- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The United States now has indisputable evidence that released terrorist captives have a high likelihood of returning to enemy forces in the battle against America and its allies in Afghanistan. Whether released from the prison at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or from detention facilities near the places they are captured, the odds are that these enemy combatants will return to fight and kill American troops and allied forces.

This fact calls for new policies and legislation. This “catch and release” practice is no longer tolerable, and has largely been going on beneath the radar screen. Policies and legislation allowing for unlimited retention of enemy combatants must be developed, as must detention facilities that are designed and appropriately sited for this purpose.

When all is said and done, the policies, legislation and their methods of implementation during the Bush administration were realistic and effective for the type of war that America is engaged in with radical Islamic terrorism. While the Bush administration was constantly criticized by the liberal left for alleged human rights violations, that administration’s methods of dealing with enemy combatants was effective in preventing recurrences of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

BOB JACK

Las Vegas, Nev.

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