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  •  Amazingly, that has not turned out to be the case (2+ / 0-)
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    corvo, dancewater

    If someone were put in the black hold otherwise known as Guantanamo Bay, you would think that even if they were innocent, six years of Gitmo would turn them into a terrorist.

    But about 520 detainees have been released from Guantanamo or transferred to other governments since the facility was established in 2002, and only 18 have "returned to the fight," which can include propaganda critical of the United States.  The Defense Department doesn't claim that they've "returned to the battlefield" because they have not.

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    by Jesselyn Radack on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 06:48:42 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, no. (0+ / 0-)

      From a Pentagon report released about a month ago:

      Based on a comprehensive review of available information as of mid-March 2009, the Defense Intelligence Agency reported 14 percent as the overall rate of former Guantanamo detainees confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorist activities. Of the more than 530 Guantanamo detainees transferred from Department of Defense custody at Guantanamo Bay, 27 were confirmed and 47 were suspected of reengaging in terrorist activity. Between December 2008 and March 2009, nine detainees were added to the confirmed list, six of whom were previously on the suspected list

      Apparently someone at the Pentagon has been reading dkos,  and noticed some of the disparaging comments about the Bushies' earlier claims:

      For the purposes of this definition, engagement in anti-U.S. propaganda alone does not qualify as terrorist activity

      •  Numbers may be different, but the point remains. (2+ / 0-)
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        greeseyparrot, dancewater

        The main point is that not everyone becomes a terrorist from being in GITMO.  Only a small number (the biggest claimed was 27) have been confirmed to engage in terrorist activity after being released.  That is a small number compared to the 500+ that were released.  

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        by Jesselyn Radack on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 08:13:34 AM PDT

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