During a White House press briefing on Monday, Press Sec. Jay Carney was asked if he could assure the American people that the Taliban prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would not pose a threat to Americans. While Carney insisted that the released prisoners did not pose a threat to Americans, he refused to insist that the Taliban fighters would not return to Afghanistan to join their former colleagues.
When asked how the U.S. could guarantee that these five former detainees would not return to “Taliban activities” in two or three years, Carney said that the Defense Dept. concluded that their threat “mitigation” efforts were sufficient to ensure Americans are not at risk because these prisoners have been released.
“These five detainees do not and will not pose a significant threat to the United States,” Carney said.
“But you can’t say that they’ll be back with the Taliban,” White House Dossier reporter Keith Koffler asked. “You can’t say that that won’t happen.”
“I don’t predict the future, Keith,” Carney said.
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