On February 13, 2010, the top White House advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, stated that a 20% recidivism rate for terrorists released from Club Gitmo wasn't that bad.
Brennan was comparing the terrorist recidivism rate with that of the United States prison system. In the U.S. prison system, the recidivism rate averages around 50%. Yet, Brennan seems to ignore that many prisoners in the United States aren't terrorists. The average criminal in the United States isn't intent on killing fellow Americans simply because they do not agree with one's own religious beliefs. The average criminal in the United States isn't out to wage jihad on innocent Americans if they do not adhere to the same religious practices. The average criminal isn't going to strap on explosive devices to their own body to blow up innocent civilians. The average criminal isn't going to behead American soldiers and journalists on television. And the real biggie: the average criminal isn't waging a war in the Middle East right now against America and our soldiers.
When a country is at war, as the United States is, doesn't it make sense to keep any enemies that are captured in custody until the war has ended? Those supportive of Obama will claim that Bush released prisoners from Club Gitmo, too. That is true. But what needs to be taken into context is that Bush had the Democrats, the media, and many liberals, breathing down his neck to do such a thing - and no pattern of recidivism had been established at the time. And for some insane reason, Bush always tried to play nice and placate those across the aisle. In hindsight, Bush should never have released terrorists from Gitmo. Years have now gone by and we KNOW that many terrorists released from Gitmo have gone back to the battlefields to fight and kill U.S. soldiers. Obama has the knowledge and past history of what happens when terrorists are set free, yet is still insisting on letting them go and closing Club Gitmo. Are we our own worst enemy?
20% of terrorists from Gitmo return to fight against us! Twenty percent! That is an increase of 6 points from last year.
The flippant, cavalier attitude of the White House advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, speaks volumes for how the White House perceives the terrorism threat. No big deal.
Clearly, the Obama White House thinks there are more important things to fight against....like FOXNews, Republicans, Conservatives, and people who go to Tea Parties and oppose Obama's socialist agenda!