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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Can’t teach old terrorists new tricks

Today we read that 74, or one out of every seven, terrorism suspects formerly held at the Guantanamo Bay detention site are confirmed or suspected of having returned to terrorism. According to the U.S. Pentagon, of more than 530 detainees transferred from Guantanamo Bay, 27 are confirmed and 47 suspected of “reengaging in terrorist activity.”

The list included detainees accused or convicted of terrorist offenses in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Russia.

These figures are certain to intensify debate in Washington over the prison, which has been strongly criticized by many, including allies of the United States. Rights groups have voiced skepticism about previous Defense Department statements on former Guantanamo detainees taking part in terrorism. Some have suggested they are intended to stoke fear among Americans about its closing.

© 2009 Russell G. Campbell

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