The Washington Post reported that the Obama Administration believed that those who were released launched attacks against the U.S. Although most of the attacks were aimed at military personnel, one American civilian was killed in 2008, an American aid worker.
While it's true that those prisoners were all released under the Bush administration, it further supports the argument that President Obama's plan to completely shut down Guantanamo Bay is a risky one that should be avoided. Kelly Ayotte, argue that the administration's high classification level regarding the suspected attacks is their way of avoiding discussion about a politically sensitive topic. That amounts to roughly one out of every three released.
"Americans have a right to know how many of our North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and fellow citizens have been killed by former Guantanamo detainees and who killed them, and I reject any suggestion that it would jeopardize intelligence sources or methods to provide an unclassified response to these simple questions", Ayotte said in the letter.
"Unfortunately, there have been Americans that have died because of Guantanamo detainees", Paul Lewis, the Pentagon's special envoy for Guantanamo detention closure, said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
"We don't want anybody to die because we transfer detainees".
Currently, any information about these agreements is classified. The Bush administration ultimately transferred more than 500 out of Guantanamo and 158 have been transferred out under the Obama administration.
As the Post reports, a little less than 700 detainees have been released from Guantanamo since 2002 when the prison was created and there are 80 inmates still left there, including some of those involved in the planning of the 9/11 terrorists attack such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.