See No Evil
10:05 PM, May 20, 2009 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The Times says that the latest report names only 29 of the 74 alleged recidivists. The other 45 former detainees are not named. With respect to the June 2008 report, critics complained that the DOD did not provide evidence for each alleged recidivist. Some of this evidence is likely sensitive, but the DOD should do its best to release as much of it as possible. The Times takes the critics' complaint a step further, claiming "only a few of the 29 people who are identified by name can be independently verified as having engaged in terrorism since their release."
But that is not true. Earlier this year, for example, the Saudis placed 11 former Gitmo detainees on its most wanted list. One of these former detainees has since turned himself in and admitted that he had, in fact, rejoined al Qaeda's ranks. We can be reasonably sure that the other 10 former detainees on the Saudi list are up to no good as well. It was a major embarrassment for the Saudis to admit that their rehabilitation program was not as effective as previously claimed. And one of these 10 detainees has assumed a leadership position in al Qaeda's arm on the Arabian Peninsula. We know this because he has taunted us in an al Qaeda propaganda video.
It would be surprising if most, if not all, of the 11 former detainees on the Saudi list were not also on the DOD's list.
Other former detainees who have rejoined the fight are easy to identify as well. One former detainee, Abdullah al Ajmi, blew himself up in Mosul, Iraq. Another, who became a Taliban commander upon release, blew himself up in Pakistan in order to avoid recapture. Still others have been convicted by foreign courts of plotting terror after their release.
You get the point--there are plenty of publicly available examples.
But the public deserves to see the Pentagon's latest report, as well as regular updates.
It is now clear that the Pentagon believes former Guantanamo detainees are rejoining the fight virtually every month.