DNI: ‘Confirmed’ That 116 Former Gitmo Detainees Returned to Terror or Insurgencies; If More Are Released More Will | CNS News

James Clapper - Director of National Intelligence

James Clapper – Director of National Intelligence

(CNSNews.com) – The Director of National Intelligence released a report this week indicating that the United States has “confirmed” that 116 detainees “transferred” out of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, subsequently reengaged in terrorist or insurgent activities.

The report also warned: “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.”

The DNI first publicly warned more than four years ago–in December 2010–that the number of then already “transferred” Guantanamo detainees returning to terror and insurgent activity would increase as time passed and that if additional detainees were released in the future some of those would also return to terrorist and insurgent activities.

Despite this warning, the DNI’s new report indicates that between Jan. 14, 2014 and Jan. 15, 2015 the U.S. government released an additional 33 Guantanamo detainees.

As pointed out in a statement released by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R.-Texas), the number of “transferred” Guantanamo detainees confirmed to have returned to terrorist or insurgent activity increased by 12 during that same January 2014 to January 2015 time frame.

Responding to the DNI’s new report, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R.-Calif.) said the administration should abandon its efforts to close Guantanamo.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (AP Photo)

“It is simple common sense that the most radical and dangerous Islamist terrorists–which are who we hold at Guantanamo Bay–will return to terrorism if given the chance,” Chairman Nunes told CNSNews.com. “That is why the Obama administration should stop hunting for pretexts to release them in a misguided attempt to close down the prison.”

As of Jan. 15, according to the DNI’s report, 647 detainees had been “transferred” from Guantanamo. Of these, 116 (or 17.9 percent) were confirmed to have reengaged in terrorist or insurgent activities and another 69 (or 10.7 percent) were suspected of having reengaged.

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