“The U.S. House voted 244 to 174 on Thursday to approve Walorski’s legislation, which calls for the suspension of the Guantanamo inmate release program until the authorization of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 or the end of the president’s term”
In defense of her legislation, Walorski pointed to a recent “Reuters” report that claims that two more former Gitmo detainees have returned to fighting for terrorist organizations.
“I think this is a common sense issue,” Walorski told the Plain Dealer. “It’s a common sense national security thing. (President Barack Obama) is trying to complete a campaign promise at the risk of American lives. I don’t think it’s too much to ask that (inmate transfers cease) until the next president takes office.”
An unclassified report from the director of National Intelligence states that seven of the 144 detainees released by the Obama administration have returned to fighting, while an additional 12 former inmates are believed to have reengaged in combat.
The confirmed recidivism rate for inmates released under the Obama administration is lower than that of inmates released under the Bush administration – 4.9 percent to 20.9 percent, respectively, according to the report.
The intelligence report continues that former detainees who have been transferred to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal instability pose a greater recruitment and reengagement risk.
An additional 12.7 percent of former Gitmo detainees released over the last 11 years are believed to have reengaged in combat, the report states.
By: Mackenzi Klemann