Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 11, 2013

Fact Check: Sen. John McCain's Gitmo exaggeration


Only 7 percent of the 71 prisoners released since Obama took office are either confirmed (three) or suspected (two) of returning to terrorist activities.

By contrast, nearly 31 percent of the 532 prisoners released under Bush later were confirmed (94) or suspected (70) of returning to the fight.

Our source is the unclassified report that the Director of National Intelligence is required by law to release at least every six months: “Summary of the Reengagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.” The most recent version was published March 4.

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