Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., told Fox News that he sent a list of questions to the White House, demanding they provide information on the exact number of prisoners released from Bagram by the Taliban, and how the administration is tracking them — after the Taliban released them in August.
Calvert said collection of that data is a “matter of normal procedure in theater,” telling Fox News it would be “surprising” if the administration did not have that information available to “identify and track these terrorists.”
“Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. You can’t deny that these people were released, and you can’t deny they’re out there,” Calvert told Fox News. “It would be a deadly mistake not to confront that issue seriously and hunt these people down — especially if they got into the United States.”
But a senior administration official told Fox News that, broadly, the U.S. military has intelligence collection procedures in any area they have a long-term presence. The U.S. had a presence in Afghanistan for 20 years.
The official told Fox News that if an individual was housed in a U.S. military facility, their information would be in the shared interagency intelligence databases.