Of the 66 Guantanamo Bay detainees freed in the two years since President Obama took office, a handful are suspected of going back to their terrorist ways, according to a new report by the Director of National Intelligence.
Two of the released inmates "are confirmed" as re-engaging in terrorism or insurgencies, and another three are suspected of such activities, says an ABC News
account of the report from DNI Director James Clapper
. The five former detainees are not named in the unclassified summary version of the report.
As of Oct. 1, the Pentagon had transferred nearly 600 detainees from Gitmo -- dating back to the Bush administration -- to the custody of other countries. "The Intelligence Community assesses that 81 (13.5 percent) are confirmed and 69 (11.5 percent) are suspected of re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities," the report states. Of those 150, 13 are dead, 54 are back in custody and 83 remain at large.
Closing the detention center at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station
in Cuba was one of President Obama's most passionate campaign promises
. But finding places to move the prisoners has delayed implementation of that pledge, which is now called a "goal." The facility was opened under President Bush as a place to hold terrorists -- and suspected terrorists -- captured by coalition forces in the administration's war against terror. Some of them have been held without formal charges for years.
"The president has also made it clear that he will move toward that goal [closing Gitmo] in a way that best protects the American people," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said in a statement. "We take any incidence of recidivism very seriously. We will deal with recidivists the way we deal with any individual who threatens our national security: by working to bring them to justice."
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