TODAY | November 27, 2013
>> revelations about the war or terror and the government's use of detainee. andrea mitchell has this story. good morning to you.
>> good morning, savannah. it's a rare insight into how desperate the cia was after 9/11. a secret program in how to turn the hardcore guantanamo prison into secret agents for the u.s.
>> i have plans for you. much bigger than you spilling a few state secrets .
>> what plans.
>> i'm going to play you back into iran. now you work for us.
>> reporter: the aim, sending alleged terrorists back home to work undercover for the u.s. if it worked the pay off would be huge, penetrating al qaeda .
>> intelligence and military organizations are going to look at every individual they capture to fully understand how that individual can be exploited.
>> with a flair for irony the cia code named it penny lane after the iconic beatles song. just like strawberry fields . to tempt the prisoners, the cia offered perks, real beds and mattresses, private kitchens and showers even pornography for those that asked and they were paid millions of dollars from a secret cia account code name pledge. they got out unlike 164 detainees still imprisoned there. many far less dangerous than those sent home.
>> they're languishing in guantanamo who others are released regardless of how dangerous they want to be.
>> we know we have close to a 29% reengagement rate from those that have been released from guantanamo who we know has gotten back in the fight against us. i think it was a very ill conceived program.
>> the cia declined to comment on the program which was killed in 2006 when the flow of new prisoners slowed down dramatically and congress was taking a closer look at the tactics. savannah and matt.
>> that's an interesting one. thank you very much.