Seemingly intent on releasing all of the prisoners from the United States military prison at Guantanamo Bay, President Obama has been finding some rather creative reasons for freeing suspected terrorists.
According to the New York Post, “'one al Qaeda suspect captured in Afghanistan is considered reformed because he took up yoga and read a biography of the Dalai Lama. Another is eligible for release because of his ‘positive attitude.’” Yet another detainee is being released because he promises to start a “milk and honey farm.”
Upon inauguration in 2009, President Obama vowed to close down the infamous military prison established by the Bush Administration in 2002. It seems that he is very close to realizing this goal, much to the exuberance of many human rights activists.
In fact, 78 of the remaining 149 detainees at Guantanamo Bay have been cleared for release, meaning it is only a matter of time until all are freed, most likely. Nevertheless, Guantanamo prisoners are returning to violent and terroristic activities at an alarming rate.
Just last week, CNN posted some startling statistics on prisoners freed from Guantanamo Bay. At its peak, Guantanamo Bay was host to 770 prisoners. Today, there are 149 detainees at the military prison. While some have died at the prison, roughly 600 men have been freed and sent back to their home countries, while it seems that the rest will not have to wait long before being freed.
Of the estimated 600 prisoners who have been freed from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, 100 have returned to fighting for certain, while an estimated 70 are suspected of having reverted back to violence. This means that somewhere between 25% and 30% of freed Guantanamo detainees return to violence.
While only time will tell what the consequences of releasing these men will be, it is known that one of the five Guantanamo prisoners freed just last week has already vowed to return to fighting Americans in Afghanistan.