NYT’s Bumiller Bangs the Fear Drum — But for Whom?
Posted in: War on Terror
There’s a new New York Times article by Elizabeth Bumiller that’s headlined: "1 out of 7 freed detainees rejoins fight, report finds"[now re-titled Later Terror Link Cited for 1 in 7 Freed Detainees on line --Ed.]. Assuming that stats taken from unnamed sources and which reek of bogosity can be trusted, guess what? It’s a rate that’s far, far less than the rate of US prisoners in general, as even Bumiller admits:
Terrorism experts said a 14 percent recidivism rate was far lower than the rate for prisoners in the United States, which, they said, can run as high as 68 percent three years after release.
What’s more, ‘rejoining the fight’ doesn’t seem to mean returning to full-blown terror attacks:
They also said that while Americans might have a lower level of tolerance for recidivism among Guantánamo detainees, there was no evidence that any of those released had engaged in elaborate operations like the Sept. 11 attacks.
Now this all assumes that the detainee "recidivists" were actually terrorists in the first place and didn’t become terrorists as a direct result of being tortured and imprisoned at Gitmo and other facilities. And as Emptywheel points out, there’s the strong likelihood that many of the released detainees are working on our behalf.
My main question is: Why is Bumiller — or rather, her anonymous sources — doing this? What do they hope to gain?