“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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