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"Twenty percent isn't that bad"

Who said that and about what you ask?

How about John Brennan, Obama's counter terror chief, on the fact that 1 in 5 terrorists released from Gitmo have gone back to their terroristic ways:

The Pentagon's most recent study on the subject concluded that approximately 20 percent of Gitmo detainees have either been confirmed as, or are suspected of, returning to terrorism. Speaking at the Islamic Center at New York University on Saturday, Brennan reportedly downplayed the 20 percent figure, stating:

You know, the American penal system, the recidivism rate is up to something about 50 percent or so, as far as return to crime. Twenty percent isn't that bad,

Brennan may be agnostic on how to deal with potential "ticking time-bomb" scenarios. But at least he's clear that there's no real problem with the large-scale release of terrorists where we can expect one in five of them to engage in future terrorism

As Tom Joscelyn points out, however, terrorism is not an ordinary crime. Thus, it's ridiculous to compare terrorist recidivist rates to recidivist rates for ordinary criminals. For example, "a serial thief is not nearly as threatening as a former Gitmo detainee who blows himself up in Iraq, killing 13 Iraqis and wounding dozens more." (Joscelyn also notes that the recidivism rate for terrorists has been rising dramatically as we track their behavior over time, and is likely to continue to rise).

We need grownups in charge folks and not people like this.  This is beyond ridiculous... this is incompetence on a scale not seen in my lifetime.

Crossposted(*).


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Comments (11)

Maybe only one in five was ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Maybe only one in five was a "real" terrorist to begin with?

That's not the worst thing ... (Below threshold)
John:

That's not the worst thing he said he also said that we can't keep terriorist locked up forever. If you can keep a terrorist locked up forever who can you keep locked up forever.

I bet the other 4/5 have si... (Below threshold)
epador:

I bet the other 4/5 have simply returned to their Freedom Fighting ways.

With odd's like that, I'd f... (Below threshold)
914:

With odd's like that, I'd fly with those chap's any old time.

"20 percent of Gitmo detai... (Below threshold)
Will:

"20 percent of Gitmo detainees have either been confirmed as, or are suspected of, returning to terrorism."

They probably aren't counting the ones acting as recruiters, and fund raisers.

Well, if you're going to cl... (Below threshold)
Jake:

Well, if you're going to claim that Breenan is "incompetence on a scale not seen in my lifetime", then you'd just be wrong... considering this long record of service.

But hey, don't listen to facts. Just respond to Fox News marching orders.

jake [or is it "jakeass?"] ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

jake [or is it "jakeass?"] "But hey, don't listen to facts. Just respond to Fox News marching orders. "

As opposed to MSNBC/olberfoll marching orders?

Are Obama's appointees memb... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

Are Obama's appointees members really this stupid or are they grasping at anything that might cover their agenda to create more chaos?

When were they all released... (Below threshold)
Just John:

When were they all released?

"As opposed to MSNBC/olberf... (Below threshold)
Jake:

"As opposed to MSNBC/olberfoll marching orders?"

So you agree with me, then. Because yes, wether Fox or MSNBC, taking your marching orders just because the network gives them to you is idiotic and scary.

"So you agree with me, t... (Below threshold)
914:

"So you agree with me, then. Because yes, wether Fox or MSNBC, taking your marching orders just because the network gives them to you is idiotic and scary."


Yes it is... So stop doing it!





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