16% of Gitmo Detainees Return to Terrorist Life

And another 12% are suspected of re-upping

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 6, 2012 8:50 AM CST

(Newser) – Of the 600 detainees who have left Guantanamo Bay, just under 16% of them have re-engaged in terrorist activities—and the director of National Intelligence yesterday pointed out that's a smaller figure than the 27% a Republican congressional report cited last month. That's because the earlier report combined the confirmed figure with a suspected one: Another 12% are believed to have rejoined a terror group. The AP notes that this is the first time the numbers have been broken down so specifically.

As for that 12%, the report says that they're essentially on a watch list, meaning their behavior and associates are continually being tracked, though no further details on the specifics of the monitoring were released. One more detail from the report: In an apparent nod at Yemen, it warns that detainees released to unstable countries are more likely to rejoin a terror group.

In this Dec. 4, 2006 file photo, detainee shields his face as he peers out through the so-called "bean hole" which is used to pass food and other items into detainee cells.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
In this Dec. 6, 2006 file photo, a shackled detainee is transported away from his annual Administrative Review Board hearing.   (AP Photo/Brennan Llinsley, File)
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