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    All the Guantanamo detainees are dangerous terrorists and cannot be released


    Almost half of Guantanamo detainees have been cleared for release

    Of the 166 prisoners who remained at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in 2013, 86 had already been cleared for release, and an interagency review described a majority of the detainees as low-level foreign fighters.

    CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen noted that “86 of the prisoners in Guantanamo were cleared for release three years ago following a year-long investigation of their cases by an interagency task force of officials at the Department of Justice, Pentagon, State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.”

    Indeed, the investigation found that a “majority of the detainees reviewed appear to have been foreign fighters with varying degrees of connection to al-Qaida, the Taliban, or associated groups, but who lacked a significant leadership or other specialized role.” The report continued:

    These detainees were typically captured in combat zones during the early stages of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, often by Northern Alliance troops or other allied forces, without being specifically targeted for capture by (or even known to) the U.S. military in advance. Many were relatively recent recruits to training camps in Afghanistan run by al-Qaida or other groups, where they received limited weapons training, but do not appear to have been among those selected for more advanced training geared toward terrorist operations abroad.