Senator Bond says America needs to be extra careful when it comes to releasing detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and points to a recent report from the Director of National Intelligence.
The report says one in four of the detainees released from Guantanamo Bay are confirmed or suspected to have returned to the battlefield.
“We have 81 who are confirmed to be re-engaging in terrorist activities. Some of them are training, some of them are fighting on the battlefield, some of them are engaged in planning or carrying out attacks on the homeland… We’ve already seen troops killed in battle,” Bond said.
Senator Bond says this could be tragic, considering it only took 19 terrorists to pull off the attack on 9/11.
“Some of these people want very much to re-visit the United States, the homeland, and see if they can’t do better than 9/11. That’s what they’re all about,” Bond said.
Bond hopes this report sends a message to the Obama Administration.
“These numbers confirm that the safest place for these terrorists is the secure prison at Guantanamo Bay. The numbers confirm the need for the Administration to abandon its foolish campaign promise to close the terror prison at Gitmo and instead put the safety of our troops overseas and Americans here at home first,” Bond said. “I have seen too many people in this Administration that say, ‘Well if we can’t try them in the U.S. civilian courts then we’ll let them loose.’ That is sheer nonsense. If we try them in courts they get information they shouldn’t have and leak it to their fellow terrorists back in their homelands.”
Even though he’s on his way out of the Senate, Bond wants to do something about this.
“I’m working to introduce for consideration of the next Congress a ‘law of war’ bill which makes clear that we can hold prisoners of war. We’ve always held prisoners of war and not let them go back to the battlefield,” Bond said.
66 detainees have been released under the Obama administration. More than 500 were released under President Bush. The report found 150 former detainees that were either confirmed or suspected of returning to terrorist activity after their release.