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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.

Gitmo detaineesClosing 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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Carol L. Newell

Now, are't you glad you elected this man as president?!?

December 09 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gmrgwho

What do you expect...right or wrong...these men are fighting for more than a country...they are fighting for their way of life...they can't go back to where they came from and change the way they live in an enviroment that hasn't changed...DUH

December 09 2010 at 10:34 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
revblueroof

Seeing that their detainment was a terrorist act, in violation of the US Constitution and international law, what did people expect. We acted like the people we clain to detest, arresting people with out warrents, depriving them of legal counsel, never being formally charged, tourtured, all in the name of american justice, just like Iran, China and North Korea. If we support the over throw of these govenments because we dislike them, why shouldn't we expect the victums of the Bush administration to think like widw about us.

December 08 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Jamie Warren

Well what did they think they were going to do when they released them? GO FISHING!

December 08 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
vicbar88

Anyone involved in the release of these terrorists needs to be held directly accountable and liable for any acts of terror committed after their release. They need to be treated just like any other person who aids criminal behavior. It is called an accomplice.

December 08 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
ddan8719

naw...who wouda thunk...

December 08 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
Alicia

i guess we know what side Obama is on. they kill, we lock them up and he sets them free because of 'harsh conditions' when many of them blew up building and murdered hundreds of people. prison isn't suppose to be nice its a place for bad people but Obama wants them to live like kings i guess.

December 08 2010 at 12:30 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
Joseph

No way! Say it isn't so...

December 08 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
ashespaw

And this surprised us because?????

December 08 2010 at 11:35 AM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
jlopesconcrete

We send young men into battle to catch our enemies only to have liberal judges and media propaganda set them free to do us more harm. The biggest terrorists are in our own country. They are liberals and progressives disguised as the state run media, most judges, The ACLU, most college professors, most union leaders, and most politicians. Outside our borders, they are called the United nations. Until we wake up and get rid of political correctness, start jailing our politicians for their failures, lies and crimes against the people, start racial profiling, we will continue on this downward spiral into oblivion. We will be exterminated. We will continue to radiate(poison) ourselves if we need to travel or expose ourselves to ilegal searches via the TSA. Our rights are dissapearing right before our eyes and we sit back and do little to stop it.

December 08 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply

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