by Deb Cupples | The prison at Guantanamo is a popular subject these days. Days before President Obama took his oath of office, the Pentagon put out a very vague statement about the release of detainees. President Obama says he wants to close Guantanamo -- but not now, because there seem to be problems with closing it.
Also last week, media outlets repeatedly repeated a story about a large number of Guantanamo detainees who'd been let go and allegedly resumed to terrorist activities. CNN casts doubt on the statistics' validity:
"Security experts are questioning information released by the Pentagon last week, saying 61 former detainees from its detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may have returned to terrorist activities."
You can see the rest of the CNN report here.
CNN is not alone. Seton Hall law professor Mark Denbeaux also refutes the Defense Department's statements about Guantanamo detainees' recidivism:
"'They have counted people as "returning to the fight" for their having written an Op-ed piece in the New York Times and for their having appeared in a documentary exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival. The DOD has revised and retracted their internally conflicting definitions, criteria, and their numbers so often that they have ceased to have any meaning except as an effort to sway public opinion by painting a false portrait of the supposed dangers of these men.'
"'Forty-three times they have given numbers which conflict with each other, all of which are seriously undercut by the DOD statement that "they do not track" former detainees. Rather than making up numbers "willy-nilly" about post release conduct, America might be better served if our government actually kept track of them."
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