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February 15, 2010

Obama Admin: 20% Recidivist Rate for Terrorists "Isn't That Bad"

Really?

[National Security Adviser] Gen. Jim Jones defended Brennan, the president's top counterterrorism adviser, after Brennan on Saturday compared the U.S. criminal recidivism rate of 50 percent to the one in five terrorists who are released to other nations and return to the battlefield.

"Twenty percent isn't that bad," Brennan said.

Jones said the United States has to make sure to do the best it can, but it's unrealistic to think no terrorist allowed to go free won't return to battle.

"It's never going to be zero," Jones said on "Fox News Sunday." "We have a long history of having convicted terrorist in federal courts, locking them up for many, many years and doing the best we can, but zero is not going to be the standard in which we try to achieve it."

Lawfare at its worst. Jones makes the idiotic comparison of terrorism to crime. He makes a fundamental assumption that terrorists should be "allowed to go free", something not required by domestic or international law exactly because a detained combatant may rejoin the fighting.


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