Stakes are at high now with Biden’s pledge to shut down the Gitmo prison in Cuba established after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The recent swift Taliban takeover of Afghanistan due to President Joe Biden’s controversial vision on U.S. troop withdrawal from the country could mean former Gitmo inmates would instead return to their old path of killing and terrorizing.
According to The New York Post, President Joe Biden’s intelligence agencies had tried to warn him of the perils of continuing to release terrorist suspects out of the Guantanamo Bay prison. But, instead, they said that one in every three of them would likely return to their old route of taking others’ lives.
“Based on trends identified during the past 17 years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred,” a recent U.S. intelligence report revealed, according to the outlet.
The Office of National Intelligence’s declassified report dated back to Dec. 2020 disclosed that 229 of the 729 inmates released from Gitmo had returned to terrorist operations, including performing and plotting attacks, as well as recruiting and financing terrorists.
That was a 31% recidivism rate, the news media noted, noting that the percentage would be substantially higher if U.S. intelligence included anti-U.S. remarks or propaganda in their definition of “terrorist activities.”
Of concern was that only 44% of the 229 resumed terrorists had died or been apprehended again, while the rest remained outside, continuing their cruel pursuit.
Although the precise number was classified, at least 12 of the released Gitmo detainees had organized attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan, killing roughly a half-dozen U.S. servicemen and civilians.
The New York Post said counterterrorism experts expected that more former Gitmo inmates may join the Taliban and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan now that the insurgent group has rapidly taken control of the country.
Alarmingly, the United States had released more than 200 Afghan detainees from Gitmo. And many high potential terrorist prisoners could easily secure their release in parole hearings by blurting out sorrowful narratives that their relatives at home needed them.
One of the Taliban fighters present at the presidential palace in Kabul last Sunday was in fact a Gitmo alumni. The U.S. granted his freedom back to Afghanistan after he vowed to go back to be with his sick father and run their family shop.
Meanwhile, Biden decided to overrule President Trump’s executive decision to keep Gitmo open shortly after taking office, and is now queuing up convicts to be transferred out of the jail with the goal of emptying and shuttering it.
Both the Biden and Obama administrations would condone paroling the highly dangerous Gitmo inmates on the conditions that the Muslim countries taking custody of them will ensure their rehabilitation process.
Yet, there is no guarantee the transfer conditions would play the deterrent role it is supposed to.
“While enforcement of transfer conditions probably has deterred many former detainees from reengagement, some detainees determined to reengage have and will do so regardless of any transfer conditions,” said the report.
The document added that most of the detainees would regularly retain their connections with each other, families of other former detainees, and members of terrorist organizations.
Republicans and counterterrorism experts have criticized Biden’s move to close Gitmo, a prison with high security that would ensure the terrorist suspects are properly handled.
To close the prison, many high-potential terrorists would have to be relocated in countries with an inadequate track record of rehabilitating and monitoring these violent jihads.
According to the outlet, some could be sent back to Yemen, a place too unstable to hold them, while others may be kept in U.S. prisons that do not offer the same level of security as Gitmo.
In the case of dangerous individuals such as suspected 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, if he were to be moved to the United States and stand trial there, he would just enjoy the same rights as U.S. residents. The consequences would be a total mess.
According to Reuters, supporters of closing the U.S.–run prison had pointed to the harsh interrogation methods resembling torture at the facility.
However, considering Biden’s rush to pull the U.S. military from Afghanistan had resulted in disaster and chaos, perhaps it should be time also to revise his decision about Gitmo prison.