouldlike us to be, so stop it with whole fear thing GOP.

    May 21, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. marla

    I have a feeling that this inmates are not going against the American people. They are going to go after those who put them in that place. That's the reason why Cheney and his daughter keep on bugging the President because they are so scared maybe once they are freed they'll be number one on the hit list. They made enemies and now they are so scared.
    And Teleprompter they can stay in Dick's house or the Bush's in Texas. They don't personally know the current President. They on the other hand are familiar with his predecessors.

    May 21, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Marc

    Mississippi Mike – May 21st, 2009 5:17 pm ET
    'See, we should never let them leave prison.'
    They were released BEFORE the current presidency, but it's good to see you finally disagreeing with the last presidency... even being wrong on the subject.
    Jon in CA – it's good to see that you don't care about six innocent people's lifes if that means that you can get a guilty guy behind bars... SUPPOSING that this story is correct (it still needs to be confirmed).

    May 21, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Joe Terrogano

    What is the surprise? These are people who are fanatics and see their cause as just (sound familiar?). There are THOUSANDS of others out there, willing to perform terrorist acts. Keeping 200 locked up in Gitmo isn't going to stop the violence. According to Conservative thinking, we will have to kill all of them. What if it is millions? How many are we going to water board? How many are we able to hunt down given the overstretched condition of our military? How much more depletion of our resources, financially and with manpower can we afford to spend? John Wayne and Arnold were in movies, not in reality. We need diplomacy and allies in this conflict. Time to get over the "We'll kick your ass" mentality. Remember what happened to Russia in Afghanistan? Are we learning nothing these past years of war?

    May 21, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. donttreadonme

    Vic May 21st, 2009 5:41 pm ET
    When Dick Cheney took the stage and sarcastically attacked our new president, I say it's time to start
    I don't agree! Obama could have put an end to all of this Bush and Cheney imprisonment talk but he chooses to stoke the fires of vengeance and hate. Cheney has to defend himself!

    I guess you where just as upset when Obama attacked every movement of the Bush administration?
    You are a dem!

    May 21, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Lester

    If one out of seven return to the battle field, what better way to prevent this than to put them into one of our max security prisons. It would cost the taxpayers a lot less than what we are paying for them to be in GITMO.

    May 21, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. Karen Johnson

    If you do not think that The Federal Prison System can house and hold these terrorists then it's time to strengthen the system not complain that it will not hold them.

    May 21, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Bob

    President Obama:
    Recently, we prosecuted and received a guilty plea from a detainee – al-Marri – in federal court after years of legal confusion. We are preparing to transfer another detainee to the Southern District of New York, where he will face trial on charges related to the 1998 bombings of our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania – bombings that killed over 200 people.

    **Preventing this detainee from coming to our shores would prevent his trial and conviction. And after over a decade, it is time to finally see that justice is served, and that is what we intend to do.**

    May 21, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Moderate Democrat

    ok, so let me use this same logic.

    One in seven babies will commit a crime sometime in the future. Abort them all!

    Hmmm, for some reason I think it's retarded logic, and worse, based on data made up by the very people who have lied to us all along. So another lie fabricated in order to condone war crimes, mass genocide and treason. Yup, the GOP is up to their same old crap!

    Trying to find an intelligent republican, is like trying to pick up a turd from the clean end!

    May 21, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. big papa

    I'm sorry but this is REALLY disrespectful of our collective intelligence...

    1) mean to tell me that our judicial (and law enforcement) officials can electronically TETHER miscreants with misdemeanors...

    ...but so-called "TERRORISTS" were simply let go w/out any surveillance, and allowed to return to the battlefield?

    2)...AND IF this happened, whose to say that their treatment at GITMO didn't RADICALIZE them?


    May 21, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Thoughtful

    Does it occur to anyone that the fact that 86 percent have not returned to the battle suggests that the majority of those released – because even the Bush Administration found "insufficient grounds for prosecution" – were actually innocent of deliberate acts against the United States? Of the 14 percent, it is possible that some joined the fight against the U.S. precisely because of their treatments.

    Sorry, folks, this actually undermines the argument for Guantanamo in the first place – most of the detainees cannot be shown to have acted criminally.

    May 21, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. donttreadonme

    Moderate Democrat Right??? Your name should be Ultra Liberal Hater.

    May 21, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    @ donttreadonme, who asked "How many people in the prison system today are responsible for the deaths of 3000 people?"

    Apparently only 1. The other 19 died. And seriously, if you're implying that everyone held at Gitmo had something to do with 9/11, then you really REALLY need some Haldol.

    May 21, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Aaaaaaaaand, another GOP talking point backfires...

    May 21, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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