In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) introduced this bill to ensure that detainees
from Guantanamo Bay aren’t released before there are sufficient
safeguards in place to prevent them from returning to terrorism:
terrorist detainees remaining in Guantanamo Bay are the worst of the
worst, and the administration’s plan to release an additional 20
detainees this year in an effort to fulfill a campaign promise puts
American lives at risk.”
This legislation has the support of 59 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.
Of Note: Guantanamo Bay’s detention facility at its peak held between 680 and 770 prisoners, but in recent years many have been released to foreign governments.
about the recidivism rate (basically the likelihood of returning to terrorism) of released Guantanamo Bay detainees has led
to analysis of the issue. According to the Director of National
Intelligence (DNI), about 184 of the 620 released detainees
-- which is 29.7 percent -- have either returned to terrorism or
suspected of returning to terrorism as of September 2014. 25 of those
184 released detainees are dead, and another 39 are in custody, leaving 120
at-large. Of those former detainees at-large, 59 have been
confirmed to be re-engaged in terrorism. One released detainee
returned to a leadership position in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
(AQAP) and has appeared in the group's propaganda videos.
As of September 9, 2016 a total of 61 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay, 20 of whom have been cleared for transfer.
A provision in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act would require written agreements with foreign governments that accept detainees transferred from Guantanamo Bay.
Media:Summary by Eric Revell