Several times, the Pentagon has repeated the canard that "1 in 7" former Guantanamo detainees has returned to the battlefield. Seton Hall Professor Mark Denbeaux has been diligent in contradicting the government's claims...
Today, the folks contesting the Pentagon's recidivism claims for former Gitmo detainees are getting a little help from the New America Foundation, in a report authored by reporter Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann that finds:
Contrary to recent assertions that one in seven, or 14 percent, of the former prisoners had "returned to the battlefield," our analysis of Pentagon reports, news stories, and other public records indicates that the number who were confirmed or suspected to be involved in anti-U.S. violence is closer to one in 25, or 4 percent.
Consider that in comparison, 2/3 of individuals incarcerated through the American criminal justice system are locked up again within six years. Now either terrorists are less committed to terrorism than your average criminal, Guantanamo has near-magical rehabilitative properties, or we're locking up a lot of people who aren't supposed to be there.
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