American officials are learning what Israelis found out through painful experience. If you release a suspected terrorist, there's a good chance he'll return to his evil ways, baby.
Israelis have often returned dozens of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a single Israeli held by the Palestinians. Sadly, it isn't unusual for some of those released to then participate in terrorist attacks against Israel. Now there are indications that many of those released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility over lack of evidence that they were engaged in terrorist activities are turning - or returning - to terrorism.
The reported recidivism rate is pretty high. Some 74 released detainees have been identified as terrorists today. That's the 74 they've been able to track.
This becomes an even bigger issue with the move by the Obama administration toward closing Gitmo. Clearly, those who are being held who are not terrorists should be released. But with so many former detainees being identified as terrorists, a better job of determining who and who should not be released needs to be developed.