April 4, 2017
Azmat Khan was quoted in Vice News about President Trump's failure to appoint anyone to track former Guantanamo detainees:
“They are losing critical intelligence about where [former detainees] are now and how they are doing,” said Azmat Khan, a fellow at the New America Foundation who has written extensively on counterterrorism and Guantanamo.
The rate of detainees engaging in terrorism post-Guantanamo has gone down since the creation of the two envoy offices; only eight of the 182 detainees released during the Obama administration have been found engaged in the fight. “Having that position filled was extraordinarily helpful for released detainees’ lawyers and to make sure the released detainees were being held in safe areas,” Khan said. She added that congressional political pressure also made the Obama administration much more cautious than the Bush administration had been, one of the reasons the detention facility remains open.