WATCH: Fox News Fact-Checks Obama's Gitmo Statistics
President Obama in a new interview vowed to forge ahead with plans to shut down Guantanamo Bay, despite concerns about the threat posed by released Guantanamo detainees.
Jennifer Griffin put the president’s remarks to the test tonight on “Special Report.”
Obama: “I am absolutely persuaded, as are my top intelligence and military advisors, that Guantanamo is used as a recruitment tool for organizations like ISIS.”
That may not be true.
Guantanamo Bay has reportedly played far less of a role in ISIS propaganda videos than it did a few years ago in Usama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda, Griffin said.
Obama: “Out of four or five, six hundred people that get released … a handful of them are going to be embittered, and still engaging in anti-U.S. activities.”
It may not be as few as that.
As of July 2015, 17.9 percent of former Gitmo detainees are confirmed to have returned to the battlefield, said Griffin.
Another 12.1 percent are suspected of returning to terrorism, which adds up to a total rate of 30 percent.
Obama: Only low-level commanders have been released from the facility.
But that may not be the case any longer.
All the low-level fighters were let go early on, a senior U.S. official told Fox News.
“Now, of the 107 who remain, only the hardcore are left,” said Griffin.
Watch more of Griffin’s report, above.