Freed Guantanamo Bay detainees 'returned to battlefield'

Donald Trump said on Tuesday that 122 "vicious prisoners" freed from Guantánamo Bay by Barack Obama had "returned to the battlefield".

According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), 122 former Guantánamo detainees released under both former Presidents George W. Bush (113) and Obama (9) were confirmed to have returned to terrorism as of mid-July 2016. "Just another bad decision!"

At least every six months, the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), who oversees the USA intelligence community, publishes details of how many former Guantanamo Bay prisoners are "confirmed or suspected of returning to terrorist activities after release or transfer".

Trump's tweets appear to come from a mix of conservative sources, as seems the case with his Saturday tweets of an unsubstantiated allegation that President Obama tapped his phones before the election.

Fox News cited the 122 released prisoners in a story about one of those nine, Yasir Al-Silmi, whom the Trump administration killed this week in a drone strike in Yemen.

At 7:04 a.m., Trump tweeted the same statistic - and blamed all 122 releases on former President Barack Obama. Fox News host Sean Hannity responded to a tweet last week from former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett denying the wire tap, suggesting a "Shadow Government" was made up of "Deep state swap of Obama holdovers and DC lifers".

Of course, a White House staff's de facto job is to stick up for the president.

Trump continued piling on Obama in another Tuesday morning tweet, writing, "For eight years Russian Federation "ran over" President Obama, got stronger and stronger, picked-off Crimea and added missiles".

But an Intelligence Community report on re-engaged detainees shows that Bush allowed almost all of those releases.

His tweet came after a former Gitmo detainee died in a US airstrike in Yemen last week.

President Obama promised to close the Guantanamo detainee camp, insisting it fostered extremist violence against the U.S. The foundation has not updated the report since then.

The Central Claim of the Tweet is Affirmatively False.

  • Leroy Wright