Declaring they won't so much as fart in our direction seems pretty close to saying NONE of them would rejoin the fight. Almost certainly not 30% of them.
I read it, and meant is as a 50/50 shot. Half never lift a finger against us, and we lose track of half them as they disappear into the Pakistan mountains and rejoin the Taliban, or al Quaida, or whatever group they originated with.
With the implication that even those we lose track of that do rejoin the Taliban or alQuaida or whatever will not pose a threat to the US. Because if they ever did anything even slightly high profile we'd see them, because we're on the watch for them. So they can go train militia or carry supplies around in the mountains somewhere in Pakistan, and that's fine. It may be 'against us' but its not and never will be a real threat to the USA.
You make the argument that if they aren't an existential threat then they aren't any threat at all what so ever and should be released unconditionally. That is ridiculous.
Let me try to explain.
The unconditional release stems from US taking prisoners and then categorizing them ON PURPOSE to put them into a legal limbo, and then torturing them using further loopholes and legal murkiness, and denying them any protection under the Geneva convention. And that's the reason they should be simply released. Because WE fucked up. We could have done better.
The reality is they are prisoners of war [...] which kind sucks for you if you were fighting a holy war to the end of eternity.
Then they should have been treated at the very least as POWs.
The reason I call for unconditional release and deportation, is that we really fucked up as a country here. They should have been afforded the legal status and protections of POWs. Morally, we should undo this by simply sending them back home. In the same way that we release a known criminal that we captured with tainted illegal evidence. We know they are bad, but we are a nation of morals and laws. They may well pose some minor ongoing threat to the US and its persons... but so be it. Maybe we'll get them next time. Maybe someone will die first. But that is the price of the moral high ground. That is the price of freedom. That is the price for being a nation of law. We don't get to be completely safe all the time.
And they aren't so supremely dangerous that it justifies perpetuating our mistake. IF they actually and legitimately posed an existential threat to the country then yes, releasing them would not be a viable solution. I would not destroy the nation to make a moral point. But there is simply nothing they can do that is so great a threat that it is worth perpetuating this farce to continue to hold them. And if they play some small part in some small bomb in some possible future scenario... so be it. I'm sure we'll do our best to prevent exactly that; we know who they are and we'll be watching them.
In the future upon capturing an enemy soldier maybe our troops should give the detainee some rations, a weapon, ammo and send them on their way.
In the future, we should categorize them as captured civilians or captured POWs and treat them accordingly; rather than invent shameful legal black holes and then drop them into an oubliette to be forgotten.