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Report: Detainees a Real Threat

Posted Jul 25, 2007 3:15 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A report that reviews the terrorist threat posed by detainees at Guantanamo Bay counters assertions that many of those being held are lower-level terrorist sympathizers.

The report concludes that 73 percent of the detainees are a “demonstrated threat” to U.S. or coalition forces and 95 percent are at least a potential threat, the New York Times reports.

“The report released today is essentially the military’s rebuttal of growing assertions by advocates for detainees that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay is filled with hapless innocents and low-level cooks and other support personnel who pose no real threat,” the New York Times says.

The report (PDF) was prepared by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Researchers analyzed military summaries of unclassified evidence, reaching conclusions at odds with a 2006 report issued by detainee lawyers and the Seton Hall University School of Law.

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