Here we go again, this time in the form of a concern trolling op-ed that is very concerned that we are not torturing enough:
THE Pentagon now confirms that at least 74 former Guantanamo detainees have resumed terror ist activities after claiming they weren’t terrorists.
Such recidivism points up an alarming intelligence failure.
These dangerous prisoners should never have been cleared for release. Why did interrogators fail to find the cracks in their stories and alibis?
Why wasn’t more intelligence gathered to predict they’d rejoin al Qaeda or the Taliban?
In a word, politics. Gitmo interrogations have been emasculated to placate critics of waterboarding and other “torture,” say two senior officials there.
This has to be the most repeated study since Masters and Johnson, and every time it is repeated, it is done so incorrectly. You can read the report here via ABC News- Guantanamo Recidivism (.pdf). For those of you who do not have .pdf, here is an important snippet which is never mentioned:
So depending on how you define “suspected” and “terrorist activity,” this rapidly becomes a lot less sensational. But here is the most important part, and the part that is almost never discussed. Every single Gitmo detainee who was released and appears on this list, starting with Sabi Jahn Abdul Ghafour and going all the way to Haji Sahib Rohullah Wakil, happened during the Bush administration. Every single one was released between 2003 and 2008, with the bulk being released before 2005 and then another burst of releases in 2007.
In other words, all those harsh interrogation techniques presumably were used on these individuals, and the Bush administration let them go anyway. The NY Post author has no idea what he is talking about.
I’m sure you are shocked.