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61 recidivist ‘terrorists’, actually 18 (maybe)

Wild-eyed right-wingers tossed around this ‘fact’ last week that 61 (suspected) terrorists that were released from Gitmo returned to the battlefield in Jihad against America. Well, it turns out that’s not quite accurate.

. . . a Defense Department spokesman declared: “The new numbers [for recidivists] are, we believe, 18 confirmed and 43 suspected of returning to the fight. So 61 in all former Guantanamo detainees are confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight.” Many news organizations did the math – 18 plus 43 equals 61 -but negligently failed to include the important qualifier “suspected” for the “43” figure. Moreover, there is reason to doubt the accuracy of even the “18” figure the Pentagon seems more sure about.

As a commenter on television said, even if this number is correct, it pales in comparison to the thousands recruited as a result of abuse and torture conducted at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo — the best recruiting tool al Qaeda has.

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