Some former Guantanamo Bay detainees still returning to battle, report says
U.S. military guards move a detainee inside the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in September 2010.
September 10th, 2013
11:22 AM ET

Some former Guantanamo Bay detainees still returning to battle, report says

By Jamie Crawford

Some former inmates at the United States prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are still returning to the battlefield, a report from the U.S. intelligence community says.

Of the 603 detainees who have been transferred from the facility since it opened, 100 of them, or 16.6%, have re-engaged in terrorist activity, says an unclassified summary from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released last week.

Three detainees of 71 who were released since January 2009 have gone back to battle, and four others who were transferred from the facility since then are suspected of returning to their old ways.

"Based on trends identified during the past ten years, we assess that if additional detainees are transferred without conditions from GITMO, some will reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities," the report said. "Transfers to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal stability as well as active recruitment by insurgent and terrorist organizations pose a particular problem."

The report also said that some former detainees "routinely" communicate with one another, or with families of former detainees and previous associates who are members of terrorist organizations. Those communications range from "mundane" reflections of shared experiences to "nefarious" discussions about planning terrorist operations, the report said.

This year, President Obama reopened an office at the State Department tasked with focusing on how to close the Guantanamo Bay facility, and he appointed envoys from the State and Defense departments to make sure the detainees are transferred to other countries.

The precarious security environment in Yemen, where many of the current detainees are from, makes any direct transfer back to that country a challenge.

Upon taking office in 2009, Obama signed an executive order calling for the closure of the facility by January 2010. But conditions placed by Congress on any transfers into the U.S. prison system made any closure in the near term unlikely.

At its peak, the detention center held more than 750 men. There are now 164 detainees at the facility, which costs the U.S. Defense Department around $150 million a year to run. At least seven detainees have died in custody.

The report from the intelligence community, which is mandated by Congress, is released every six months.

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    September 11, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply
  19. just wondering

    Really You Think..... Year after Year In Prison without trial or rights.... If they didn't hate us before they probably do now and I cannot say I blame them

    September 11, 2013 at 1:29 am | Reply
    • U.S.M.C. 1371

      Whar rights? They are the enemies of the U.S. the only right we need to give them is to die for their cause.

      September 11, 2013 at 1:43 am | Reply
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      What rights? What trial? They are being held as POW's. And are subject to the Geneva Convention not the U.S. legal system.

      September 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
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    I think after they had the answers they were looking for they should have just giving the remaining members at qitmo soylent green.

    September 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  21. Portland tony

    Remember The friggin' Taliban didn't attack the US. All they are technically guilty of was allowing bin Laden to use a few of their caves. We, the US attacked them as part of our nation building agenda. Granted they are not the most intelligent group or bunch of tribes, But illogically a bunch of Saudis, who plotted 9/11 were hiding in Afghan caves, so we attack Iraq, kick the Taliban out of Afghanistan and basically occupy Pakistan. No wonder the world thinks we as a nation are being led by crazies.

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  22. George patton

    These dumb Taliban probably walked back to their terror camps with tracking device hidden up their a/s s.

    September 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  23. Portland tony

    Well after being treated like an animal at GITMO for years , how'd you feel? GITMO was not a rehab facility and job training wasn't part of their daily routine. So jobs are scarce back home and some of these terrorist groups pay pretty good.

    September 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      treatment like animal for years is still a better deal than instant beheading with some fanatical animals shouting in background Allau Akbur !! Allau Akbur !! Allau Akbur !!

      September 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
      • Portland tony

        Some believe that martyrdom beats the hell out of being caged like an animal. It's not a new concept. Every major religion including Christianity has had their share of martyrs.

        September 10, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
    • savorlife

      Treated like animals? They are gaining weight and living under better conditions than American inmates... The only analogy to being animals is that they are behind bars.... what is YOUR alternative? Release them?

      September 11, 2013 at 1:05 am | Reply
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        Try it....I guarantee you will change your mind. No visitors, no one speaks your language, you eat foreign food, you have no "release date", You are in eternal purgatory....you'd be angry too. Yes let's return them unless they committed a non-war related crime against Americans. And if they did, let the legal system work it out!

        September 11, 2013 at 11:19 am |
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  25. Random

    Gee that is surprising. Who would have thought holding bad people , in a bad environment for 10 years would release them worse than they came in, it is not like our legal system has been proving this point since it's creation. There is nothing you can do to quell the hatred that has festered for so long. The merciful thing to do would be to execute them , or stop force feeding them. These guys will be the next generation of ultra radical generals. You can't afford to let them go, and you can't afford to hold them.

    September 10, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • martin

      By the time they arrived at Guantanamo they had already spilled all the beans. So why keep them there pretending? Just a publicity stunt to cover-up the hundreds of battle-side secret detention centers where they do what you suggest.

      September 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
      • U.S.M.C. 1371

        Darn they missed a chance to get rid of 700 more.

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