Obama has successfully moved closer to keeping one of his most dangerous campaign promises. He’s releasing 15 more Guantanamo prisoners in what is the largest release of terrorists, back into the world, bringing the number of detainees, in GTMO, down to 61.
The Guardian released this story:
The largest single transfer of Guantánamo Bay detainees of Barack Obama’s presidency was announced on Monday, as 15 long-held men departed the infamous detention center.
The transfer, officially announced by the Pentagon on Monday evening, brings the Guantánamo detainee population down to 61.
… All are Yemeni, and the administration for years cited instability in Yemen, where civil war continues today, as a reason to halt transfers to the Middle Eastern country.
… Administration officials have said for months that they would speed up detainee transfers this summer, as Obama’s time in office winds down with his promise to close Guantánamo – made on his second day in the White House – still unfulfilled.
The Guardian reported in May that the Obama administration had reached deals with a half-dozen foreign countries to repatriate approximately two dozen detainees.
The 15-detainee transfer is the largest Guantánamo release during Obama’s presidency. While Obama released 10 Yemeni detainees to Oman in January and nine more Yemenis to Saudi Arabia in April, Monday’s transfer eclipsed a December 2009 release of 12 detainees to three countries.
So, with the release of the terrorists, to middle eastern countries, can we expect the world to be a safer place? What are the chances rehabilitation took place in GTMO? Yeah, … not much.
The Washington Times clearly outlined the potential dangers of releasing detainees.
The number of former Guantanamo Bay detainees suspected of reengaging in terrorism after they were released from the prison facility by the Obama administration has doubled from six to 12 as of January, according to federal datareleased Tuesday.
Of the 144 detainees released under President Obama, the number now confirmed to have rejoined terrorist groups is seven, according to the report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The number of detainees released under the Obama administration that intelligence analysts suspect have reengaged in terrorist activities is now 12.
In addition, another former detainee who was released under President George W. Bush is now also suspected of reengaging.
That bring the total to 118 of 676 former prisoners released under both presidents that are now confirmed to be reengaging in terrorism, while another 86 are suspected of doing so.
The report warns that some detainees being held at Guantanamo could rejoin militant groups if released in the future.
“Based on trends identified during the past eleven years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred,” the intelligence report said. “Transfers to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal instability, as well as recruitment by insurgent and terrorist organizations, could pose problems.”
So, now that GTMO is only holding 61 out of an original 144 known terrorists, do you sleep better at night?