Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wire: Pentagon Says 1 in 7 Who Leave Guantanamo Involved in Terrorism

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2009 -- Newswire services today reported that the Pentagon said about 5 percent of terror suspects released from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay so far have returned to the fight against the U.S. and its allies.

The Associated Press noted that data released Tuesday suggests that an additional 9 percent of released Guantanamo detainees are suspected to have rejoined what the Pentagon defines as terrorist activity.

In all, 74 of over 530 detainees -- one in seven -- that have been released have either returned or are believed to have returned to the fight.

The Pentagon says it has fingerprints, DNA, photos or reliable intelligence to link 27 detainees to the war since their release. Some constitutional lawyers have disputed the data because it is not specific about the evidence used to track the detainees, AP also noted.

(Report from newswire sources.)

Source: Pentagon: 5 pct. of Gitmo detainees rejoined fight

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