Director of National Intelligence: Gitmo Detainees Transferred Under Obama Administration Have Reengaged in Terrorism

A de-classified summary of a report about detainees formerly held at Guantanamo Bay, written by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, reported that of the 66 former Guantanamo detainees transferred since President Obama took office, “2 are confirmed and 3 are suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities.”

The Bush administration freed many more so-called recidivists, the report stated, having transferred 79 confirmed and 66 suspected of subsequently “reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer.”

As of October 1, 2010, the report stated, 598 detainees have been transferred by the Pentagon from Gitmo into the custody of other countries. “The Intelligence Community assesses that 81 (13.5 percent) are confirmed and 69 (11.5 percent) are suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer. Of the 150 former GTMO detainees assessed as confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities, the Intelligence Community assesses that 13 are dead, 54 are in custody, and 83 remain at large.”

You might recall in February of this year, White House adviser John Brennan, the assistant to President Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism, referred to former Gitmo detainees fighting the U.S. as having all been “released during the previous administration and under the prior detainee review process.”

At that point Brennan reported “no confirmed or suspected recidivists among detainees transferred during this Administration, although we recognize the ongoing risk that detainees could engage in such activity."

On THIS WEEK in May, I asked Attorney General Eric Holder about a March 2010 Newsweek report that one of the Gitmo detainees transferred during the Obama administration -- Abdul Hafiz, transferred to Afghanistan in December 2009 -- had rejoined the Taliban.

“I've not seen the intelligence necessarily that confirms that,” Holder said. “One has to understand that the process that we've put in place, of the 240 prisoners who were in Guantanamo when we took office, was exhaustible. It involved the law enforcement community, it involved the intelligence community. We took into account all of the information we had on each one of those people, did an analysis of each of them, and made a determination as to who potentially was a threat. Only put people in countries where we thought structures could be in place, put in place so that they would not be a threat.”

-Jake Tapper

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