New Gitmo Report Reveals 27% of Released Detainees Return to Terrorist Activities

Last September NATO troops killed Al-Qaeda leader and former Gitmo detainee in an overnight raid in eastern Afghanistan. Sabar Lal Melma, who was released from Guantanamo in 2007 after five years of detention, had been organizing attacks in eastern Kunar province and funding insurgent operations.

A new report released by the House Armed Servicess subcommittee revealed that 27% of Gitmo detainees return to a life of terror after their release. Now Obama wants to release Taliban leaders from Gitmo.
The AP reported:

Facing domestic political pressures, the Bush and Obama administrations released or transferred 600 terror suspects deemed an acceptable threat from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, only to face the challenge that 27 percent re-engaged in terrorist or insurgent activities, according to a report by Republicans on a House Armed Services subcommittee.

The report, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, provides the GOP perspective on an issue that has divided Washington since the start of the Afghanistan war and the use of the Navy prison for those captured. And it split the White House and Congress last year over how to write rules on handling detainees.

The report comes as the Obama administration officials have acknowledged that they are considering whether to release several Afghan Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo and send them to a third country as an incentive to bring the Taliban to peace talks. The step is certain to create an uproar on Capitol Hill, especially among Republicans. The 93-page study is likely to be part of the GOP effort to influence the ongoing debate.

In a rare break on a committee that typically is bipartisan on defense issues, Democrats dissented from the report despite efforts to reconcile their differences.

The report from the Armed Services investigations panel cites testimony before the committee last year that 27 percent of former detainees “were confirmed or suspected to have been re-engaged in terrorist or insurgent activities,” up from 25 percent the previous year. Intelligence officials had indicated that the number would increase.

“The Bush and Obama administrations, reacting to domestic political pressures and a desire to earn goodwill abroad, sought to reduce the Guantanamo population by sending detainees elsewhere,” the report said. “Both administrations faced the persistent challenge of ensuring that the potential threat posed by each detainee had been aptly assessed before transfer or release, and that the countries that received the detainees had the capacity and willingness to handle them in a way that sufficiently recognized the dangers involved.

“Despite earnest and well-meaning efforts by officials in both administrations, the re-engagement rate suggests failures in one or both aspects of the process,” the report concluded.

The report recommended that the Defense Department, CIA and other intelligence agencies report to Congress on the factors that contribute to a former detainee re-engaging in terrorist activities. The committee also is seeking reports on the effectiveness of agreements with other countries.

As of Jan. 1, 779 individuals have been held at Guantanamo, 600 have left the installation, eight died there and 171 remain, the report said, citing the Defense Department.

The report noted that former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld held the view that the military should not be a jailer and there was a plan to get detainees out. President Barack Obama also had vowed to close Guantanamo, though he has met strong resistance in Congress.

Lawmakers repeatedly have added provisions to various bills blocking the government from transferring detainees from Guantanamo to the United States, or barring the construction of facilities domestically to house terror suspects.

Previously On Released Gitmo Detainees:
** Gitmo Detainees Re-Arrested in Russia
** Former Gitmo Prisoner Arrested for Terrorism in Moscow
** Three Former Gitmo Detainees Held in Morocco
** Former Gitmo Inmate Involved in Russian Terror Attack on Nalchik
** Former Gitmo Detainee Re-Arrested in Pakistan
** Seven Percent of Gitmo Detainees Return to Battlefield.
** Former Club Gitmo Detainee Carries Out Suicide Mission in Iraq
** Pentagon: 61 Gitmo Grads Returned to Terror
** Former “Rehabilitated” Gitmo Detainee Becomes Al-Qaeda Chief
** 2 Former “Rehabilitated” Gitmo Grads Appear in Al-Qaeda Movie
** 11 Former “Rehabilitated” Gitmo Grads Back On Saudi Most Wanted List
** American Teenager Murdered By Former Gitmo Detainee
** Breaking: Taliban’s Top Officer in Southern Afghanistan Is Former Gitmo Detainee
** Former Gitmo Detainee Leads Fight Against US Troops
** Another Former “Rehabilitated” Gitmo Detainee Killed in Shootout
** Former Gitmo Detainee Now Al Qaeda “Spiritual Leader”
** Former Gitmo Detainees Lead Yemeni Al-Qaeda Group Linked to Detroit Bomber
** Former Gitmo Detainee Leads Insurgency in Southern Afghanistan
** Thanks Barack… Another Gitmo Detainee Returns to the Fold
** 25 Former Gitmo Detainees From Saudi Arabia Return to Life of Terror

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  • MER

    Just a hint for the intelligence challenged here….when an innocent person is inprisoned, tortured and released, that person now has reason to be a terrorist. We created that in him. And if you say its Obamas fault, well he has simply continued the failed Gitmo policies of gwb.

  • Liberty

    CPAC this weekend. Silly chickenhawk “journalists” are making a fuss over OWS being in the same city, DC. Oh, better watch out for the New Black Panther Party! ALl two of its members!

    But this guy, this racist guy will be at the conference and will be on a panel to discuss just how painful it is to be white in murka in the 21st century. Heres his background. Either you denounce his presence, or you silence gives tacit approval for his lies and hate. Whats it gonna be?

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    Sponsored by: ProEnglish

    Speakers: Robert Vandervoort, Executive Director, ProEnglish; John Derbyshire, contributing editor at National Review and author of We Are Doomed; Peter Brimelow, author of The Patriot Game: National Dreams and Political Realities and founder of; Dr. Serge Trifkovic, foreign affairs editor for Chronicles magazine; & Dr. Rosalie Porter, author of American Immigrant: My Life In Three Languages, chairwoman of the board, ProEnglish

    VDARE is a White Nationalist website, run by Brimelow, which frequently publishes the works of anti-Semitic and racist writers and is named after Virginia Dare, who is believed to be the first child of English parents born in the Americas. Brimelow, an immigrant from Great Britain, expresses his fear of the loss of America’s white majority, blames non-white immigrants for social and economic problems and urges the Republican Party to give up on minority voters and focus on winning the white vote. He also said that a New York City subway is the same as an Immigration and Naturalization Service waiting room, “an underworld that is not just teeming but also almost entirely colored.”

    VDARE has published the work of people like Robert Weissberg, who says that black and Hispanic students are responsible for problems in the American education system, Marcus Epstein, the Youth for Western Civilization leader who karate-chopped a black woman after calling her a “n****r” (he later pled guilty to assault), and J. Philippe Rushton of the eugenicist Pioneer Fund.

  • jorgen

    Many of those so far released were not considered too much a security risk and still 27% of them continued their terrorist activities. What is left in Guantanamo is hardcore terrorists of which 100% are likely to continue.

  • Estragon

    It is important not to draw the wrong conclusion. It is not that 27% have returned to terrorist activity, it is that we know of at least that many who have. Most of the others are unaccounted for, which is hardly proof of them changing their ways – just being more careful to stay under the radar than their former comrades.

    We didn’t build Gitmo and throw a bunch of philosophers in there. These were all extremely bad, dangerous men we had no other way to deal with. With time, we will find the number is higher than 27%, and possibly very much higher.

  • Andrew X

    Hey MER, the “intelligence challenged” thank you so for your guidance. By the way, when a whole lot of strongly right leaning national security people confront an issue and make some decisions, and then a whole lot of strongly left leaning national security people confront the same issue and make the exact same decisions, just what does that tell a sooper-jeenyus like yourself, hmmm?

    Got any brilliant gems of ideas that do not involve the considered and discarded….:

    — sending them to other countries that will not have them, period

    — Renditioning them to countries that if they will take them, will do so so they can either gouge their eyes out, burn them with blowtorches, and then bury them….. or else just let them go upon arrival so they can come back at us again…

    — sending them to US congressional districts and populations that will not have them for so much as a minute…

    — enabling them as enemy combatants to have defense rights that would destroy our intelligence agencies entirely..

    — letting them go and crossing our fingers, and then explaining to the families of masses of dead Americans that we let them go “because we didn’t have any better ideas”…

    — taking them down to the beach and shooting them and then feeding them to the sharks


    So you’re just brimming with bright ideas on this that neither the Rove-ians or the Axel-rodders have managed to come up with? Please, do share…. The Axel-roddders did hit on one that many of us had already thought about quite some time ago, especially given acknowledgement of the “human rights for terrorists” crowd – now we’re just killing them in place. No GITMO problems there! (Imagine If Bush Had….)

    Got any better ideas? Let’s hear ’em. Or else just shut up and join the ranks of the “intelligence challenged”. Oh, sorry, you’ve already got a club card. Never mind.

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  • nadadhimmi

    Only 27% return to Terrorism? This is indicative of the need for the Obama Administration to establish meaningful and significant Muslim Outreach programs to get that 27% number up to, say. 100%. After all, we don’t want our Muslim brothers to think we are taking steps to defend Americans from the devout Muslim just doing his religious duty to kill all Infidels. Under the Obama Admin, Americans will defend the rights of Muslims to express their religion of killing Americans. I mean, JEEZ, Muslim’s have RIGHTS, it’s not they are effing Catholics or somethin”.

  • Militant Conservative

    #1 February 9, 2012 at 6:49 am
    MER commented:

    yhea right, and all the people in jail are innocent too.

    you live in a safe world due to brave individuals that fight evil for you.

    Pathetic attempt at logic reveals your ignorance of the real world.

    Powder is dry

  • Ripped

    27% is pretty good considering more than 40% of offenders in US prisons return to prison within three years.

    “In one of the most comprehensive reports of its kind, the Pew Center on the States found that slightly more than four in 10 offenders return to prison within three years, a collective rate that has remained largely unchanged in years, despite huge increases in prison spending that now costs states $52 billion annually.”

    Now lets look at who is a bigger danger to the US population. This type of yellow journalism is fear mongering at it’s finest.

    Last year, more Americans died from dog bites and lightning strikes than terrorism. You are also generally more likely to get killed by bathtubs, vending machines, and diarrhea than by terrorism.

    To put my opinion in a better perspective, I suggest you consider the public response had the government announced the “War On Diarrhea”. After all, as more people died from diarrhea than from terrorism, it only makes sense that the “War On Diarrhea” should command a commensurately larger expenditure of public funds, say maybe 2 trillion a year. Then of course, given the higher percentage killed, we should launch a 50 trillion dollar “War On Cars”. Wait a minute, stop laughing! I’m SERIOUS. I know you say a certain amount of death is inevitable and that it’s the human condition. That’s not the point. The POINT is that we can’t get elected unless we DO SOMETHING.

    Voting for Ron Paul will cause that SOMETHING to be Liberty, with a big side order of SERIOUS defense. Not security theater that bankrupts us and enriches the military industrial complex.

  • tadcf

    So, does that mean we should have held 73% of the detainees that didn’t return to terrorism because 27% did?

  • American Patriot

    Hey Mer, Shut Up!

    I say we unknowingly to them plant a tracking device under their skin prior to releasing them, then let them go and follow them. When they hook up with a bunch of other like-minded terrorist types….BAM! With a hellfire or two, there will be no more recidivisim from Achmed.

  • American Patriot

    Hey Mer, Shut Up!

    I say we unknowingly (to them) plant a tracking device under their skin, then let them go and follow them. When they hook up with a bunch of other like-minded terrorist types….BAM! With a hellfire or two, there will be no more recidivisim from Achmed.

  • American Patriot

    Sorry for the double post.


    hey MER…are you a fukken idiot by nature or were you born that way…I guess the mooslime was at gittmo because he was such an upstanding POS to begin with…

  • crackermike

    Ron Paul is a gdamn idiot. His basic premise is that Americans FORCED Terrorists to fly planes into buildings. No matter any other positions he takes, he’s disqualified himself from being taken seriously. I used to take Paul seriously vis a vie his financial and monetary stances. No more. His drug and Terrorism apologies make me want to effen puke. So far however, I’m thinking Rand Paul is more my style.

  • Ripped

    #15 February 9, 2012 at 10:03 am
    crackermike commented:

    “His basic premise is that Americans FORCED Terrorists to fly planes into buildings.”

    The explanation is Blowback. Ever heard of Newton’s Law of Motion? For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Same premise, people only put up with so much meddling until they eventually strike back.

    Maybe you can explain how our foreign policy and nation building of the last 40 years and our propping up one dictator after the next has worked?

    Why you believe we should stay the course?

    By the way, Ron Paul’s views seem “idiotic” to people who lack intellectual thought and comprehension.

  • Sparky

    Let them all loose in Afghanistan where the Taliban or a US drone will deal with them. End of problem!

  • Patty

    Reports by those who are telling the truth and definitely not Holder, have said this for several years.

    They hate us and after being imprisoned at Gitmo you really think they are going to play patty cake when they get out.

    We aren’t stupid, tell that to Obama administration.

  • bg
  • Jimmer

    27% is a success story. Recidivism rates in the US are more in the 60-65% range. Seems like we’re doing something right at Gitmo that the federal prison system could use.

  • bg


    February 8, 2012

    May: Crusade against ‘Third Jihad’ harms America

    [This week, I happened to be in New York’s Penn Station, where I heard
    an announcement on the public address system: “If you see something,
    say something.” Zuhdi Jasser has seen something. CAIR wants him to
    shut up about it
    . And CAIR has friends in high places.]

    Obama fears him, more here & here & here..


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  • Obama’s Elixir & Kool Aid Drinker

    Liberty does an excellent job hurling mud at those who dare to reveal the truth about our comrades and their deeds. Continue to do the work of the politburo Liberty. One day we shall promote you from manning the ovens.

    You are awarded the Order of L:ennin 4th class.

  • bg


    Fibberty #2 February 9, 2012 at 7:09 am

    just a sampling (scroll for more or not, your choice)..


  • jorgen

    #10 tadcf commented:

    So, does that mean we should have held 73% of the detainees that didn’t return to terrorism because 27% did?

    100% were all guilty of being armed enemy combattants not in uniform so none should have been released. The 27% are anyway those so far proven to openly have returned to terrorism. The correct percentage is undoubtedly much higher.

  • WillofLa

    Why aren’t these terrorists being executed? Isn’t that what the outcome would be if found guilty of committing terrorist acts? Isn’t that what would be the outcome of anyone who is found guilty of being captured on the battlefield killing U.S. soldiers? What does anyone want to do with them, put them in prison for life? They didn’t commit any “crimes” because they aren’t “criminals” like somekind of bank robbers. They are murdering terrorists. Once they are found guilty by the military tribunal court, then the next thing is to pass sentence on them and the only sentence that a terrorist could get is….DEATH!! So why are they being released? Released for what? Are they being found innocent of being a terrorist? No, the tribunal is ordered by the Obama administration to let these terrorists go. Otherwise Obama wants them brought into the U.S. for trial. So the officers on the tribunal are put on the spot of either let them go, or send them to the U.S. for trying to see if they actually are guilty of committing “crimes”.

    Again, they are not criminals. In order to determine if they are criminals their “crimes” would have to meet some criteria. And the only criteria is the U.S. Criminal Code, or the UMCJ which only applys to U.S. military personel. So there’s not any code by which to go by in order to find out if they have committed any crimes. But there is plenty of evidence finding them guilty of committing acts of terror by way of being a terrorist. According to that criteria the only sentence the tribunal can possibly give these Gitmo “detainees” is…DEATH!! So let’s start standing them up against a wall down there and shot them in the heart by firing squad. Or under military law the other way to execute them is by hanging. So let’s start building a gallows and let’s start hanging some of these scum bags, these murdering bastards, these crazy Arabs who know only one thing and that is the murder of anyone who is not a Muslim. On that account they need to die.

  • bg


    testing 123..


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  • WillofLa

    Well I see MER is back for another whipping. Well let’s begin. To begin with Muslims have been murderers even before they were brought under the flag of Islam. That was the problem Muhammed had the first time around when he first presented the Koran to them. That is why he hid from them for eight years in a cave, because the Arab people hated his message of peace and love he had learned from growing up in Israel all his life. He used the Tora as the foundation of his religion he wanted to unite his fellow Arab people under. But he forgot one thing and that is Arab people’s have hated the Jewish people for thousands of years because of what Abraham had done to the Arab people by God’s ordering him to take them out into the desert and leave them there to shift for themselves, live or die. So the Arab people have had it out for the Jewish people for generations. We didn’t “create” anything. It is the Arab people who hate anyone and everyone who is not on the side of Islam and have converted to being a Muslim.

    Since Mahammed was in hiding from his people, and had forgot that his people didn’t want peace, they wanted to murder everyone who were strangers to them. The only ones who were peaceful were the one’s who had been around with foreigners long enough to want to be like them and those Arabs became merchants and traders. The rest were dangerous to be around as the Old Testiment teaches. It says don’t go around them because they are “…wild and crazy people.” So Mahammed finally came up with a version of the Koran that his people did accept and that was he included murder as a blessed act because this god that Mahammed created, Allah, liked Arab people killing anyone who didn’t accept this new religion called Islam. So he came out of his cave, presented it to some of the Arab leaders and they like it and agreed to follow it. For many years Mahammed went around converting Arab tribes. For all the ones who refused this new religion he killed and stole all they possessed. He had to come up with spoils of war for his followers some how. And the rest is history apparently MER isn’t aware of.

    So there all you Ron Paul followers, real history that any Muslim will admit to you is the truth. Of course they are only aware of the second version of the Koran so they don’t know about any first version the Arab people rejected because it didn’t include murder as being blessed by god Allah. You notice I don’t capitalize the word “god” because this is not the real God, only a perverted version of who Muslims believe is god. The God of Israel would never and does not according to the Ten Commandments, condone murder. So God is not Allah, he’s some being Mahammed cooked up for the Arabs. Also, Arabs love magic and the mystical. That’s why Mahammed came up with this myth about going up to Heaven to get the golden tablets and then was “flown” down back to Earth by a golden chariot by two angles who came to him to take him up to “Allah” and back to Earth. And isn’t it strange that he landed right where the temple has always been that was destroyed and rebuilt by the Jews?

    No man has ever seen the face of God, let alone had a conversation with Him except for Moses. And no man was ever “called” up by God because God had something for him to give to his people that included permission to murder anyone they wanted. I wouldn’t want to be associated with a god who had that attitude about who was and who wasn’t deserving of his love. See, the God of Israel loves all of mankind and “…dosen’t want any one to perish but come to everlasting life. For God so loved the world that He gave His onle begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that none would perish but by Him come to everlasting life.” Jesus has told us, “…no man comes to the Father except by Me.”

  • WillofLa

    I apologize for my misspellings. It’s Muhammed, not Ma-hammed. And if all that is still wrong I don’t really give a damn! You get who I’m talking about. Everyone except for MER, because he doesn’t really get it anyway. To bad because he seems like a person of reasonable intellegence we need to add to our side. But he’ll have to do some learning first, and the truth about Islam should be first. The story I told is true because it was taught to me by a Arab who became a Christian and wanted people to know the truth. Of course I was paraphrasing the story so as not to take up to much space. I’ve used that truth to attack a Arab that used to comment on this site. He dosen’t come around anymore because we knew what he was doing and that was standing up for his beliefs. His beliefs were false.

  • squeaky

    [..the public address system: “If you see something, say something.” Zuhdi Jasser has seen something..] when confidential isn’t all that confidential.

  • Jim

    In “Saving Private Ryan” Tom Hanks character gets killed by a Nazi he releases. That’s all I have to say about that.

  • dunce

    It would be foolish to believe that only 27% went back to terrorist activity. That is all that they know about for certain. There is no reason to believe any less than 100% went right back to what is actually their religious calling , jihad. Does anybody believe any became peace loving Christians?

  • burt

    U.S. prisons are full of Muslems. How many of those 65% are Muslems?

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  • bg


    re: burt #34 February 10, 2012 at 7:23 am


    much more here, in connecting links, and threads..