Today, the administration fires back at what they see as a concerted effort to turn every detainee into a political wedge issue.
The National Security Adviser, James Jones, sent a letter this morning to the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, David Obey, and the ranking Republican, Rep. Jerry Lewis, responding to Lewis' call for an immediate halt to repatriations and the stoppage of all activity related to the closure of the prison. APNSA Letter to Chairman Obey.pdf
It notes that the administration has been able to
resettle 33 detainees to 13 different countries. It addresses the issue
of recidivism and whether the intelligence community has sufficient
input into the detainee transfer process, noting that all 33 third-party re-settlements were approved unanimously by all national security
stakeholders. It suggests that several of those detainees are subject
to restrictions (and maybe surveillance) by their host countries. It
notes that the Joint Interagency Review of all detainees produced a
classified report that is available to all members of Congress and
provides notification and classified annexes to Congress before any
detainee is transferred. From 2002 to 2008, that information was not
provided to Congress.
The letter doesn't refer to what the intelligence
community has concluded about recidivism, but a senior U.S. official
tells me that the Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that just 11 of the entire class of 525
former detainees have returned to the battlefield in
some capacity and are still at large.
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