Over 200 former Guantanamo Bay inmates went back to terrorism after their release, according to a declassified report from the Office of National Intelligence.
The declassified NI report, marked for Dec. 18, 2020, stated that 229 Guantanamo prisoners returned to committing acts of terrorism and murdering Americans since getting released, the Daily Mail reported on Monday.
The report said that 125 former prisoners reengaged in terrorism, and another 104 were suspected of doing so.
The NI report stated that 151, or 66%, of the ex-Gitmo inmates were at large. Forty-one of the previous Guantanamo Bay prisoners were thought to have died, and another 37 of them were in foreign custody.
Khairullah Khairkhwa, who was arrested after the 9/11 attacks and kept at Guantanamo Bay from 2002-14, masterminded the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the NY Post reported just last week. He was released from Gitmo by former President Obama.
Then-President Trump signed an executive order to keep the Guantanamo Bay facility open. However, President Biden reversed Trump’s order with the intention of permanently closing it.
“Based on trends found during the previous 17 years, we believe that some detainees at GTMO will try to reengage in terrorist acts after they are moved,” the report said.
“Transfers to countries with ongoing internal instability and conflicts as well as recruitment by insurgents and terror groups might pose an increased amount of risk of reengagement.”
“While transfer conditions have probably deterred many detainees from reengagement, some detainees are determined to reengage and will do so regardless of any such conditions.”
State Dept. documents seen by the Daily Mail do confirm that Ruhani was among the very first prisoners held at Gitmo, where he was kept from 2002-07.
Ruhani got his freedom by informing an administrative review board that he was a “simple shopkeeper” who “aided Americans,” according to the documents looked at by the Daily Mail.
The Guantanamo Bay prison was created almost 20 years ago to detain the world’s top terrorists.
This comes at a time when Biden is coming under increasing criticism for the mis-managed but long-awaiting pull out from Afghanistan.
Author: Blake Ambrose