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Brownback hopeful detainees won’t be moved to Kansas

February 10, 2009

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— Sen. Sam Brownback said Monday that Washington policymakers are beginning to slow down and think through the decision to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and move the detainees.

Brownback said that as policymakers learn more about Fort Leavenworth and two other military sites being considered as possible locations for the prisoners, they’re less likely to want to move some of the 240 suspected terrorists to Kansas.

“We’re not out of the woods by any means. We have to keep up the fight,” Brownback said.

The senator was the featured speaker at a flag ceremony at Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College, which educates U.S. and international officers. Officers from 46 nations presented their flags as the next 10-month course got under way.

“We’re going to keep the central mission educational and not a detention facility for foreign-born terrorists,” Brownback told the officers.

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order closing Guantanamo within a year. He didn’t specify where or how many of the suspects — some held since 2001 — would come to the mainland United States.

Some estimates are that fewer than 100 would need to be housed in federal or military locations. One potential site is Fort Leavenworth’s U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, the military’s only maximum-security prison.

Kansas officials have cited the lack of adequate security, a railroad passing through the post, a large family population and lack of sufficient health care as reasons not to move the suspected terrorists to Fort Leavenworth.

Brownback said after the ceremony that his office has been told by representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia that they would pull their officers from Fort Leavenworth program should detainees be transferred to post.

“This place has all the known problems, but on top of it, I think you really will gut the primary mission of the place if you move the detainees here, particularly our relationship with Muslim countries,” said Brownback, who has introduced legislation to keep the detainees out of Kansas.

Comments

lounger 5 years, 10 months ago

Brownback is scary and needs to go away forever. Bye, bye Sam....

leftylucky 5 years, 10 months ago

www.kansas.com/static/video/brownbackgirl/

leftylucky 5 years, 10 months ago

www.kansas.com/static/video/brownback-girl/this works

grammaddy 5 years, 10 months ago

Why can't we hold them at Leavenworth? Or at least a few. We've been holding the guy who bombed the WTC the first time in a Colorado detention center, I don't see the problem.

Dragon_Wheels 5 years, 10 months ago

If the terrorists are housed at Leavenworth, it becomes a target for anyone wanting to make a point-either other terrorists wanting to show solidarity with their "brothers" or angry Americans wanting "justice".

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 10 months ago

"Sam Brownback said Monday that Washington policymakers are beginning to slow down and think through the decision to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and move the detainees."And by "Washington policymakers," he means "Sen. Sam Brownback."You will notice it was Brownback who was flying off the handle on this one. His alarmist attitude hasn't helped policymakers "slow down and think though the decision," but rather it is Brownback who has been shown the way.Such leadership...

Confrontation 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm hopeful that Sam Brokeback will be moved to Cuba.

grammaddy 5 years, 10 months ago

If what all you fear-mongerers say is true, how come nobody has come for the guy in Colorado? The terrorists are not interested in showing us their "solidarity with their brothers"., and I haven't ever seen "angry Americans " rush a prison. You're right Beobachter, it's just more right-wing fear-mongering.

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