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The Obama Administration's Lack of Transparency on Gitmo Recidivism

The administration refuses to release the DIA's most recent studies on Gitmo recidivism.

4:17 PM, Sep 2, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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The DoD did not release the “most recent” version of the recidivism study to CNSNews.com, as it requested. And the Obama administration will not release the most recent version of the recidivism study to the public, even though there is a prior precedent for doing so.

The public never even got to see a declassified version of the study referenced by Brennan in February of this year. The last time a version was released was all the way back in May 2009 – well over a year ago – and that was in the aftermath of a leak.

CNSNews.com should be commended for pursuing this story, and trying to get the Obama administration to be more transparent in this regard. The publication did get some interesting nuggets, including a document authored in 2006 in which the DIA issued a troubling warning.

The DIA said that the release of detainees “from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East” led to a “corresponding increase in terrorist activity attributed to released GTMO detainees in those areas.” The DIA further worried about “those from Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa plugging back into the transnational terrorist networks they affiliated with prior to capture” because “[t]hose returning to transnational networks are more likely to be involved in future major acts of terrorism.” (Emphasis added.)

America’s allies in Europe and elsewhere, who the Obama administration has lobbied aggressively to take more detainees, should be interested in that assessment.

But it is clear that the DoD did not release the most recent recidivism reports to CNSNews.com. Those reports likely indicate that the total number of confirmed and suspected recidivists has risen to well above 100.

 Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. 

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