An official from the US Department of Defense said Jan. 6 that about one in five detainees freed from the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay have returned to terrorist activities, according to a new Pentagon report. The report, which remains classified, shows an increase from the 14% recidivism rate reported last spring. That number was up from 11% in December 2008. The report was completed in late December, and officials have not released the raw numbers on which the 20% figure is based. Many human rights groups dispute the numbers, calling them inflated, and some reports have suggested that many Guantánamo detainees are innocent, never having engaged in terrorist activities in the first place. (Jurist, Jan. 7)
As we’ve asked before: Is it surprising that someone who spent years at Gitmo should perhaps be a wee bit teed off at the USA?