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Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.



A new report from Washington watchdog Judicial Watch is warning that “many” of the remaining Guantanamo Bay inmates will go back to terror if they are released by the Obama administration.


The organization is citing a new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.”


“Still left at the top security facility are the world’s most dangerous terrorists, including 9/11 masterminds Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi as well as USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri,” Judicial Watch reported. “The administration is set on bringing them to prisons in the U.S., which has caused fury among officials and legislators in states where the facilities being considered are located.


“While those arrangements get settled, the administration has embarked on a frenzy releasing Gitmo prisoners to foreign countries – many in the Middle East – in a last-ditch effort to empty out the compound. Many will go back to their terrorist ways, according to the ODNI,” Judicial Watch said.


In fact, the federal report said, “Based on trends identified during the past eleven years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred.


Examine this issue more closely, with “Muslim Brotherhood,” “Everlasting Hatred,” and “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist.”


“Transfers to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal instability, as well as recruitment by insurgent and terrorist organizations, could pose problems. While enforcement of transfer conditions may deter reengagement by many former detainees and delay reengagement by others, some detainees who are determined to reengage will do so regardless of any transfer conditions, albeit probably at a lower rate than if they were transferred without conditions,” the government reported.


The federal report said of the 676 terror detainees moved out of Gitmo and back to the Middle East, 118 already are confirmed to have re-engaged in terror activities. The report said another 86 are suspected.


Most of the Gitmo cases, in fact, were handled under President George W. Bush. Of those, 111 re-engaged and 74 are suspected. Under Obama 7 have re-engaged and 12 are suspected.


The report notes that additionally, nine detainees died at Gitmo and one was transferred to the U.S. for trial and now is in prison in Colorado.


Obama had ordered back in 2009 that the facility be closed.


His order said it was be closed “consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice.”


Way back then he explained some suspects already had been there six years.


He then promised, “The detention facilities at Guantanamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order.”


He then set up a review process to evaluate the inmates.


But now, as his second term is winding down, he’s still trying to fulfill his promise.


The White House recently proposed to Congress that the Cuba facility should close.


Republican lawmakers, however, have remain staunchly opposed to bringing terror suspects into the United States and, in fact, have barred such moves.


“The Senate Armed Services Committee will closely scrutinize and hold hearings on the details of what the president submitted … but we can say now with confidence that the president has missed a major chance to convince the Congress and the American people that he has a responsible plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” Sen. John McCain said.


Obama has explained the extended delay in his plans by saying, “I wanted to make sure that we did it right.”


There are fewer than 100 still in Gitmo, and more than half of the remaining prisoners are Yemeni nationals.


Judicial Watch said, “Gitmo detainees returning to terrorism is nothing new and in fact has been widely reported by Judicial Watch for years. As far back as 2010 JW wrote about an ODNI report to Congress documenting that 150 former Gitmo prisoners were confirmed or suspected of ‘reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer.’ At the time the agency revealed that at least 83 ‘remain at large’ and that if additional detainees get released some will ‘reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities.'”


Judicial Watch cited on particular case earlier.


“In 2014, years after liberating an al-Qaida operative from Gitmo, the U.S. government put him on a global terrorist list and offered a $5 million reward for information on his whereabouts. It would almost be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.”


“The intelligence dispatch also certifies that former Gitmo detainees routinely communicate with each other, families of other former detainees and previous associates who are members of terrorist organizations,” JW reported.


“The reasons for communication span the mundane (reminiscing about shared experiences) to the nefarious (planning terrorist operations),” the ODNI report says. “We assess that some GTMO detainees transferred in the future will also communicate with other former GTMO detainees and persons in terrorist organizations.”


Examine this issue more closely, with “Muslim Brotherhood,” “Everlasting Hatred,” and “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist.”


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