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
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)

(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.

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Mar 6, 2012 7:03 PM CST
the other 84%... .....never terrorists in the first place.
Mar 6, 2012 5:15 PM CST
How strange that they would seek revenge against the country that blew up their family, and then detained them in the worst conditions possible for seeking retribution in the first place.
Mar 6, 2012 12:18 PM CST
That's still a better recidivism rate than our prison system. Not bad. Oh wait, that's probably because our prison system is more brutal than Gitmo.