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NAF: A Four Percent Guantanamo Recidivism Rate

Via Adam Serwer at Tapped, the New America Foundation has a new report out addressing that slippery, demagoguery-filled claim about Guantanamo detainees

Alberto Thompson
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jul 20, 2009

Via Adam Serwer at Tapped, the New America Foundation has a new report out addressing that slippery, demagoguery-filled claim about Guantanamo detainees “returning” to the battlefield after the Bush administration released them.

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.

Worth remembering: this matches the figure that Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave in congressional testimony in January.

Alberto Thompson | I live in Vancouver, Canada, and work as a web developer and graphic designer. Back end programming (PHP, Django/Python, Ruby on Rails) to front end engineering (HTML, CSS, and jQuery/Javascript), digital usability, user interface, and graphic design are all areas of web development where I spend my days. I'm a huge fan of web creation and design in all of its forms, as well as assisting small businesses and artisans with their online presence.

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