McCaul Statement on DNI Report on Recidivism of Former GTMO Detainees

Report Shows Increase in the Number Former Detainees Returning to Terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (DNI) updated report on the number of detainees released from Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) who have reengaged in terrorism:

Chairman McCaul: “At a time when Islamist extremists are surging worldwide, President Obama’s policy of releasing hardened terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay facility is replenishing their ranks. This administration must reassess its reckless detainee policies and stop freeing terrorists. During testimony this week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter vowed that he would resist political pressure from the White House to fast-track further detainee releases. For the sake of homeland security and the safety of Americans, he must maintain that pledge.”

The DNI’s updated report, released yesterday, found that 12 more terrorists released from GTMO have returned to the battlefield over the last year, including six released by the Obama Administration. Overall, nearly 1 in 3 released detainees are known or suspected to have rejoined the fight.