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Congress seeks answers about another Gitmo release backfire courtesy of Smart Power™

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By Doug Powers  •  February 19, 2016 01:16 PM

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Dozens of detainees remain at Gitmo, and President Obama is determined to make emptying the prison a reality during his presidency (except for the one guy who refuses to leave).

Here’s one more for the “legacy” books:

Ibrahim al Qosi, a former Gitmo inmate who the Obama administration released to Sudan in 2012 after clearing him as a low-level risk, has recently reemerged as a top leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to congressional leaders.

The Obama administration has released as many as 37 inmates from Guantanamo since 2015 as it pursues an effort to shut the prison down; as many as 17 detainees were freed in January alone. Fewer than 100 inmates remain imprisoned at the facility.

Al Qosi’s appearance in a new series of al Qaeda propaganda videos has prompted backlash on Capitol Hill from lawmakers who accuse the administration of not properly vetting inmates as it rushes to shutter Gitmo.

If they evaluate refugees with similar effectiveness, we’re in even more trouble than I thought.

**Written by Doug Powers

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