- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The number of former Guantanamo Bay detainees suspected of reengaging in terrorism after they were released from the prison facility by the Obama administration has doubled from six to 12 as of January, according to federal data released Tuesday.

Of the 144 detainees released under President Obama, the number now confirmed to have rejoined terrorist groups is seven, according to the report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The number of detainees released under the Obama administration that intelligence analysts suspect have reengaged in terrorist activities is now 12.

In addition, another former detainee who was released under President George W. Bush is now also suspected of reengaging.

That bring the total to 118 of 676 former prisoners released under both presidents that are now confirmed to be reengaging in terrorism, while another 86 are suspected of doing so.

The report warns that some detainees being held at Guantanamo could rejoin militant groups if released in the future.

“Based on trends identified during the past eleven years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred,” the intelligence report said. “Transfers to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal instability, as well as recruitment by insurgent and terrorist organizations, could pose problems.”

The report warns that while enforcement of strict transfer conditions may prevent some detainees from reengaging in terrorist activities, “some detainees who are determined to reengage will do so regardless of any transfer conditions.”

The report comes nearly a month after Mr. Obama unveiled his plans to shut down the detention center in Cuba and move the 91 remaining detainees to a U.S. facility — a plan that was swiftly rejected by Republicans in Congress.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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