12 RELEASED GUANTANAMO PRISONERS KILL AMERICANS: ADMINISTRATION WON’T RELEASE DETAILS

SENATORS AYOTTE (R-NH) AND ROYCE (R-CA) ARE OUTRAGED!!!!!!!!


In March, a senior Pentagon official made a startling admission to lawmakers when he acknowledged that former Guantanamo inmates were responsible for the deaths of Americans overseas.
The official, Paul Lewis, who oversees Guantanamo issues at the Defense Department, provided no details, and the Obama administration has since declined to elaborate publicly on his statement because the intelligence behind it is classified.
But The Washington Post has learned additional details about the suspected attacks, including the approximate number of detainees and victims involved and the fact that, while most of the incidents were directed at military personnel, the dead also included one American civilian: a female aid worker who died in Afghanistan in 2008. 

The official added: “Because many of these incidents were large-scale firefights in a war zone, we cannot always distinguish whether Americans were killed by the former detainees or by others in the same fight.”
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), a vocal opponent of Obama’s Guantanamo policy states, “There appears to be a consistent and concerted effort by the Administration to prevent Americans from knowing the truth regarding the terrorist activities and affiliations of past and present Guantanamo detainees,” Ayotte wrote in a letter to Obama this week, urging him to declassify information about how many U.S. and NATO personnel have been killed by former detainees.
Rep. Edward R. Royce (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said:
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“The administration is releasing dangerous terrorists to countries that can’t control them, and misleading Congress in the process,” Royce said in a statement. “The president should halt detainee transfers immediately and be honest with the American people.”
Just under 700 detainees have been released from Guantanamo since the prison opened in 2002; 80 inmates remain.
National Security Council spokesman Myles Caggins said it was difficult to discuss specific cases in detail because the information was classified.

“But, again, we are committed to being forthcoming with the American people about our safe and responsible approach to Guantanamo detainee transfers, including about possible detainee re-engagement in terrorist activities,” he said.
Administration officials say that recidivism rates for released Guantanamo inmates remain far lower than those for federal offenders. According to a recent study, almost half of all federal offenders released in 2005 were “rearrested for a new crime or rearrested for a violation of supervision conditions.” Among former Guantanamo detainees, the total number of released detainees who are suspected or confirmed of reengaging is about 30 percent, according to U.S. intelligence.

Nearly 21 percent of those released prior to 2009 have reengaged in militancy, officials say, compared with about 4.5 percent of the 158 released by Obama.

NOTE: There were 12 former Guantanamo detainees who have been implicated in joining the fight against Americans in Afghanistan.   There is no way to determine if there were any American deaths resulted from the direct action of these 12.  Most, if not all, are now deceased.  But for all of Republican outrage over this and the Obama Administration’s refusal to provide "more details," perhaps Senators Ayotte (R-dkdkd) and Edward Royce (R-CA) might not have understood the following:

 All 12 of these people were released by the George Bush Administration. 

Let me repeat so that perhaps Senators Ayotte and Royce will take notice:


 All 12 of these people were released by the George Bush Administration. 



Guantanamo was and continues to be a national embarrassment and a stain on America's reputation for equality and justice under the law.   Its closure was one of Obama's 2008 campaign promises.  Despite repeated attempts over the past seven years by his administration, Republicans have thwarted every attempt. Their reasoning?   

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