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Obama’s State Department: ‘Very few’ released Gitmo terrorists return to terrorism

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The Obama administration put its trademark spin on the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees earlier this week.

The president released 15 detainees, the single largest release of his presidency, to the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon announced Monday.

The three Afghan and three Yemeni former prisoners are considered to be “among the worst” the detention camp facility had to offer, according to U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

But that means little to Obama, who is on a mad dash to fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to close the detention center at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

A reporter asked State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Tuesday what risk, if any, these detainees could pose to U.S. national security and received this supine response.

“The detainees have been vetted through what is a very rigorous process, and I can assure you that it’s a very rigorous process — looked at all of the, you know, whether they would return to the battlefield,” he said. “Recidivism, I guess, is the terminology used. Is it 100 percent foolproof? Have there been no cases or zero cases of this happening? Well, no. There have been cases of it, but very few.”

The Obama administration admitted in June that it knows of 12 such cases where former Gitmo prisoners returned to the battlefield.

Considering that it takes one terrorist to kill dozens or more, that doesn’t provide much solace.

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Carmine Sabia

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