U.S. confirms four more freed Guantanamo inmates rejoined militant groups this year

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – JTF Guard Force Troopers transport a detainee to the detainee hospital located adjacent to Camp Four, Dec. 27, 2007. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Billings)

The Director of National Intelligence, after consultation wit the Director of the CIA has confirmed, has confirmed four more militants -released from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba- have returned to fighting.

On Wednesday, the information was released in a “GTMO Unclass CDA Response” report which covers the first six months of 2016 -ending on July 15.  The vague report does not publicly name the former detainees, nor does it provide details about militant activities in which they allegedly engaged.

But the report does states that “engagement in anti-US statements or propaganda does not qualify as terrorist or insurgent activity.”

To be confirmed as reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activity, there must be a “preponderance of information which identifies a specific former GTMO detainee as directly involved in terrorist or insurgent activities.”

U.S. intelligence agencies have found that detainees routinely communicate with each other, families of other former detainees, and previous associates who are members of terrorist organizations after their release.

Detainees topics of  conversation range from “reminiscing about shared experiences” to planning terrorist operations, according to the report. U.S. intelligence does not consider speaking with known terrorists or organizations a qualification or indicator or reengaging in terrorist activity.

The detainees motives and intentions for the communication are considered before the decision to confirm as reengaging is made.

A figure in the report states 113 of the 532 detainees released prior to 2009 – 21.2 percent – have returned to fighting, while only nine detainees have re-engaged -5.6 percent- of the prisoners released since 2009.

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