U.S. Official Defends Plan to Close Guantanamo

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Official is defending the Obama administration's efforts to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, saying a minimal number of released detainees are suspected of returning to the fight.
Lee Wolosky, the State Department's special envoy for closing Guantanamo, told Congress on Thursday that the latest intelligence report on the issue indicates 19 of some 144 detainees who were transferred out of the prison during President Barack Obama's tenure have either re-engaged in terrorist or insurgent activity or are suspected of returning to the fight.
Wolosky faced intense questioning from lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee who believe the president is being reckless about emptying the facility.
Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California argued that some countries are not prepared to track the detainees after their release.