Thursday, January 7, 2010

Report: 1 in 5 Gitmo Detainees Returning To Terrorism

As many as one in five former Guantanamo Bay detainees are suspected of or confirmed to have engaged in terrorist activity after their release, U.S. officials said, citing the latest government statistics.

The 20 percent rate is an increase over the 14 percent of former inmates that an April Pentagon report said were thought to have joined terrorist efforts, said the officials, who requested anonymity. The officials didn’t provide the numbers on which the 20 percent is based.

The increase adds a complication to Obama's efforts to close the detention facility for terrorist suspects at the naval base in Cuba, a national security analyst said.