All 15 of the Muslim detainees released by Barack Hussein Obama on Saturday were deemed “high risk by the Department of Defense reviews, and are considered a likely threat to the United States.”
Daily Caller Each detainee’s DOD review, according to The New York Times Guantanamo Docket, classified him as “High Risk” and noted “he is likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interests, and its allies.” Several of the detainee’s were also classified as “HIGH intelligence value.”
“The terrorists this administration just released include individuals who fought on the frontlines against U.S. and other coalition forces, targeted U.S. personnel with explosives, served as bin Laden bodyguards, and acted as al Qaeda IED experts,” Senator Kelly Ayotte said in a statement on Monday.
Guantanamo detainee’s have a history of returning to terrorist activity upon release. In early July, former Guantanamo bay detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab went missing in South America, after he likely bordered a flight with a fake passport. Dhiab was released to Uruguay by the Obama administration in 2014.
In 2007 the U.S. released Taliban commander Abdul Qayyum Zakir from Guantanamo Bay to the government of Afghanistan. Zakir was subsequently released from Afghan prison for no apparent reason whatsoever and returned to the Afghan battlefield as a senior commander. Zakir is reportedly heading military operations in Helmand province, where hundreds of U.S. marines died between 2001-2014.
The release was the largest single transfer of Guantanamo bay prisoners since Obama took office. Obama has made it a priority to close Guantanamo bay, believing its presence serves a recruiting tool for jihadist groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. 61 detainee’s remain in custody at Guantanamo Bay, and Obama has signalled he would like to close the prison before he leaves office.