The military prison at Guantanamo Bay is a hot topic with the Obama Administration. They are hell bent on closing the place down. The argument goes that it would be cheaper to house the international terrorists in other federal facilities on U.S. soil, AND that the installation is being used as a recruiting tool for terrorists overseas.
Intelligence sources for any number of publications deny the latter argument. When it comes to the expense of housing the world’s most dangerous terrorists, the costs being discussed are negligible against keeping those people off the U.S. mainland. The real reason, though, to keep Guantanamo open – and the inmates in the prison – is the number of them that return to the fight after being turned over to other nations. We are told that this rate was much higher under George W. Bush’s presidency – a true statement, especially since that administration released far more terrorists than the Obama people have. Bush released the lower level people who were swept up with the masterminds, and yes, many of them returned to the fight.
However, according to reporting at Reuters, a dozen Guantanamo Alumni are suspected of returning to the fight just within the last six months.
The number of former Guantanamo Bay prison inmates who are suspected of having returned to fighting for militants doubled to 12 in the six months through January, the Obama administration said on Monday….
According to figures released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), as of Jan. 15 the United States also had confirmed that seven out of 144 Guantanamo prisoners who were freed since Obama took office in January 2009 have returned to fighting.
That was up from six since the ODNI’s previous release last July. The ODNI report is released every six months and does not give details on where or for which groups the former detainees are confirmed or suspected to be fighting.
And these are the people the Obama Administration wants to house in America’s federal prisons.
So far, Congress and the Pentagon have been able to stymie plans from the Obama White House to import the Guantanamo inmates into the mainland. Not only are there multiple hoops for the Secretary of Defense and the Pentagon to jump through before transferring these terrorists to other countries, but the facility cannot be closed without Congressional approval. In addition:
Republican Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a measure that would force the administration to publicize plans for transfers from Guantanamo.
Four other Republicans, Senators Richard Burr, Kelly Ayotte, Tom Cotton and presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, also introduced a bill that would bar Obama from returning the naval base at Guantanamo to Cuba without authorization from Congress.