Friday, January 23, 2009

From Media Matters for America:

Media advance falsehood that Pentagon has confirmed that 61 former Guantánamo detainees have returned to battlefield

Since President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring that the Pentagon's detention facilities at Guantánamo be closed within a year, numerous media figures and outlets have repeated or failed to challenge the claim that 61 former detainees held there have returned to the battlefield. In fact, the figure, which comes from the Pentagon, includes 43 former prisoners who are suspected of, but have not been confirmed as, having "return[ed] to the fight."

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