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NY Times Thinks the Glass is Fourteen Percent Empty

The NY Times is headlining that 1 in 7 of the released detainees return to terrorist activities. That’s 14 percent.
The truth is also that 86 percent of the detainees have not returned to terrorist activities.
While I’m not saying that the 74 people who have returned to doing bad things (although if you read the article it’s up in the air what “returning to terrorist activities” means) aren’t important, I am impressed with those other 462 released detainee who haven’t returned (or maybe were never part of) terrorist activities.
Fourteen percent! I wish that the US prison system had such a low rate of recidivism (repeat offenders).
As Americans we can’t justify jailing out of fear. We need due process. And if due process says we can’t hold them then we need to do what is right and let them go. We can’t let the fourteen percent boogie man scare us into being fascists. Heck, even if it was 86 percent, it is un-American to deny anyone due process no matter what they’ve done.

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