Profile of Released Guantánamo Detainees: The Government’s Story Then and Now

78 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2012

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Mark Denbeaux

Seton Hall University, School of Law

Joshua W. Denbeaux

Denbeaux & Denbeaux

R. David Gratz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paul W. Taylor

Seton Hall University - School of Law - Center for Policy & Research

Adam Deutsch

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gabrielle Hughes

Independent

Michael Patterson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Gregorek

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 15, 2012

Abstract

A review of the Department of Defense’s own data reveals that there is not a consistent practice of releasing Guantanamo Bay detainees based on their alleged association to al Qaeda and/or the Taliban. In addition, the number of charges against any given detainee does not seem to affect his release date. Instead, the only constant correlation to detainees who are released earlier than others is the nationality of those released. A finding that the only causal relation to release date is nationality shows that either the Department of Defense never believed their own allegations for the basis of detention, or that they knowingly released individuals they believed to be dangerous.

Keywords: Guantanamo, detainee, Al Qaeda, Taliban, terrorist, terrorism, war on terror, Osama bin Laden, enemy combatant, habeas corpus, hostile acts, Uighers, Pakistan, Northern Alliance, Coalition

Suggested Citation

Denbeaux, Mark and Denbeaux, Joshua W. and Gratz, R. David and Taylor, Paul W. and Deutsch, Adam and Hughes, Gabrielle and Patterson, Michael and Gregorek, John Walter, Profile of Released Guantánamo Detainees: The Government’s Story Then and Now (January 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1985701 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1985701

Mark Denbeaux

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Joshua W. Denbeaux

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R. David Gratz

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Paul W. Taylor (Contact Author)

Seton Hall University - School of Law - Center for Policy & Research ( email )

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Adam Deutsch

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Gabrielle Hughes

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Michael Patterson

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John Walter Gregorek

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