Former CIA Officer: Admin's Release of Gitmo Prisoners Is 'Insane'
President Obama is taking heat from Congress for releasing five more prisoners from Guantanamo Bay just a week after the terror attacks in Paris.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the move yesterday, saying, "It would also be unwise to neglect the fact that the prison at Guantanamo Bay continues to inspire violent acts around the globe."
Retired CIA officer Gary Berntsen said that's "nonsense" on "Fox and Friends Weekend" today. He also called into question Earnest's claim that only 6-percent of the men released from Gitmo have returned to fight for the enemy.
"How the United States is able to keep track of this when don’t know where these people are is a mystery to me," Berntsen said. "There’s absolutely no way it’s 6-percent ... I tell you the numbers have got to be at least 50-percent."
Berntsen added that releasing these men is actually inspiring a growth in jihadism.
"These guys that we released, the leaders of the Taliban, to Qatar, they are able to communicate with their people, inspire their people, keep the movement going. And Americans are still fighting on the ground there."
"Many of these people that we captured would tell us right to our faces: We’re going to be released and kill you and your families when we get out," Berntsen revealed.
"That’s their attitude. Because they don’t believe the United States is going to act harshly against them. They see the light at the end of the tunnel, they want to continue the fight against us. And the administration’s release of these guys is insane."
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